Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.
I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
The Irish are a fair people: They never speak well of one another.
The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.
Every St. Patrick's Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
What's the use of being Irish if you can't be thick?
There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.
Being Irish was a big thing for me, particularly growing up in Chicago.
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
You know it is summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
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.