Ireland Quotes

 A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Cooking was invented in prehistoric times, when a primitive tribe had a lucky accident. The tribe had killed an animal and was going to eat it raw, when a tribe member named Woog tripped and dropped it into the fire. At first the other tribe members were angry at Woog, but then, as the aroma of burning meat filled the air, they had an idea. So they ate Woog raw."o eyewitness accounts of an accident, it makes you wonder about history. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 All stories teach us something, and promise us something, whether they're true or invented, legend or fact 
Author: Stewart O'Nan
Nationality: American
b. 04 February 1961
  
 America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around. Human rights invented America. 
Author: Jimmy Carter
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1924
  
 An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 Anger warms the Invention, but overheats the oven. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore. That's what parents were invented for. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheep like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving. 
Author: John Dewey
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1859  - d. 1 June 1952
  
 Doubt is the father of invention. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 08 February 1642
  
 Either follow tradition or invent what is self-consistent. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 Everything that can be invented has been invented. 
Author: Charles Duell
Nationality: American
b. December 1899
  
 Faith is a fine invention For gentlemen who see; But Microscopes are prudent In an emergency. 
Author: Emily Dickinson
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1830  - d. 15 May 1886
  
 For the great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Getting caught is the mother of invention. 
Author: Robert Byrne
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1928
  
 He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must invent twenty more to maintain that one. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Hope is a strange invention - A Patent of the Heart - In unremitting action Yet never wearing out 
Author: Emily Dickinson
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1830  - d. 15 May 1886
  
 I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I could have become a soldier if I had waited; I knew more about retreating than the man who invented retreating. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble. 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig. 
Author: Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Nationality: American
b. 13 August 1899  - d. 29 April 1980
  
 I'm proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 I've begun to believe that the reasonable Is an invention of man, altogether in opposition To the facts of creation. 
Author: Christopher Fry
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1907  - d. 30 June 2005
  
 If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners. 
Author: Johnny Carson
Nationality: American
b. 23 October 1925  - d. 23 January 2005
  
 If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement of a bad invention. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 If you get simple beauty and nought else, You get about the best thing God invents. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams - daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing--are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization. 
Author: L. Frank Baum
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1856  - d. 6 May 1919
  
 Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 Invention is the talent of youth, as judgement is of age. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow. 
Author: James Joyce
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 February 1882  - d. 13 January 1941
  
 It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention. 
Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1904  - d. 18 February 1967
  
 It is time to invent a new God as the specifications for the old ones need revising.We should exclude the idea that God is happy when we kill each other and the idea that one group controls this God or that a human is required to explain what God wants. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Last night I rented the movie 'Love Story.' I still cry at that scene where Al Gore invents the Internet. 
Author: George H. W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 12 June 1924
  
 If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. 
Author: Lily Tomlin
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1939
  
 Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which believe the idea that things cannot be changed. 
Author: Tom Clancy
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 Matrimony - the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented. 
Author: Heinrich Heine
Nationality: German
b. 13 December 1797  - d. 17 February 1856
  
 Money was invented so we could know exactly how much we owe. 
Author: Cullen Hightower
Nationality: German   
 Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention. 
Author: Margaret Mead
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1901  - d. 15 November 1978
  
 Necessity is the mother of invention. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Need is the mother of invention. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Irish   
 Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 Of Ireland:- She's the most distressful country that iver yet was seen For they're hangin' men an' women there for the wearin' o' the Green. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Better to have left the place as a monument to Hitler's madness, to the savageries of Nazism and the complicity of the German people, to remind them, and the rest of us, that a modern nation had turned all of Europe and the Soviet Union into an abattoir and had invented assembly-line genocide. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Ornaments were invented by modesty. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention. 
Author: Whitney Young Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1921  - d. 11 March 1971
  
 P.S. This Internet of yours is a wonderful invention. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Patience! Patience! Patience is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there should be no need of such a thing as patience. 
Author: Grace King
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1852  - d. 12 January 1932
  
 People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one asks the inventor what he thinks of other people. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Saint Patrick was a gentleman ...Who through strategy and stealth ...Drove all the snakes from Ireland ...Here's a drinkee to his health! But not too many drinkees ...Lest we lose ourselves and then ...Forget the good Saint Patrick ...And see them snakes again! 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing. 
Author: Paul Chatfield
Nationality: English   
 Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention ... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. 
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Nationality: Scottish
b. 15 August 1771  - d. 21 September 1832
  
 The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not created there it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 The human body is the magazine of inventions, the patent office, where are the models from which every hint is taken. All the tools and engines on earth are only extensions of its limbs and senses. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. 
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Nationality: English
b. December 1903  - d.  December 1966
  
