"We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Michael D. Higgins on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Michael D. Higgins on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Michael D. Higgins on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Michael D. Higgins on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Michael D. Higgins on Golda Meir
"Through the inspiration of Vaclav's words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe."
"The mandate I have received and for which I will speak with heart and head to implement over the next seven years had its four pillars - an inclusive citizenship, equality and participation and respect in a creative society creating an excellence in everything we Irish do."
"I am delighted to be back home in Galway, the place I first came to as a 19-year-old in 1960. It's here where my heart is and will forever be."
"I hope that at the end of the seven years, people will say that I have been of some inspirational value to them at home in terms of inclusiveness and abroad, I look forward to representing Ireland."
"I love our shared island, our shared Ireland and its core decency. I love it for its imagination and its celebration of the endless possibilities for our people."