From the great Gales of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.
--G. K. Chesterton
Maybe it's bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us.
In order to find his equal,
an Irishman is forced to talk to God.
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
--Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.
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 Locke "The Exile's Return"
There is no language like the Irish
for soothing and quieting.
--John Millington Synge
Every St. Patrick's Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.
What's the use of being Irish if the world doesn't break your heart?
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It's not that the Irish are cynical.
It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? You don't want to press your luck.
An Irishman needs three things: silence, cunning and exile.
I'm troubled, I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.
-- Marianne Moore "Spenser's Ireland"
The Irish are a very fair people, they never speak well of one another.
The Irish don't know what they want and are prepared to fight to the death to get it.
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