 The invention of the excuse did away with all fools. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt. 
Author: Henry George
Nationality: American
b. 2 September 1839  - d. 2 October 1897
  
 The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence, and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants, and the fatuity of idiots. 
Author: Sydney Smith
Nationality: English
b. 3 June 1771  - d. 22 February 1845
  
 The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first Literature of that thought. 
Author: Pierre Bayle
Nationality: French
b. 18 November 1647  - d. 28 December 1706
  
 They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. 
Author: Clare Boothe Luce
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1903  - d. 9 October 1987
  
 To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear. 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 Was it for this the wild geese spread The grey wing upon every tide; For this, that all that blood was shed ... All that delirium of the brave? Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, It's with O'Leary in the grave. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - gunpowder and romantic love. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity-gunpowder and romantic love. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?' 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 When we say ''science'' we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve; we may give somewhat of novelty to that which was old; condensation to that which was diffuse, perspicuity to that which was obscure, and currency to that which was recondite. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 With the invention of excuses, no one is to blame. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 You can have all the advanced war methods you want, but, after all, nobody has ever invented a war that you don't have to have somebody in the guise of soldiers to stop the bullets. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 The art of writing books is not yet invented. But it is at the point of being invented. Fragments of this nature are literary seeds. There may be many an infertile grain among them: nevertheless, if only some come up! 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes. . . we never stopped inventing. 
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 I may safely predict that the education of the future will be inventive-minded. It will believe so profoundly in the high value of the inventive or creative spirit that it will set itself to develop that spirit by all means within its power. 
Author: Harry A. Overstreet
Nationality: American   
 Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market. 
Author: E. F. Schumacher
Nationality: English
b. December 1911  - d.  December 1977
  
 I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint Literatureity. That is out - that is a derogation of sovereignty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. 
Author: Edith Wharton
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1862  - d. 11 August 1937
  
 I have a thing coming up where I've written a lot of dirty limericks where I haven't used any dirty words. I've invented my own dirty words. They're not a substitute for the other words, but can be used any way you want them. 
Author: Shel Silverstein
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1930  - d. 10 May 1999
  
 The hope of free man in a frightened world is the values which man puts ahead of inventions when his back is to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof. 
Author: Ralph Washington Sockman
Nationality: American
b. 01 October 1889  - d. 29 August 1970
  
 As far as I'm concerned, "whom" is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. 
Author: Calvin Marshall Trillin
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1935
  
 Henry is entirely invented though by now I feel he's as real as anyone I know. 
Author: Sue Grafton
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1940
  
 Some characters are invented out of whole cloth. Some are borrowed from life with a few modifications thrown in. 
Author: Sue Grafton
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1940
  
 Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze. 
Author: Barbara Sher
Nationality: American   
 It's a struggle but that's why we exist, so that another generation of Lesbians of color will not have to invent themselves, or their history, all over again. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 Matter of fact, the style that people use today, I invented in a way. 
Author: John Frederick Milius
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1944
  
 Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance. 
Author: Jean Anouilh
Nationality: French
b. 23 June 1910  - d. 3 October 1987
  
 The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don't, there's no hope for you. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 I am the primitive of the method I have invented. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 No one person invented Mulberry. The knowledge that we had to have this floating harbor slowly grew. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary. 
Author: Harold Bloom
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1930
  
 His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it. 
Author: Saki
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1870  - d. 14 November 1916
  
 The very greatest things - great thoughts, discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty. 
Author: Samuel Smiles
Nationality: Scottish
b. 23 December 1812  - d. 16 April 1904
  
 Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 We would have to invent the U.N. if we did not have it, which is not an original thought. 
Author: Shirley Temple
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn't shut up! 
Author: Ingrid Bergman
Nationality: Swedish
b. 29 August 1915  - d. 29 August 1982
  
 Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' is not above sudden, disturbing, movements. Since its inception, capitalism has known slumps and recessions, bubble and froth; no one has yet dis-invented the business cycle, and probably no one will; and what Schumpeter famously called the 'gales of creative destruction' still roar mightily from time to time. To lament these things is ultimately to lament the bracing blast of freedom itself. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The public, who consume the new commodity or profit by the new invention, are much better judges of its merit than the government can be. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 Poor but happy is not a phrase invented by a poor person. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality. The spirit of nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor. 
Author: George William Russell
Nationality: Irish
b. 10 April 1867  - d. 17 July 1935
  
 Every perfect life is a parable invented by God. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of the void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nationality: British
b. 30 August 1797  - d. 1 February 1851
  
 Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of voice, but out of chaos. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nationality: British
b. 30 August 1797  - d. 1 February 1851
  
 Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nationality: British
b. 30 August 1797  - d. 1 February 1851
  
