38 Total Quotes

John Hume Quotes

[The agreement] opens a new future for all in Ireland, ... It is now up to political leaders on all sides to move decisively to fulfill the mandate of the people.
John Hume
#Agreement

This is about principled compromise, not compromised principles.
John Hume
#Compromise

We did not seek ideological confrontation.
John Hume
#Irish Politician #Confrontation

The whole world is in favor of this agreement, ... as fascists if they try to wreck this agreement.
John Hume
#Agreement

If the word 'No' was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley would be speechless
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#Language

She has made an enormous contribution toward bringing about peace on our streets.
John Hume
#Peace

Looking back on that, it was quite an accomplishment. You had some of the best teams in the state in the CKC.
John Hume
#Accomplishment

Before the arrival of the Credit Union, people who were from the poor background or a working class background couldn't borrow from banks.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was - Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I stood for election, and in that election, I sought a mandate to found a new political party based on social democratic philosophy.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I think that's not a question that one can answer accurately. I read a whole range of books, quite a lot of history at the time, and still do read a lot. I read very widely.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I was grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. The political violence really started in 1970-1971. The political difficulties start a little bit beyond that.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

I went to the local schools, the local state primary school, and then to the local grammar school. A secondary school, which technically was an independent school, it was not part of the state educational system.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

If the word 'No' was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley would be speechless.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

In coming to that agreement, my party had a clear philosophy throughout. In Northern Ireland, we should have institutions that respected the differences of the people and that gave no victory to either side.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

In my opinion, what changed the situation eventually - and, of course, it took a lot of time to change it, things like that don't change in a week or a fortnight - was the new educational system.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

In working class districts, you had several families living together in the one house, and it was very difficult to get a house, because the politicians who controlled housing were doing so in a very discriminatory fashion.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction. But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

My father was a civil servant, fairly sort of middle ranking, low to middle ranking. He worked almost entirely in what was then called Administrative Labour, dealing with employment and unemployment issues.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

My father was unemployed and I was the eldest of seven children. We were very poor. And when you ask how did we support ourselves, the only funding that we had was unemployment payments.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

People were so keen to get investment. In those days, there was quite significant unemployment in Northern Ireland, and that had been the general pattern in Northern Ireland for many, many years.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

Subsequently, I might point to one or two volumes that were quite interesting, but at the same time, you can put too much emphasis on this.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

That's the strategy that myself and my party have pursued and are pursuing.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

The basic policy of the British Government was that since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished to remain in the United Kingdom, that was that. We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else, if the majority wanted to see Irish unity.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing, about equality of treatment for all sections of the people, and that is precisely what our movement was about.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

The only thing I shall talk about is my sporting achievements at school. My primary sporting achievement at school was that I dodged games for two complete years and was well through the third year before they discovered that I had completely avoided all games.
John Hume
#Irish Politician

The violence had broken out in both sides, but our philosophy as a party was very, very clear.
John Hume
#Irish Politician