The Irish

No man is an Ireland.  – Richard Daley

Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests.  I’ll dig with it. – Seamus Heaney

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. – Oscar Wilde

There is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.  – Sigmund Freud, on the Irish

The Irishman’s house is his coffin. –   James Joyce

An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination. – George Bernard Shaw

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

Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone.  It’s with O’Leary in the grave. – Yeats

There isn’t any point in being Irish unless you know that the world is going to break your heart eventually. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

I know that big people don’t like questions from children. They can ask all the questions they like, How’s school? Are you a good boy? Did you say your prayers? but if you ask them did they say their prayers you might be hit on the head. –  Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes

Health and life to you. The mate of your choice to you. Land without rent to you, And death in Eireann. – An Irish Toast