Sunday Quotes – Irish Authors On Being Irish

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

Edna O’Brien

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.

Katharine Tynan Hinkson

I think there’s something about the Irish experience — that we had to have a sense of humor or die. That’s what kept us going — a sense of absurdity, rather than humor.

Frank McCourt

When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.

J. P. Donleavy

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Oscar Wilde

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.

John McGahern

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

John Millington Synge

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