Famous Irish Sayings


"A good laugh & a long sleep are the two best cures"

I have a treat for you...over fifty famous Irish sayings (and a poem or two).

In the land of witty, humorous and wry quotes, I would name the Irish to be up around 1st place. They have had centuries to perfect this form of commentary and they have used the time well.

Their view of our actions in life (the smallest of things outlives the human), from child rearing ("praise the young and they will blossom" ) to the friends we choose ("If you lie down with dogs you'll rise with fleas") their advice was practical ("the one who waits the fine day, will get the fine day" or "a trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea") and to the point.

If you are Irish it is an easy step in using famous Irish sayings on your business card or in your advertising copy.

If you're not Irish there is plenty of fodder here for you to borrow and tweak to come up with your own unique take on life.

You goal as always, is to be memorable to your prospect.

Famous Irish sayings can help you do that.

Proverbs and common sayings are used in all cultures throuhout history to give common sense advice and express that culture's insights.

The famous Irish sayings I have included here will make you think, reflect and chuckle. I know they will enrich you in both your personal and business life.


Famous Irish Sayings

  • Red sky at night is a shepherds delight,
    Red sky in the morning is a shepherds warning.

  • A face without freckles is like a sky wiithout stars

  • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

  • You can keep away from the rogue, but you cannot keep yourself safe from the liar.

  • He who has water and peat on his own farm has the world his own way.

  • Everyone is wise till he speaks.

  • He is scant of news that speaks ill of his mother.

  • • If you lie down with dogs, you'll rise with fleas.

  • God's help is nearer than the door.

  • It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.

  • There is no tax on talk

  • Give away all you like, but keep your bills and your temper.

  • A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle

  • Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

  • If you don't know the way, walk slowly.

  • A wet and windy May fills the barn with corn and hay.

  • Possession is nine-tenths of the law.

  • A handful of skill is better than a bagful of gold

  • The person of the greatest talk is the person of the least work.

  • I believe in the sun when it's not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when he is silen

  • You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

  • Get down on your knees and thank God you're still on your feet.

  • A silent mouth is sweet to hear

  • You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

  • A kind word never broke anyone's mouth.

  • Cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.

  • Here's to your roof,
    May it be well thatched.
    And here's to all under it -
    May they be well matched.

  • The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried.

  • May the wind at your back always be your own.

  • Willful waste makes woeful want.

  • You never miss the water till the well has run dry.

  • You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

  • What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Scattering is easier than gathering.

  • Sense doesn't come before age.

  • Pity him who makes his opinions a certainty

  • May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

  • May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be towards us

  • May you never forget what is worth remembering,
    Or remember what is best forgotten.

  • What's all the world to a man when his wife is a widow.

  • May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

  • The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

  • Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.

  • May you get all your wishes but one,
    So you always have something to strive for.

  • Better fifty enemies outside the house than one within

  • Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools

  • May God bring good health to your enemies enemies

  • Beauty won't make the pot boil

  • All sins cast long shadows

  • There is no need like the lack of a friend

  • Two-thirds of help is to give courage
    He's a final quote I want to leave you with...

    "God is good, but never dance in a small boat..”

    Irish Proverb

    And a poem...

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rain fall soft upon your fields,
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

    or two...

    The utterly impractical, never predictable,
    Sometimes irascible, quite inexplicable, Irish.
    Strange blend of shyness, pride and conceit,
    And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat.
    He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
    Yet the smile of a child,
    Fills his soul with delight.
    His eyes are the quickest to well up with tears,
    Yet his strength is the strongest,
    To banish your fears.
    His hate is as fierce as his devotion is grand,
    And there is no middle ground,
    On which he will stand.
    He's wild and he's gentle,
    He's good and he's bad.
    He's proud and he's humble,
    He's happy and sad.
    He's in love with the ocean,
    The earth and the skies,
    He's enamoured with beauty wherever it lies.
    He's victor and victim, a star and a clod,
    But mostly he's Irish—
    in love with his God.

    -Author Unknown

    We have several pages of sayings for you to check out. Enjoy!

    Good Sayings pg 1

    Funny Short Sayings pg 3

    Funny Quotes and Sayings pg 4

    Funny Quotes or Sayings pg 5

    Church Sign Sayings pg 6

    Latin sayings pg 7

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