G. K. Chesteron - Various Quotations

‘For the great earls of Ireland / Are the men that God [has] made / For all their wars are merry / And all their songs are sad.’

‘The Irishman of the English farce, with his brogue, his bouyancy, and his tender-hearted irresponsibility, is a man who ought to have been thoroughly pampered with praise and sympathy, if he had only existed to receive them. Unfortunately all the time that we were treating a comic Irishman in fiction, we were creating a tragic Irishman in fact.’ (George Bernard Shaw, Bodley Head, 1914, p.18.)

See also under Maurice Headlam, attached.

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