If my name is to go down in history, I want it associated with the name Michael Collins.
The rest of these are quote from Collins and these first two I love for their economic insight and principle (he was the minister of finance after all).
- Millionaires can spend their surplus wealth bestowing libraries broadcast upon the world. But who will say that the benefits accruing could be compared with those arising from a condition of things in which the people themselves...were prosperous to buy their own books and to put together their own local libraries in which they could take a personal interest and acquire knowledge in proportion to that interest.
- For very often we are actors in events that have more meaning and consequences than we realize.
- To my mind it is now a question of our nerves. There is no doubt a great deal of punishment ahead of us. It is a question of the body wearing longer than the lash.
- Everyone in Ireland has reason to be mistrustful of English politicians of all schools and we have learned to be more distrustful of their promises than their threats.
- To go for a drink is one thing. To be driven to it is another.