For day two of the challenge I have chosen a quote taken from a speech by Michael Collins to the British delegation during the treaty negotiations in 1921.
I have a soft spot for Michael Collins, as a politician, a soldier and a human being. I can’t think of a single contemporary politician who would stick to an ethical line and defend it even though he believed (rightly) he was signing his own death warrant. I can’t think of a general who cared so little for fighting, and few public figures, national figureheads come over with such humanity.
“Give us the future, we’ve had enough of your past. Give us back our country, to live in, to grow in, to love. “
Michael Collins during the treaty negotiations of 1921.
Second day of the challenge sent to me by Emily of Emily’s Thoughts blog, and second quote. I have to choose one from one of the most quotable personalities ever, Oscar Wilde. This is one of my favourites.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Today, I’m passing the challenge on to Ali Isaac.
One of the drawbacks of WordPress only providing a limited service at the moment is that I didn’t receive notification that Emily, of Emily’s Thoughts has nominated me to take part in this challenge. The title is self explanatory, so here goes with one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, Antony and Cleopatra
Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.
Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike
Feeds beast as man; the nobleness of life
Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
And such a twain can do’t. (1.1.34)
Yes, I know it’s Paolo e Francesca (by Anselm Feuerbach) but I do like this painting.
Almost forgot to name a victim. Jacqueline Nash, I’m asking you to give us your three favourite quotes.