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Sean O’Casey quotes

Sean O’Casey (1880 –1964) was an Irish dramatist. He was a committed socialist, and was the first famous Irish playwright to write about the Dublin working classes. Here are some of his best quotes.

Sean O’Casey quote. No man is so old as to believe he cannot live one more year. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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Laughter is wine for the soul-laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness; the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.

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Sean O’Casey quote. Kind man, brave man, wise soul, indomitable spirit of the indomitable Irishry. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build.

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Sean O’Casey  Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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The hallway of every man’s life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live.

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Sean O’Casey quote. A man should always be drunk when he talks politics. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm, all along, out along, down along lea. A laugh is a great natural stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can laugh, we can live. It is the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.

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Sean O’Casey quote. I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I've enjoyed it completely. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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There’s no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.

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Sean O’Casey quote. Money does not make you happy but it quiets the nerves. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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What time has been wasted during man’s destiny in the struggle to decide what man’s next world will be like! The keener the effort to find out, the less he knew about the present one he lived in.

The one lovely world he knew, lived in, that gave him all he had, was, according to preacher and prelate, the one to be least in his thoughts. He was recommended, ordered, from the day of his birth to bid goodbye to it.

Oh, we have had enough of the abuse of this fair earth! It is no sad truth that this should be our home. Were it but to give us simple shelter, simple clothing, simple food, adding the lily and the rose, the apple and the pear, it would be a fit home for mortal or immortal man.

Sean O’Casey quote. What time has been wasted during man's destiny. Image copyright Ireland Calling


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