 I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for the League of Nations. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 A man with an invention on which he has spent his life, but has no means to get it developed for the good of humanity - or even patented for himself - must feel the pinch of poverty very acutely. 
Author: James Payn
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1830  - d. 25 March 1898
  
 Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 The poet begins where the man ends. The man's lot is to live his human life, the poet's to invent what is nonexistent. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 When I finally write the first sentence, I want to know everything that happens, so that I am not inventing the story as I write it - rather, I am remembering a story that has already happened. 
Author: John Irving
Nationality: American
b. 2 March 1942
  
 I invent nothing, I rediscover. 
Author: Auguste Rodin
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1840  - d. 17 November 1917
  
 What makes our poetry so contemptible nowadays is its paucity of ideas. If you want to be read, invent. Who the Devil wouldn't like to read something new? 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 One is rarely an impulsive innovator after the age of sixty, but one can still be a very fine orderly and inventive thinker. One rarely procreates children at that age, but one is all the more skilled at educating those who have already been procreated, and education is procreation of another kind. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing. 
Author: Sir Joshua Reynolds
Nationality: English
b. 16 July 1723  - d. 23 February 1792
  
 Inventories can be managed, but people must be led. 
Author: Ross Perot
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1930
  
 No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. 
Author: Antonin Artaud
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1896  - d. 4 March 1948
  
 The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for. 
Author: Will Cuppy
Nationality: American
b. 23 August 1884  - d. 19 September 1949
  
 Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 For more than 150 years free men in our countries have had the opportunities to educate themselves, choose their own religions, select their own occupations, accumulate capital and invent better ways of doing things. 
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1890  - d. 26 September 1961
  
 Ireland and England are like two sisters; I would have them embrace like one brother. 
Author: Boyle Roche
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1736  - d. 5 June 1807
  
 The cup of Ireland's misery has been overflowing for centuries and is not yet half full. 
Author: Boyle Roche
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1736  - d. 5 June 1807
  
 We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm. 
Author: Marianne Williamson
Nationality: American
b. 8 July 1952
  
 Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education. 
Author: Paul Erd?s
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 26 March 1913  - d. 30 September 1996
  
 The fact that I have entered into IT-related business is proof that businesses have to evolve and keep with time. One has to re-invent continuously. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men. 
Author: Alexander Graham Bell
Nationality: American
b. 3 March 1847  - d. 2 August 1922
  
 Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting. 
Author: Finley Peter Dunne
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1867  - d. 24 April 1936
  
 A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself. 
Author: Frederico Fellini
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 January 1920  - d. 31 October 1993
  
 If God had wanted us to spend our time fretting about the problems of home ownership, He would never have invented beer. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 Accursed be he that first invented war. 
Author: Christopher Marlowe
Nationality: English
b. 26 February 1564  - d. 30 May 1593
  
 What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labour of the underclass. 
Author: August Strindberg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 22 January 1849  - d. 14 May 1912
  
 Man has made use of his intelligence, he invented stupidity. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war. 
Author: Remy de Gourmont
Nationality: French
b. 4 April 1858  - d. 27 September 1915
  
 Theories of genius are the peculiar constructions of our own philosophical times; ages of genius had passed away, and they left no other record than their works; no preconcerted theory described the workings of the imagination to be without imagination, nor did they venture to teach how to invent invention. 
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
Nationality: English
b. 11 May 1766  - d. 19 January 1848
  
 Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention. 
Author: Ninon de l'Enclos
Nationality: French
b. 10 November 1620  - d. 17 October 1705
  
 They claim to be the first inventors of those recondite beverages, cocktail, stonefence, and sherry cobbler. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 He who first shortened the labor of copyists by device of movable types was disbanding hired armies, and cashiering most kings and senates, and creating a whole new democratic world: he had invented the art of printing. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Peat preserves timber, animals, and such unexpected treasure-troves as hoards of acorns and firkins of beech butter from the forests which preceded the bogs. A whole archaeology may very well lie in peat, and the pollen record may reveal past history. At the base of Irish bogs the Fir Bolg (the little people), their axes, bridges, butter, and forest life are well preserved. They and their forests were banished, as if by magic, by the Tuatha de Danan (the Children of Diana) who now dig the peat. Diana was displaced in turn by Mary, mother of God. But all are mixed in the peat and the tongue of Ireland. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 The poet doesn't invent. He listens. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 Media reports stated that Al Gore claimed he "invented the Internet." - Al Gore  
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: French   
 I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity. 
Author: Bette Midler
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1945
  
