I come from

I come from an Irish Catholic family, and hell-raising is part of the DNA.

Being Irish is

Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.

But I dare

But I dare not think too far into the future on the risk that I’ll miss the present.

Every St. Patrick’s

Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.

If you’re Irish,

If you’re Irish, it doesn’t matter where you go – you’ll find family.

Books are the

Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.

where you are.

where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but

The test of

The test of civilization is its estimate of women.

Imagination is as

Imagination is as good as many voyages – and how much cheaper!

Anger is an

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.

where you are.

where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but

Be true to

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

An angry player

An angry player can’t argue with the back of an umpire who is walking away.

I am too

I am too weary to listen, too angry to hear.

There’s no longer

There’s no longer any surprise in noting that China has grave environmental problems.

I was punished

I was punished for blowing the whistle on my father’s lifestyle.

I’ve purged myself

I’ve purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.

I’ve stood my

I’ve stood my ground in life, alone, even against overwhelming forces with the might and money to crush me.

only souls and

only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from

I’m grateful for

I’m grateful for my brokenness. I’m grateful for my humility.

I love fast

I love fast cars… and to go too fast in them.

Men love it.

Men love it. They have a sense of humor, whereas a lot of women are threatened or just don’t get it.

I’ve dated men

I’ve dated men my age, younger than me and older. The only difference is the young ones are quicker at taking out the garbage.

That’s what the

That’s what the holidays are for – for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the Irish way?

And I think

And I think women have come a very, very long way, but they have a long way to go.

God has a

God has a most wicked sense of humor.

John Candy knew

John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time.

Above all else,

Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.

I was born

I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could possibly have hoped for.

John Candy knew

John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time.

Of the things

Of the things which nourish the imagination, humour is one of the most needful, and it is dangerous to limit or destroy it.

It is the

It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms.

There is no

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

plane from the

plane from the patron’s view of the artist as a paid employee.

For a writer

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.

To translate poetry,

To translate poetry, one has to possess some art, at the very least the art of stylistic re-embodiment.

Poetry isn’t just

Poetry isn’t just different from prose, it’s more important for the human species.

belong to the

belong to the Russian language. As to the state, from my point of view,

American poetry to

American poetry to me is a sort of relentless, nonstop sermon on human autonomy.

Tyranny will make

Tyranny will make an entire population into readers of poetry.

Poetry seems to

Poetry seems to be the only weapon able to beat language, using language’s own means.