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The Splendid Torch:
Irish Quotations and Blessings

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To celebrate the day when everyone's Irish, I've gathered a collection of quotations and blessings from well-known and unknown Irish sources.

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St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.--Adrienne Cook

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The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens. --Irish proverb

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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book --Irish proverb

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To please himself only the cat purrs. --Irish Proverb

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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.--C.S. Lewis

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There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us--Oscar Wilde

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Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.

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Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.

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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

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Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.

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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

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The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

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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.

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Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

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As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

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In dreams begins responsibility. --William Butler Yeats

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. --William Butler Yeats

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Laughter is wine for the soul -- laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live. --Sean O'Casey

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The hallway of every man's life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live. Sean O'Casey

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

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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. -- Jonathan Swift

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Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. --Samuel Lover

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. --Oliver Goldsmith

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Don't be breaking your shin on a stool that's not in your way. --Irish Saying

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Blessings

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
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May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
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May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
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May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.
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May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
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May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
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Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play-
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song- All your whole life long!
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May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and a smooth road all the way to your door.
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