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We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
William Butler Yeats
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon.
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me. Why should it?
My wife and I both come from Irish families. There are two kinds of Irish families: the hitting kind and the kidding kind. If you're fortunate - and both of us are - you come from the kidding kind of Irish family.
P. J. O'Rourke
Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
William Butler Yeats
If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
I'm Irish, so I'm used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I'll call it dinner.
In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.
I'm Irish. I think about death all the time.
For every successful actor or actress, there are countless numbers who don't make it. The name of the game is rejection. You go to an audition and you're told you're too tall or you're too Irish or your nose is not quite right. You're rejected for your education, you're rejected for this or that and it's really tough.
I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
I never thought about becoming a professional singer, but I am in touch with Bono about releasing a musical movie. It will be about an Irish band during the '70s who are looking for fortune in Las Vegas. I should play the singer of the band but I don't want to sing in front of anybody.
My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American.
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet.
I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English.
The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer.
I'm just a true Irish boy at heart.
I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it.
John B. Keane
I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.
But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers - because there is something mystical in the air. There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.
But more than anything else, for the British folks Irish people were all terrorists. So when we went to Britain, it was always a lot of resistance to U2. And that's why we came to America.
Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.
I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don't consider myself Irish Catholic: I consider myself me, an American.
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