Irish Proverbs to Live By

Let the rivers run green, the bars be filled with loud voices and Celtic music, green top hats and sunglasses fashioned into the shape of four-leaf clovers. Let your inner Irish come out and drop blarney, of begorrah and craic.

The Irish contribute more than just this day to the world. They have proverbs and sayings, wisdom that has filled their way of living. Wisdom, that has come from – clearly – learning the hard way. So, grab your glass and cheers the person next to you.

Here are some of the best Irish proverbs to live by:

  1. You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.
  2. May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.
  3. Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it all day.
  4. It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
  5. What is for you will pass by you.
  6. There’s nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse.
  7. Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad.
  8. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.
  9. Your feet will bring you where your heart is.
  10. Tada Gan Iarracht – nothing without effort
  11. Ni Mar A Shiltear A Bhitear – what is assumed is often wrong
  12. Coimhead fearg fhear na foighde – beware of the anger of a patient man
  13. Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.
  14. No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.
  15. Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and a honest one. A cold pint and another one.


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