10 pearls of wisdom from Irish writers


Ireland is well known for having a strong tradition of storytelling, poetry and conversation. Out of this, inspiring insights about life -- and a life well-lived, at that -- can be gleaned. We'd like to raise a virtual glass to Ireland and Irish writers everywhere. Sláinte.


"I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day." -- James Joyce


"Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget." -- Maria Edgeworth


"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing." -- W.B. Yeats


"I'm going to sound like an old man but at my age, it's lovely doing something that you've never done before." --Roddy Doyle


"You cannot predict literary success; the only way you can possibly aim for it is to do your thing and do it well." -- Emma Donoghue


"Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde


"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." -- Jonathan Swift


"If you woke up each morning, and immediately dwelt on your ills, what sort of a day could you look forward to?" -- Maeve Binchy


"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." -- George Bernard Shaw


"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett

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