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

James Dunne
The quiet Irishman is about as harmless as a powder magazine built over a match factory.

John Hewitt
This is our fate: eight hundred years' disaster, crazily tangled like the Book of Kells: the dream's distortion and the land's division, the midnight raiders and the prison cells.

John Locke
O Ireland isn't it grand you look --
Like a bride in her rich adornin?
And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o' the mornin!

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

Lord Byron
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication.

Lydia M. Child
Not in vain is Ireland pouring itself all over the earth. Divine Providence has a mission for her children to fulfill; though a mission unrecognized by political economists. There is ever a moral balance preserved in the universe, like the vibrations of the pendulum. The Irish, with their glowing hearts and reverent credulity, are needed in this cold age of intellect and skepticism.
Notes: (1802-1880)

Margaret Jackson
Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.

Marianne Moore
I'm troubled, I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.

Mark Twain
Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he's a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.

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