"For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Gerry Adams on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Gerry Adams on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Gerry Adams on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Gerry Adams on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Gerry Adams on Thomas Paine
"It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo."
"Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment."
"Such decisions will be far reaching and difficult. But you never lacked courage in the past. Your courage is now needed for the future."
"Republican patience with how unionism deals with the political institutions, and with key issues like equality and human rights, will be tested because, obviously, there will be a battle a day on these matters. So lets face up to all of this with our eyes wide open."
"Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice."