Irish Quotes

Continuing our Irish theme, here is a selection of quotations from a few great men of the Emerald Isle. No doubt you'll be familiar with some of them - perhaps you've even thought the same thing yourself.

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing I ever do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. - Oscar Wilde

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. - George Bernard Shaw

The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work. - W.B. Yeats

He who can does. He who cannot, teaches. - George Bernard Shaw

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. - George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is a very necessary article... It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning. - George Bernard Shaw

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. - Oscar Wilde

The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails. - James Joyce

[Dancing is] a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire. - George Bernard Shaw

I can resist everything except temptation. - Oscar Wilde

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. - George Bernard Shaw

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. - Oscar Wilde

Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old. - Jonathan Swift

When one has reached 81... one likes to sit back and let the world turn by itself, without trying to push it. - Sean O'Casey

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. - George Moore

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs. - John Pentland Mahaffy