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Ireland.
by Hugh Dancy

Ireland.
Great for the spirit - very bad for the body.
- Hugh Dancy

But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland
and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture.
And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.
- Hugh Dancy

In reality, for me every role is completely different.
- Hugh Dancy

I think for anybody reading the book they're going
to get an idea in their heads of all those characters,
and I think that once that gets fixed,
it's quite hard to shake.
- Hugh Dancy

 

Because I don't really think of myself as a hunk,
to be honest.
- Hugh Dancy

So to answer your question, I'm not entirely sure how
I ended up where I am today,
in the sense that nobody in my family is an actor.
It just happened by mistake.
- Hugh Dancy

No, I'm not a lager lout either.
I think you have to be a massive football fan to be a lager lout.
- Hugh Dancy

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But no, I don't think I'm particularly drawn to the
period roles or the medieval roles.
- Hugh Dancy

Besides, most of the books I like involve people I
could never play in a million years.
- Hugh Dancy

When I got back I found myself being very emotional
about the time spent in Rwanda in a way that I hadn't
been able to or allowed myself to be when we were there.
- Hugh Dancy

Well, fluffy shirts are, by definition,
very comfortable.
- Hugh Dancy

In my experience it's not essential to get on with
the person that you're acting opposite.
- Hugh Dancy

I think I can lead a pretty anonymous life,
yeah.
- Hugh Dancy

I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up,
really.
So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school,
it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards.
- Hugh Dancy

As always, there's a couple of things in the pipeline -
but that pipeline is a strange and ambiguous place.
- Hugh Dancy

Specifically, we talked about making the character
of the prince not so charming,
at least in the beginning, and I'm playing around with
the preconceptions attached to a character.
That's really what intrigued me as well because I thought
it would be fun to do it.
- Hugh Dancy

You can still have chemistry on screen without getting on with the person.
But it just makes your job a lot easier if you don't have to gird your loins,
if that's not quite the right phrase,
every time you're going to do a scene with that person.
- Hugh Dancy

I've not as yet found one hobby that would absorb me
completely when I'm not working,
but I have just bought a new apartment and didn't quite
bargain for the amount of effort and time and money that that absorbs.
- Hugh Dancy

The little song and dance number at the end -
that's me,
my voice, howling out.
It was a new experience for me.
I've never sung before and I've certainly never sung on screen.
I think I sung on stage when I was 13 and for some
reason nobody's asked me to try it again since.
- Hugh Dancy

There's no one actor in particular that I want to model my career after,
except for the people who have been able to keep their
career varied and who choose things that interest them.
That opportunity is all I really want.
- Hugh Dancy

I think becoming an actor because it's a ridiculously
insecure profession to go into.
I feel very comfortable but very lucky.
I think any time that you imagine that it's plain sailing for hereon in,
then you're kidding yourself.
- Hugh Dancy

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland

It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money
for your first communion.
- Roma Downey

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form,
but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once
you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.
- Robbie Keane

Well I think it has always been a mistake to reduce
the peace process in Ireland to a decommissioning process.
- Martin McGuinness

The land of Ireland for the people of Ireland.
- James Larkin

My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once.
I found it to be very much like New York,
for it was a beautiful country, and both the women
and men were good-looking.
- James Cagney

We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty,
stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose
her as a friend than as a foe.
- William E. Gladstone

Ireland has a role to play in making the E.U.
united and strong.
- John Bruton

Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I am hugely proud to have played for Ireland.
- Kenny Cunningham

Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.
- Charles Haughey

In some parts of Ireland the sleep which knows no waking
is always followed by a wake which knows no sleeping.
- Mary Wilson Little

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails
upon me the penalty of death;
but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it.
- Thomas Francis Meagher

There are two traditions in Northern Ireland.
There are two main religious denominations.
But there is only one true moral denomination.
And it wants peace.
- David Trimble

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

It wasn't so long ago that it was not popular to speak
Gaelic in Ireland because the areas that Gaelic is
spoken in were much poorer areas.
- Enya

Some mornings you wake up and think,
gee I look handsome today.
Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies?
I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.
- Liam Neeson

Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island
that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.
- Dave Barry

Sinn Fein is the fastest growing party on the island of Ireland.
- Martin McGuinness

I've had three novels published, and I was working
a little bit in theater in Ireland.
I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.
- Neil Jordan

I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was -
Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination.
- John Hume

Oh, all kinds of lunacy happens in Ireland,
all kinds of lunacy.
- Anjelica Huston

The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years.
Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe,
things can only get better for the Irish.
- Eddie Murphy

On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved
issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact
that there are so many good writers in the place.
- Paul Muldoon

Ireland and England are like two sisters;
I would have them embrace like one brother.
- Boyle Roche

Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred,
little room, maimed us at the start.
I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart.
- William Butler Yeats

It...
is the best opportunity we've had in the last 25 years
to bring about a settlement in Northern Ireland,
and I think we should leave no stone unturned to achieve that.
- Dick Spring

I'm 78, I'm on my pension in Ireland,
and all that good stuff.
- Anne McCaffrey

Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England -
Ireland is not a geographical fragment,
but a nation.
- Charles Stewart Parnell

I do identify with St.
Patrick, not just in name.
He drove the snakes out of Ireland.
I intend to drive the snakes out of the State House.
- Deval Patrick

I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland,
for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
- Elizabeth I

We shall not fight for the preservation of the enemy,
which has laid waste with death and desolation the
fields and hills of Ireland for 700 years.
- James Larkin

Indeed, American companies make three times as much
profits from their investment in one E.U.
country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China.
- John Bruton

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance,
an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
- Seamus Heaney

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle
East existed in Northern Ireland,
but we stayed at it.
- George J. Mitchell

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like
it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.
- Loretta Lynn

There once was a demographic survey done to determine
if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was
the only place where this did not turn out to be true.
- Fiona Shaw

I love to go to Ireland just to relax.
- Ron Wood

Stop at home.
Arm for Ireland.
Fight for Ireland and no other land.
- James Larkin

I came to Ireland 20 years ago as a student,
hitch-hiking round for a week and staying in Dublin.
- Greta Scacchi

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.
- James Joyce

If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European.
- James Joyce

Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases,
new hires qualify for food stamps.
- Patricia Ireland

I believe we've spent many years trying to bring about
talks which have all the Parties in Northern Ireland
involved so that there'd be inclusive talks.
- Dick Spring

What Ireland needs now above all else is peace.
- Albert Reynolds

Ireland is also quite nice.
So is Amsterdam.
- Diane von Furstenberg

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the
cadence and fullness of speech,
since the Irish love words and use as many of them
in a sentence as possible.
- Anne McCaffrey

I come from Ireland and I've seen the damage of religious warfare.
I am a believer. I don't wear the badge on the outside
but it is on the inside.
- Bono

Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland:
Rich and thick.
- Samuel Beckett


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