Conor Cruise O'Brien

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Conor Cruise O'Brien Quotes

  • ''Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.''
    Conor Cruise O'Brien (b. 1917), Irish historian, critic, diplomat. "Irishness," New Statesman (London, Jan. 1959).
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  • ''The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine ... a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.''
    Conor Cruise O'Brien (b. 1917), Irish historian, critic, diplomat. New Republic (Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 1985).
  • ''Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.''
    Conor Cruise O'Brien (b. 1917), Irish historian, critic, diplomat. Quoted in Irish Times (Dublin, July 16, 1969).
  • ''Nothing does more to activate Christian divisions than talk about Christian unity.''
    Conor Cruise O'Brien (b. 1917), Irish diplomat, writer. Times (London, Oct. 3, 1989).

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