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"Even if the ball was wrapped in bacon, Lassie couldn't find it."
Notes: Heard from an Irish caddie, after a particularly bad shot.

Those who drink to forget, please pay in advance.
Notes: Sign at the Hibernian Bar, Cork City

John McGahern
"As a writer, I write to see. If I knew how it would end, I wouldn't write. It's a process of discovery."

Elvis Costello
"I started with rock n' roll and...then you start to take it apart like a child with a toy and you see there's blues and there's country...Then you go back from country into American music...and you end up in Scotland and Ireland eventually."

Brendan Gill
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Michael Collins
I tell you this - early this morning I signed my death warrant.
Notes: after signing a treaty on December 6, 1921 with England creating the Irish Free State as a dominion within the British Commonwealth. He was later assassinated by partisans unhappy with the deal.

Tom Hayden
"I was raised in an Irish-American home in Detroit where assimilation was the uppermost priority. The price of assimilation and respectability was amnesia. Although my great-grandparents were victims of the Great Hunger of the 1840's, even though I was named Thomas Emmet Hayden IV after the radical Irish nationalist exile Thomas Emmet, my inheritance was to be disinherited. My parents knew nothing of this past, or nothing worth passing on."

John F. Kennedy
If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company.
Notes: during a 1963 visit to Ireland

John Millington Synge
"A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned...for he will go out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drownded now and again."
Notes: The Aran Islands

C. S. Lewis
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

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