quote by Patrick Pearse

You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children will win it by a better deed.

— Patrick Pearse

Dreamy Ireland And The Irish quotations

They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon.

I have no prouder boast to say I am Irish and have been privileged to fight for the Irish people and for Ireland. If I have a duty I will perform it to the full with the unshakable belief that we are a noble race and that chains and bounds have no part in us

This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.

God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

There can never be peace in Ireland until the foreign oppressive British presence is removed, leaving all the Irish people as a unit to control their own affairs and determine their own destinies as a sovereign people, free in mind and body, separate and distinct physically, culturally and economically.

Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.

Here's to our wives and girlfriends...may they never meet!

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees.

Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

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

It's better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money.

In Ireland, it's been like U2 and The Cranberries, which is rock, but you know they're Irish.

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he entitled to happiness?

If a man who can’t count finds a four leaf clover, is he lucky?

My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once.

I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.

I was born in the island of Ireland. I have Irish traits in me - we don't all have the traits of what came from Scotland, there is the celtic factor... and I am an Irishman because you cannot be an Ulsterman without being an Irishman.

What's the use of being Irish if you can't be thick?

My mother was Irish and she was superstitious, if you'll forgive the tautology.

We all have views on what our Irishness means to us.

Two members of the band were born in England and were raised in the Protestant faith. Bono's mother was Protestant and his father was Catholic. I was brought up Catholic. U2 are a living example of the kind of unity of faith and tradition that is possible in Northern Ireland.

Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language;

it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.

I was born on a storm-swept rock and hate the soft growth of sun-baked lands where there is no frost in men's bones.

Let no man write my epitaph. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written.

Ireland has made its choice for the future and it has chosen the version of Irishness it will build. I know, and I will work with head and heart to be part of it with all of you in creating that future one in which all of us can be part of and part of us too.

It is in that English Parliament the chains for Ireland are forged, and any Irish patriot who goes into that forge to free Ireland will soon find himself welded into the agency of his country's subjection to England.

How would you know a Cork footballer? He's the one who thinks that oral sex is just talking about it.

And the merry love the fiddle, and the merry love to dance.

The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.

I always went to Ireland as a child. I remember trips to Dundalk, Wexford, Cork and Dublin. My gran was born in Dublin, and we had a lot of Irish friends, so we'd stay on their farms and go fishing. They were fantastic holidays - being outdoors all day and coming home to a really warm welcome in the evenings.

The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland.

You know, I have a theory about Charlie Haughey. If you give him enough rope, he'll hang you.

The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form, but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.

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