|William Butler Yeats
Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry.
A long time away in a strange land and home is warm at Christmas and the lights are never so welcome as when you see them from a long time, long way off.
Notes: From the Age-Old Message
The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
|Mayor Terence MacSwiney
The contest on our side is not one of rivalry or vengeance, but of endurance. It is not those who can inflict the most, but those who can suffer the most who will conquer.
Notes: Inaugural speech of Cork Mayor, who died on hunger strike, October 25, 1920
|Richard D'Alton Williams
Hang the bard, and cut the punster,
Fling all rhyming to the deuce,
Take a business tour through Munster,
Shoot a landlord and be of use.
Notes: Advice to a Young Poet
There are only two dialects of Irish, plain Irish and toothless Irish, and, lacking a proper acquaintance with the latter, I think I missed the cream of the old man's talk.
Notes: From 'Leinster, Munster and Connaught'
|John F. Kennedy
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
I was born on a storm-swept rock and hate the soft growth of sun-baked lands where there is no frost in mens bones.
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.
Notes: From Act I of She Stoops to Conquer
The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
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