By Mike Bruno
May 08, 2009 at 07:08 PM EDT

Liam Neeson talked publicly for the first time about the loss of his wife, Natasha Richardson, last night at the British Consulate in New York, where he was granted an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queens University Belfast. Irish Central, the website that first reported the skiing accident that claimed Richardson’s life in March, reports that Neeson quoted poet Paul Muldoon at the ceremony, saying that art “builds from pain, from misery, from a deep-seated hurt, a monument to the human heart that shines like a golden dome among roofs rain-glazed and leaden.” Neeson said his time at the university taught him an important lesson: “I think it is a message that a university always gives its students in the end: It’s time to move on, get on with your life. I got on with mine, and I’m still getting on.”

More Natasha Richardson legacy:
Natasha Richardson: 1963-2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum: Natasha Richardson: A critical appreciation
Natasha Richardson: Loved ones gather in New York for wake
Broadway dims lights for Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson: Career retrospective (photo gallery)