Ireland celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising this week. With that in mind I wanted to share some quotes for my fellow Irish citizens to read with pride. While all the greats deserve a mention, Padraig Pearse quotes impacted me the most.
It fills me with pride knowing that our country fought tooth and nail for what they believed in and it has transcended through history. Through all generations to date as Pearse mentions below, and will our children’s generation too. Our history makes us who we are and for that we are forever grateful to the Irish Rebels for fighting our corner! #irishandproud #fightingirish
“Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” – Pádraig Pearse
“You must not grieve for all this. We have preserved Ireland’s honour and our own. Our deeds of last week are the most splendid in Ireland’s history. People will say hard things of us now, but we shall be remembered by posterity and blessed by unborn generations. You too will be blessed because you were my mother.” – Pádraig Pearse
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”― Pádraig Pearse
“If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then our children will win it by a better deed.” ― Pádraig Pearse
“Life springs from death; and from the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations.”
“Blood is a cleansing and sanctifying thing, and the nation that regards it as the final horror has lost its manhood… there are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them!” ― Pádraig Pearse
“The wise have pitied the fool that hath striven to give a life
In the world of time and space among the bulks of actual things,
To dream that was dreamed in the heart, and that only the heart could hold.
Oh wise men, riddle me this: What if the dream come true?” ― Pádraig Pearse
“As long as Ireland is unfree the only honourable attitude for Irish men, women to have is an attitude of rebellion.” ― Pádraig Pearse
“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.” ― Pádraig Pearse
“We seem to have lost. We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose; to fight is to win. We have kept faith with the past, and handed on a tradition to the future.” – Pádraig Pearse