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Born: 1947-12-05
Profession: Businessman
Nation: Irish
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I no longer own or control the businesses which I have spent my life building up.

Tags: Control, Life, Longer

I suppose I was always very greedy. I was never happy with what we had, and I was always looking for new opportunities.

Tags: Greedy, Happy, Looking

Never in my life did I steal a penny that didn't belong to me.

Tags: Belong, Life, Penny

I am not in the business of pointing fingers or making excuses. However, recent history has shown that I, like thousands of others in Ireland, incorrectly relied upon the persons who guided Anglo and who wrongfully sought to portray a 'blue chip' Irish banking sector.

Tags: Business, History, Others

I was never one to run away from trouble - I intend to continue to fight my corner and try to redeem our reputation in some way. It's very difficult when you see the PR campaign that Anglo have built up against us. A lot of the media would be very anti-Quinn and have fallen hook, line and sinker for the Anglo story where they are the good guys.

Tags: Fight, Good, Try

I'm a hard-nosed businessman, that if a company is paying its way, increasing profits for thirty-odd consecutive years, you don't put it into receivership.

Tags: Company, Profits, Put

If Anglo feels it hasn't done enough damage to me already by taking my money, my company, my reputation, if they want to finish it off by putting me in prison, then so be it - I'll accept that.

Tags: Done, Enough, Money

In 2009 we increased the cash in Quinn Direct as we had in 2008. We increased the cash in it in 2010. The outstanding claims were €20m in March 2010 but Quinn Direct had more business in the U.K. than in Ireland.

Tags: Business, Direct, March

Let's not forget, it was the government, Department of Finance and Central Bank that decided to unfairly land the taxpayers of this country with unmitigated losses of Anglo and massive legacy issues that would have been expected when nationalising a fraudulent bank.

Tags: Finance, Forget, Government

The vast majority of debt that Anglo maintains is owed is strenuously disputed. However, I cannot now pay those loans which are due, following Anglo taking control of the Quinn Group of companies, which I and a loyal team spent a lifetime building.

Tags: Cannot, Control, Team

Yes, I am scared of prison. It's the last thing if you are after building up a business over 38 years and you are approaching your 66th birthday and you never owed a man a penny and you feel hard done by and you try to protect yourself and your family and go to prison - if that is the society we are living in, I am happy to accept that.

Tags: Birthday, Business, Family

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.

Tags: Effort, Mind, Teacher

Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.

Tags: Changes, Great, Nature

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.

Tags: Change, Men, Money

Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.

Tags: Change, Food, Minds

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.

Tags: Perfection, Soon

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.

Tags: Character, Matter, Mind

The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.

Tags: Excellent, Fault, Impression

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.

Tags: Idea, Misery, Prosperous

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.

Tags: Ambition, Often, Parent

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.

Tags: Ambition, Often, Times

To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.

Tags: Boy, Mind, Promise

To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.

Tags: Becoming, Except, Necessary

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.

Tags: Dreams, Hopes, Vain

Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.

Tags: Indeed, Satire, Verse

When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.

Tags: Cannot, Hope, Win
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Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.

Tags: Broken, Evil, Once

While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.

Tags: Sometimes, Truth, While

Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.

Tags: Natural, Rules, Useless

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.

Tags: Character, God, Nature

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.

Tags: Begin, Grows, Late

A liar should have a good memory.

Tags: Good, Liar, Memory

The perfection of art is to conceal art.

Tags: Art, Conceal, Perfection

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.

Tags: Alone, May, Men

It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.

Tags: Good, Liar, Memory

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

Tags: Difficulty, Excuse, Sloth

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.

Tags: Differs, Evil, Speaks

The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.

Tags: Body, Mind, Nature

It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.

Tags: Child, Her, Words

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.

Tags: Foolish, Wise, Wish

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.

Tags: Defeat, Inevitable, Wisest

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.

Tags: Costs, Laugh, Virtue

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.

Tags: Costs, Expense, Laugh

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.

Tags: Beginning, End

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.

Tags: Fear, Future, Present

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.

Tags: Genius, Happens, Maturity

We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.

Tags: Deep, Minds, Rather

While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost.

Tags: Lost, Making, Minds

For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.

Tags: Born, Rather, Reason

As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.

Tags: Alone, Parents, Possible

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.

Tags: Student, Talent, Work

For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.

Tags: Easier, Mind, Teach

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.

Tags: Alone, Desire, Loved

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.

Tags: Almost, Experience, Valuable

It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.

Tags: Easier, Hand, Try
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