Eamon de Valera

(Éamon de Valera)

Eamon de Valera
Eamon de Valera
  • Born: October 14, 1882
  • Died: August 29, 1975
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Statesman









Quote Topics Cited
… anti-nationalist British propaganda Propaganda & Disinformation
… only an empty political formula Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
A land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contests of athletic youths and the laughter of comely maidens, whose firesides for the wisdom of serene old age. States. Nations & Nationhood
All history is man's efforts to realize ideals. History
All my life I have done my best for Ireland. Now I am ready to go. Miscellaneous
England pretends it is not by the naked sword, but by the good will of the people of the country that she is here. We will draw the naked sword to make her bare her own naked sword. States. Nations & Nationhood
I certainly was not going to add to his humiliation in the hour of defeat. Diplomacy & Diplomats
I have been brought up amongst the Irish people. I was reared in a laborers cottage here in Ireland. I have not lived soley amongst the intellectuals—whever I wanted to know what the Irish people wanted, I had only to examine my own heart and it told me straight away what the Irish people wanted. Public Opinion & Polling
I regard this type of boycott as ill-concieved, ill-considered, and futile…. I regard it as unjust and cruel to confound the innocent with the guilty. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I wanted the Irish Constitution to be as explicit as it possibly could be, with as few fictions as possible. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Ireland has remained a Catholic nation, and as such sets the eternal destiny of man high above the isms and idols of the day. Her people would accept no system that decried of imperiled that destiny. So long as that was their attitude none of the forms of state-worship now prevalent [elsewhere in the world] could flourish in their land. Religion & God
It’s my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense. Miscellaneous
Nature never intended me to be a partisan leader ... Every instinct of mine would indicate that I was meant to be a dyed-in-the-wool Tory, or even a bishop, rather than the leader of a revolution. Leaders & Leadership
No man is worth more than 1,000 pounds a year. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Of course I wrote most of the Constitution myself. I remember hesitating for a long time over the US presidential system. But it wouldn't have done — we were too trained in English democracy to sit down under a dictatorship which is what the American system really is. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Put an end to the sale of books of the kind in question—those with titles, jacket designs, or illustrations suggestion of indecent content. Freedom & Liberty
Remember, I have signed no oath. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
The majority has no right to do wrong. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The terms of this agreemenet are in violent conflict with the wishes of the majority of the nation…. I cannot recommend the acceptace of the treaty either to the Dail Eireann [the Irish Parliament] or to the country. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Tom Clarke is dead. He has not our responsibilities. Nobody will ever know what he would do for the situation did not arise for him. But is has risen for us and we must face it with our intelligence and conscious of our responsibility. Leaders & Leadership
We’ve got to break away completely from the British, their King, their parliament, their government, their empire. And we will. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
You have no enemy but England…. Although we fought once and lost, it is only a lesson for the second time…. Every vote you give now is as good as the crack of a rifle in proclaiming your desire for freedom. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
By keeping the annuities, we could build up a national industry every years as big as the Shannon Scheme.
From the moment this war began, there was, for this state, only one policy possible, neutrality. War & Peace
God has been pleased to save us during the years of war that have already passed. We pray that He may be pleased to save us to the end. But we must do our part. Religion & God ;War & Peace
Here, in Cork district, you have in combination all the dangers which war can inflict. War & Peace
I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel to the flames of hatred and passion which, if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe. War & Peace
If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country it is by reversing that policy which made us simply the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food. Hope ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night. War & Peace
It is indeed hard for the strong to be just to the weak, but acting justly always has its rewards.
It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services. We need all our manpower for defence. For the military and... we need a quarter of a million men.
Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain's stand alone, after France had fallen and before America entered the War. War & Peace
Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all the suffering people who have been dragged into it. Further hundreds of millions have become involved since I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago. Sympathy ;War & Peace
The economic and social problems would tend to become, like the military situation, more and more difficult as time went on and we became more and more isolated. Time
The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people. Friendship ;Freedom & Liberty
Unemployment is due to the large import of goods from Britain and other countries. The Government haven't used the powers which they have for the benefit of the country. Government
We are fully aware that, in a world at war, each set of belligerents is over ready to regard those who are not with them as against them; but the course we have followed is a just course. War & Peace
We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
We hope that the plain people - the labourers and small farmers - will take this opportunity of coming together and working out the National programme. Hope
We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance, and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage, that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end, and pass on this tradition unblemished. Time
When we have done our best, we can, as a united people, take whatever may befall with calm courage and confidence that this old nation will survive and if death should come to many of us, death is not the end. Death