|George Bernard Shaw
Life does not cease to be funny when people die anymore than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
|From Irish Folk Ways by E. Estyn Evans
What is called 'Irishness' can be understood only in relation to the homeland. There is a saying that you can take a boy out of Ireland but you cannot take Ireland out of the boy. In the long run, I believe geography counts for more than genes.
|From Literary and Historical Essays (1846) by Thom
This country of ours is no sand-bank thrown up by some caprice of earth. It is an ancient land, honoured in the archives of civilization , traceable into antiquity by its piety, its valour, and its sufferings. Every great European race has sent its stream to the river of the Irish mind.
|From 'Galway of the Races by Robert Lynd.
Galway City ...is to the discoverer of Ireland something like what Chapman's 'Homer' was to Keats. It's a clue, a provocation, an enticement.
|John Millington Synge
In Ireland, for a few years more, we have a popular imagination that is fiery and magnificent and tender, so that those of us who wish to write start with a chance that is not given to writers in places where the springtime of the local life has been forgotten and the harvest is a memory only, and the straw has been turned into bricks.
|Dubliners by James Joyce
One by one, they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
|John Stuart Mill
I know tolerably well what Ireland was, but have a very imperfect idea of what Ireland is.
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York (state), for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
The divine harbinger of summer - warm rain.
When Time who steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures too,
The memory of the past will stay,
And half our joys renew.
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