James Connolly (5 June 1868 – 12 May 1916) was an Irish republican and socialist leader. He was born in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish immigrant parents and spoke with a Scottish accent throughout his life. He left school for working life at the age of 11, but became one of the leading Marxist theorists of his day. He also took a role in Scottish and American politics. He was ... more »
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Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for "Ireland," and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong ...James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Ireland, epigraph (1916).
''The Irishman in English literature may be said to have been born with an apology in his mouth.''James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Irish History, foreword (1910).
Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives it...James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. Labour in Irish History, foreword (1910).
''Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.''James Connolly (1870-1916), Irish syndicalist, Republican leader. The Re-Conquest of Ireland, ch. 9 (1915).
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