John Philpot Curran quotes

John Philpot Curran was born 24 July 1750.

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He was an Irish politician, wit and lawyer. He was a great speaker well-known for his eloquence. He was a liberal Protestant opposed to the intolerant policy of the Government, and also the Union with Britain.

Here are some of his memorable quotes.

This quote is sometimes attributed to Edmund Burke too.
John Philpot Curran quote. Evil prospers when good men do nothing. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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The first inventions of commerce are, like those of all other arts, cunning and short-sighted.
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I have never yet heard of a murderer who was not afraid of a ghost.
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John Philpot Curran quote. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Image copyright Ireland Calling
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.

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When I can’t talk sense, I talk metaphor.
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John Philpot Curran quote. My dear doctor, I am surprised to hear you say that I am coughing very badly, as I have been practising all night. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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His smile is like the silver plate on a coffin.
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Assassinate me you may; intimidate me you cannot.
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In times of change, learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned are beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.
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John Philpot Curran quote. In this administration, a place can be found for every bad man. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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The first inventions of commerce are, like those of all other arts, cunning and short-sighted.
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I have never yet heard of a murderer who was not afraid of a ghost.
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John Philpot Curran quote. Dear Erin, how sweetly thy green bosom rises. Image copyright Ireland Calling
Quotes Cartoon illustration of shamrocks. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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