Quotes by Irish authors


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"Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword"
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"I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience - it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere"
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"Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics"
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"That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously"
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"For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse - why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!"
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"A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in"
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"A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar"
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"My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play"
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"It's a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I'm waiting for that first question"
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"I've always believed in survival"
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"I'm a writer, and what I do is write. I wasn't able to do anything else"
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"I'm a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer"
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"I went through life like an idiot for a great deal of the time, saying there's nothing I would change. That was a very arrogant thing to say. There's a lot I would change. There are people I would have steered clear of"
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"I think with every writer there are two people there"
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"I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it"
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"I don't think anyone is the perfect one to play me"
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"I came down to the living room one day and my wife was standing in the living room. It wasn't an illusion. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The moment I saw her, she vanished"
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"Gossip is more popular than literature"
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"As somebody once said, we're not punished for our sins, we're punished by them"
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"Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed"
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"A thing well done is worth doing"
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"We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything, it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were"
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"We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We're also all the kindnesses we did. I hate to think of life as if we understood time. We don't understand time"
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"The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent"
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"My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father"
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"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being"
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"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends"
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"Hatred is blind, as well as love"
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"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life"
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"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months"
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