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Quotes

“This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

“The problem with Ireland is that it’s a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent.” Hugh Leonard

“In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.”  Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

“I’m troubled, I’m dissatisfied. I’m Irish.” Marianne Moore “Spenser’s Ireland”

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.”   Alex Levine

“It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.” Gerry Adams

 

“Dublin University contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick.” Samuel Beckett

 

“It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.” Brendan Behan

 

“Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.” Brendan Behan

 

“Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.” Elizabeth Bowen

 

“If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.” James Joyce

 

“Let us walk into the conference room as equals and not second class citizens.” Martin McGuinness

 

“I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the same.” Iris Murdoch

 

“I’m an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.” Edna O’Brien

 

“An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.” George Bernard Shaw

 

“That’s what the holidays are for – for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the Irish way?” Lara Flynn Boyle

 

“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” Winston Churchill

 

“My Irish passport makes me look like a chief of staff for the Provisional IRA.”  Jack Higgins

 

“But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.” Anne McCaffrey

 

“My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers – because there is something mystical in the air. There’s always this cloudy, moody sky and it’s challenging.” Christopher Meloni

 

“I’m Irish. I think about death all the time.” Jack Nicholson

 

“Rain is also very difficult to film, particularly in Ireland because it’s quite fine, so fine that the Irish don’t even acknowledge that it exists.” Alan Parker

 

“Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.”  Fiona Shaw

 

“If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.”  Oscar Wilde

 

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”  William Butler Yeats

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