Perchance to Dream

George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life: Other people, he said “see things and… say ‘Why?’ … But I dream things that never were — and I say: ‘Why not?’” It is that quality of the Irish — that remarkable combination of hope, confidence and imagination–that is needed more than ever today. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

John F. Kennedy, address before the Irish Parliament in Dublin, June 28, 1963.


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