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17 Famous Irish Women Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day

Strong Irish Women Quotes I love

Ireland has seriously badass, strong women. With St. Patrick’s Day officially here, I wanted to look into the other half of my ancestry (I’m half Italian and half-ish Irish) so, I scoured the history books (err…the internet) in search of Irish women quotes that will help me and all women rally and find inspiration during these challenging times. I was not disappointed. Here is what I found.

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17 Inspiring Quotes by Strong Irish Women

As women in America rally to fight against the growing issue of racism in the US, we look to women throughout the world for inspiration and courage. I pulled together these wise words that make up some of my favorite strong Irish woman quotes! We hope they help you rally as we head into November’s election!

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle rocked the vote.” -Mary Robinson (served as the President of Ireland)

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” – Maria Edgeworth (Feminist/Irish writer)

“To gain what is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” -Bernadette Devlin (Irish Civil Rights Leader. MP in the UK Parliament)

“If you want to walk round Ireland, or any other country, dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels and gold wands in the bank, and buy a revolver.”  -Constance Markievicz (Suffragate, socialist and the first woman elected to the British House of Commons)

“Don’t trust to your ‘feminine charm’ and your capacity for getting on the soft side of men, but take up your responsibilities and be prepared to go your own way depending for safety on your own courage, your own truth and your own common sense, and not on the problematic chivalry of the men you may meet on the way…”-Constance Markievicz

“What pisses me off is when I’ve got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear.” – Sinead O’Connor.

“Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.”
– Actress, Maureen O’Hara

 Irish women quotes

“The usual masculine disillusionment is discovering that a woman has a brain.” -Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone with the Wind)

“I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.” – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.

“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.” – Bernadette Devlin

“All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side.” -Anna Jameson (Irish Essayist)

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” – Edna O’Brien (Irish writer)

“A culture is not an abstract thing. It is a living, evolving process. The aim is to push beyond standard-setting and asserting human rights to make those standards a living reality for people everywhere.” -Mary Robinson

“God has the most wicked sense of humour.” -Maureen O’Hara

“I shall seek to encourage mutual understanding and tolerance between all the different communities sharing this island.” –Mary Robinson

“The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.” – Edna O’Brien


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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.
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