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  • The principle of my political life ... is that all amelioration and improvements in political institutions can be obtained by persevering in a perfectly peaceable and legal course, and cannot be obtained by forcible means, or if they could be got by forcible means, such means create more evils than they cure, and leave the country worse than they found it.

    Country   Mean   Evil  
  • I want to make all Europe and America know it - I want to make England feel her weakness if she refuses to give the justice we the Irish require - the restoration of our domestic parliament.

    Speech given at a 'monster' meeting held at Drogheda, June, 1843.
  • The poor old Duke [of Wellington]! What shall I say of him? To be sure he was born in Ireland, but being born in a stable does not make a man a horse.

    Horse   Men   Doe  
  • Gentlemen, you may soon have the alternative to live as slaves or die as free men

  • Although the Irish language is connected with the many recollections that twine around the hearts of Irishmen, yet the superior utility of the English tongue, as the medium of all modern communication, is so great that I can witness without a sigh the gradual decline of the Irish language.

  • My days – the blossom of my youth and the flower of my manhood – have been darkened by the dreariness of servitude. In this my native land – in the land of my sires – I am degraded without fault as an alien and an outcast.

    Flower   Land   Faults  
    Daniel O'Connell (1854). “The Select Speeches of Daniel O'Connell, M. P.”, p.81
  • The altar of liberty totters when it is cemented only with blood

    Blood   Liberty   Altars  
    Daniel O'Connell (1906). “Daniel O'Connell: His Early Life, and Journal, 1795 to 1802”
  • There is an utter ignorance of, and indifference to, our sufferings and privations....What care they for us, provided we be submissive, pay the taxes, furnish recruits for the Army and Navy and bless the masters who either despise or oppress or combine both? The apathy that exists respecting Ireland is worse than the national antipathy they bear us.

  • Every religion is good—every religion is true to him who in his good caution and conscience believes it.

    Daniel O'Connell (1854). “The Select Speeches of Daniel O'Connell, M. P.”, p.252
  • I will go on quietly and slowly, but I will go on firmly, and with a certainty of success.

    Daniel O'Connell (1872). “Life and Speeches of Daniel O'Connell ....: Including Many Speeches Not in Other Collections”, p.187
  • No man was ever a good soldier but the man who goes into the battle determined to conquer, or not to come back from the battle field (cheers). No other principle makes a good soldier.

    Cheer   Men   Soldier  
    William Edward White, Daniel O'Connell (1954). “Daniel O'Connell's Oratory on Repeal”
  • No person knows better than you do that the domination of England is the sole and blighting curse of this country. It is the incubus that sits on our energies, stops the pulsation of the nation's heart and leaves to Ireland not gay vitality but horrid the convulsions of a troubled dream.

    Dream   Country   Heart  
    "O'Connell Correspondence, Vol IV". Book by Daniel O'Connell, Letter to Bishop Doyle (N. 1860), 1831.
  • How cruel the Penal Laws are which exclude me from a fair trial with men whom I look upon as so much my inferiors.

    Men   Law   Looks  
    "The correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, Vol. II". Book by Daniel O'Connell, Irish Manuscripts Commission, Letter N. 700, 1972.
  • Whoever commits a crime strengthens his enemy.

    Enemy   Crime   Commit  
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Daniel O'Connell

  • Born: August 6, 1775
  • Died: May 15, 1847
  • Occupation: Political leader