„It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.“

—  Éamon de Valera, Comment in 1966, quoted in Michael Collins : A Biography (1990) by Tim Pat Coogan, p. 432.
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Context: The great difficulty which history records is not that of the first step, but that of the second step. What is most evident is not the difficulty of getting a fixed law, but getting out of a fixed law; not of cementing (as upon a former occasion I phrased it) a cake of custom, but of breaking the cake of custom; not of making the first preservative habit, but of breaking through it, and reaching something better. Ch. 2, The Use of Conflict

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