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St. Patrick's Day Quotations

  1. "Some are born mad. Some remain so."
    -- Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

  2. "Nothing is funnier than unhappiness."
    -- Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

  3. "What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes."
    -- Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) - Irish playwright, novelist

  4. "I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  5. "To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  6. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  7. "I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  8. "How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  9. "Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  10. "Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world."
    -- Samuel Beckett

  11. "I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer."
    -- Brendan Behan

  12. "New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment . . . . a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat."
    -- Brendan Behan (1923-1964) - Irish dramatist, author

  13. "It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody."
    -- Brendan Behan

  14. "I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse."
    -- Brendan Behan

  15. "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."
    -- Brendan Behan

  16. "I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
    -- Brendan Behan

  17. "In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God."
    -- Stephen Braveheart

  18. "The only thing for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
    -- Edmund Burke (attributed) (1729– 1797)

  19. "All government—indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act—is founded on compromise and barter."
    -- Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

  20. "Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity."
    -- Samuel Butler

  21. "You are the last honey by the water no hive can find."
    -- Austin Clarke - Irish poet

  22. "St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."
    -- Adrienne Cook

  23. "When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Ireland."
    -- J. P. Dunleavy

  24. "This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."
    -- Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

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  25. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith

  26. "And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,/ That one small head could carry all he knew."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) - Irish-born poet, dramatist, author

  27. "Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,/ With grammar, and nonsense, and learning,/ Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,/ Gives genius a better discerning."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith

  28. "The first blow is half the battle."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith

  29. "Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith

  30. "Every absurdity has a champion to defend it."
    -- Oliver Goldsmith

  31. "There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful."
    -- Katherine Tynan Hinkson

  32. "You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was."
    -- Irish Proverb

  33. "The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens."
    -- Irish Proverb

  34. "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."
    -- Irish Proverb

  35. "You never miss the water till the well has run dry."
    -- Irish Proverb

  36. "Half a loaf of bread is better than no bread at all."
    -- Irish Proverb

  37. "Remember even if you loose all, keep your good name; for if you loose that you are worthless."
    -- Irish Proverb

  38. "An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth."
    -- Irish Saying

  39. "Don't be breaking your shin on a stool that's not in your way."
    -- Irish Saying

  40. "Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart."
    -- Margaret Jackson

  41. "The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us; to develop, to their fullest extent, the capacities of every kind with which the God who made us has endowed us."
    -- Anna Jameson(1794-1860) - Irish author, art critic

  42. "All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side."
    -- Anna Jameson

  43. "What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself."
    -- Anna Jameson

  44. "A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense."
    -- Anna Jameson

  45. "Fame is that which is known to exist by the echo of its footsteps through congenial minds."
    -- Anna Jameson

  46. "The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another."
    -- Samuel Johnson

  47. "The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails."
    -- James Joyce (1882 – 1941)

  48. "The man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."
    -- James Joyce (1882–1941)

  49. "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

  50. "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers."
    -- John F. Kennedy

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