Patrick Henry Pearse

[Pádraig Pearse] (10 November 1879 – 3 May 1916 / Great Brunswick / Ireland)

Patrick Henry Pearse Quotes

  • ''There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.''
    Patrick Henry Pearse (1879-1916), Irish nationalist leader. Commemoration address, March 2, 1914, Brooklyn, N.Y., for Irish patriot Robert Emmet, executed in 1803 for his part in an abortive invasion of Ireland. Pearse was himself executed by the British in 1916 for his part in the Easter Rising, when he was proclaimed president of the provisional republican government.
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The Fool

Since the wise men have not spoken, I speak that am only a fool;
A fool that hath loved his folly,
Yea, more than the wise men their books or their counting houses or their quiet homes,
Or their fame in men's mouths;
A fool that in all his days hath done never a prudent thing,
Never hath counted the cost, nor recked if another reaped
The fruit of his mighty sowing, content to scatter the seed;
A fool that is unrepentant, and that soon at the end of all
Shall laugh in his lonely heart

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