This is a collection of my personal favourite words of wisdom from old Irish proverbs. There have also been quite a few comments, so I decided to update this article as St Patrick’s day is only around the corner.
You may have heard some in passing, and you may have heard some for the very first time. Either way, there are some great life lessons to take from these Irish proverbs.
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If you love Irish proverbs, you will love these Irish sayings as well.
Before I get to the main Irish proverbs, here are five quick ones for St Patrick’s day.
- “May everything turn green today except your gills!”
- May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.
- Irish toast for St Patrick’s day –
Here’s to you and here’s to me, I pray that friends we’ll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here’s to me.
- May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings beside your nursery door.
- I wish that every day for you will be happy from the start, and may you always have good luck and a song within your heart.
Let’s get started with some of these incredible Irish proverbs:
- Mura gcuirfidh tú san earrach ní bhainfidh tú san fhómhar. Translation: If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.
- May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
- A craftsman’s son may grow up in ignorance of his father’s skills.
- Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.
- Don’t become broke by trying to look rich
- The light heart lives long.
- The well-fed does not understand the lean.
- Better to be fortunate than rich.
- You can’t kiss an Irish girl unexpectedly. You can only kiss her sooner than she thought you would.
- Do not take the thatch from your own roof to buy slates for another man’s house.
- There is no use boiling your cabbage twice.
- A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds,And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.
- It is as easy to catch a cold in a King’s castle as in a shepherds hut.
- Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.
Lose an hour in the morning and you will be looking for it all day.
A drink precedes a story. – Irish Proverbs
No matter how many rooms you have in your house, you’re only able to sleep in one bed.
- Men are like bagpipes – no sound comes from them until they are full.
- Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same.
It’s a lonely washing that has no man’s shirt in it ~ Irish proverbs
Which of the above Irish proverbs is your favourite?
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Some bonus Irish proverbs I also enjoyed:
- A companion shortens a road.
- Beauty doesn’t boil the kettle.
- Sleep is the first sign of recovery.
- A fat Christmas makes for a tight graveyard.
- May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
- Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
- A good word never broke a tooth
- Every patient is a doctor after his cure
- No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.
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