 Good taste is the worst vice ever invented. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 Dad, you hit the wrong target when you write that you wish I were at Princeton living "in the even tenor of my way." I hate that expression and as far as I am able I intend to avoid that condition. When impulse and spontaneity fail to make my "way" as uneven as possible then I shall sit up nights inventing means of making life as conglomerate and vivid as possible. Those who live in the even tenor of their way simply exist until death ends their monotonous tranquility. No, there's going to be no even tenor with me. The more uneven it is the happier I shall be. And when my time comes to die, I'll be able to die happy, for I will have done and seen and heard and experienced all the joy, pain, thrills - every emotion that any human ever had - and I'll be especially happy if I am spared a stupid, common death in bed. So, Dad, I'm afraid your wish will always come to naught, for my way is to be ever changing, but always swift, acute and leaping from peak to peak instead of following the rest of the herd, shackled in conventionalities, along the monotonous narrow path in the valley. The dead have reached perfection when it comes to even tenor! 
Author: Richard Halliburton
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1900  - d. 24 March 1939
  
 Women's virtue is man's greatest invention. 
Author: Cornelia Otis Skinner
Nationality: American
b. 30 May 1899  - d. 9 July 1979
  
 Dictators never invent their own opportunities. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Dictators never invent their own opportunities. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books. 
Author: Robert Maynard Hutchins
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1899  - d. 17 May 1977
  
 Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price. Arthur Calwell was a great Australian and Labor leader, and it is a pity that there are not men of his stature sitting on the opposition benches today. Arthur Calwell said: Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians. I have no hesitation in echoing the words of Arthur Calwell. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 If Aslan represented the immaterial Deity in the same way in which Giant Despair - a character in The Pilgrim's Progress - represents despair, he would be an allegorical figure. In reality however he is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, 'What might Christ become like, if there really were a world like Narnia and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?' This is not allegory at all. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Some theists, observing that all 'effects' need a cause, assert that God is a cause but not an effect. But no one has ever observed an uncaused cause and simply inventing one merely assumes what the argument wishes to prove. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought. 
Author: Pierre Bayle
Nationality: French
b. 18 November 1647  - d. 28 December 1706
  
 And truly it little matters what I say, this or that or any other thing. Saying is inventing. Wrong, very rightly wrong. You invent nothing, you think you are inventing, you think you are escaping, and all you do is stammer out your lesson, the remnants of a pensum one day got by heart and long forgotten, life without tears, as it is wept. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 All this business of a labour to accomplish, before I can end, of words to say, a truth to recover, in order to say it, before I can end, of an imposed task, once known, long neglected, finally forgotten, to perform, before I can be done with speaking, done with listening, I invented it all, in the hope it would console me, help me to go on, allow me to think of myself as somewhere on a road, moving, between a beginning and an end, gaining ground, losing ground, getting lost, but somehow in the long run making headway. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. 
Author: John Berger
Nationality: English
b. 5 November 1926
  
 The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men (cries out for universal brotherhood) for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 The leaders in Ireland have nearly always left the people at the critical moment; they have sometimes sold them. The former Volunteer movement was abandoned by its leaders; O'Connell recoiled before the cannon at Clontarf; twice the hour of the Irish revolution struck during Young Ireland days and twice it struck in vain, for Meagher hesitated in Waterford, Duffy and McGee hesitated in Dublin. Stephens refused to give the word in '65; he never came in '66 or '67. I do not blame these men; you or I might have done the same. It is a terrible responsibility to be cast on a man, that of bidding the cannon speak and the grapeshot pour. 
Author: Padraic Pearse
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1916
  
 It's tempting to wonder how many of the inventions of the past century we might have been better off without. Take the aeroplane for instance. It has transformed warfare from an event in which trained soldiers kill each other on distant battlefields to occasions when death is rained down indiscriminately on innocent civilians, while the professional fighters fly at a great height in comparative safety. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 It was altogether a very jolly life that I led in Ireland. The Irish people did not murder me, nor did they even break my head. I soon found them to be good-humoured, clever - the working classes very much more intelligent than those of England - economical and hospitable. 
Author: Anthony Trollope
Nationality: English
b. 24 April 1815  - d. 06 December 1882
  
 It was altogether a very jolly life that I led in Ireland. The Irish people did not murder me, nor did they even break my head. I soon found them to be good-humoured, clever the working classes very much more intelligent than those of England economical and hospitable. 
Author: Anthony Trollope
Nationality: English
b. 24 April 1815  - d. 06 December 1882
  
 I'm proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this show will feature a lot of Irish dancing. 
Author: Michael Ryan Flatley
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1958
  
 I would rather be having a burger and beers with my mates but I can't do that when I know I've got to dance. 
Author: Michael Ryan Flatley
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1958
  
 I'm not an egomaniac like a lot of people say. But I am the world's best dancer, that's for sure. 
Author: Michael Ryan Flatley
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1958
  
 Follow your dreams, because you wouldn't want it so bad if you couldn't have it. The universe gives you these dreams because you can have them. If you're willing to work for it, you can have anything you want. 
Author: Michael Ryan Flatley
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1958
  




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