Spike Milligan 1918-2002
"And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected."
"I don't need to thank anyone - I did it all by myself"
Brendan Behan 1923-1964
"I am a drinker with writing problems"
" It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody."
Richard Harris 1930-2002
"Marriage is a custom brought about by women who then proceed to live off men and destroy them, completely enveloping the man in a destructive cocoon or eating him away like a poisonous fungus on a tree."
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life."
Douglas Adams 1952-2001
"May I recommend serenity to you? A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. Learn to be one with the joy of the moment."
Ronnie Drew 1934-2008
"I wouldn't call myself an actor or a singer for that matter, just a journeyman. [...] I feel I must have a talent somewhere for doing something but I'm still not terribly sure what it is. I suppose it's a talent for being myself."
John Lennon 1940-1980
"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."
Maude Gonne 1866-1953
Kept W.B. Yeats happy by steadfastly refusing to marry him.
Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973
"I am deeply interested in life with the lid on and what happens when the lid comes off"
Maureen O'Hara 1920-2015
"I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could possibly have hoped for."
"I'm terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and Cod says to me, just a minute."
Christopher Hitchens 1949 - 2011
"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence"
"Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint"
Derek Bell 1935-2002
Bell was the only member of the band to wear a tie at every public performance. He favoured socks with novelty designs, such as images of LooneyTunes characters. He wore scruffy suits, often with trousers that were too short. He was eccentric and told obscene jokes. The title of his 1981 solo album Derek Bell Plays With Himself has a conscious double-entendre.
Sheila Michaels 1939-2017
Re-introduced and encouraged the term "Ms" to stop identifying women by their marital status.
"(I) was looking for a title for a woman who did not 'belong' to a man," she said in a 2007 interview with the Guardian.
G.B. Shaw 1856-1950
"A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."
Grace O'Malley 1530-1603
O'Malley had every reason, and used every opportunity, to limit the power of the Kingdom of Ireland over her part of the country. Her castle at Clare Island was attacked by an expedition from Galway led by Sheriff William Óge Martyn in March 1579. However, they were put to flight and barely escaped.
Mata Hari 1876-1917
Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
"I was never content at home..."
Rosalind Franklin 1920-1958
Franklin is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA, particularly Photo 51, while at King's College, London, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix for which James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.
Seamus Heaney 1939-2013
Loyalism, or Unionism, or Protestantism, or whatever you want to call it, in Northern Ireland - it operates not as a class system, but a caste system.
George Carlin 1937-2008
The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
Robin Williams 1951-2014
"If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days."
"Being in the same room with people and creating something together is a good thing."
Worldwide Assembly of Cod
Peter O'Toole 1932-2013
It's very inconvenient because every time I finish, let's say, a chapter of a book, I think I'm going to ring Richard and then realize: Oh, Christ, I've buried him. I buried him last year.
"Carl Sagan 1934-1996
"The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition."
" It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."