Conor Cruise O’Brien
Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.
Nothing does more to activate Christian divisions than talk about Christian unity.
Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.
The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine . . . a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.
Memorable Quotations: Irish Writers
Memorable Quotations: Irish Writers of the Past
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Memorable Quotations: Irish Playwrights
Memorable Quotations from Irish Playwrights
Memorable Quotations: Historians
Historians of the Past (Kindle Book)