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James Cagney
"Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on."

John Lennon
"If you could drink dreams like the Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn
In the Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land..."
Notes: The Luck of the Irish (song)

"Well, it takes all kinds of men to build a railroad."
"No sir, just us Irish."
Notes: Railroad barons in "Dodge City," Warner Bros., 1939

Charles Lindbergh
"I saw a fleet of fishing boats...I flew down almost touching the craft and yelled at them, asking if I was on the right road to Ireland. They just stared. Maybe they didn't hear me. Maybe I didn't hear them. Or maybe they thought I was just a crazy fool."

George Bernard Shaw
"A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care."

William Butler Yeats
"Neither Christ nor Buddha nor Socrates wrote a book, for to do so is to exchange life for a logical process."

George Bernard Shaw
Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.

Brendan Behan
I am a drinker with a writing problem.

Flannery O'Connor
"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."

George Bernard Shaw
"Ireland, sir, for good or evil, is like no other place under heaven, and no man can touch its sod or breathe its air without becoming better or worse."

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