As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
When you marry your mistress, you create a job vacancy.
Cheaters never prosper, unless they get away with it.
Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.
An Irishman can be worried by the consciousness that there is nothing to worry about.
It's a loser's emblem (swastika), because the Nazis lost the war. It's ridiculous to suggest we are involved with fascists. All my best friends are black, gay, Irish or criminals.
Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England - Ireland is not a geographical fragment, but a nation.
Eternal is the fact that the human creature born in Ireland and brought up in its air is Irish. I have lived for twenty years in Ireland and for seventy-two in England; but the twenty came first and in Britain I am still a foreigner and shall die one.
We are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Burke; we are the people of Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell. We have created most of the modern literature of this country. We have created the best of its political intelligence.
There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.
To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have.
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
Sheep are not considered the most intelligent animals but British scientist say humans may have underestimated the woolly creatures. In fact, the British scientific community is even suggesting that the animals might even be "Irish-smart.".
When Irish eyes are smiling, watch your step.
Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world?
The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
I can resist everything except temptation.
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.
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