Augustine Birrell

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Augustine Birrell (19 January 1850 – 20 November 1933) was an English politician, barrister, academic and author. He was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1907 to 1916, resigning in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising. more »

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  • ''That great dust-heap called "history."''
    Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), British essayist, politician. "Carlyle," Obiter Dicta, first series (1884).
  • ''Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.''
    Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), British essayist, Liberal politician. "The Office of Literature," Obiter Dicta, Second Series (1887).
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