Top 35 Irish Sayings, Quotes, Proverbs & Blessings

Whether it’s an ordinary day or St. Patrick’s Day, be gladdened by these funny and wry Irish sayings.

If you watch television or movies, or even read books, you’d come across many Irish stereotypes. These include stories about leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, and even the Irish mammy.

And the amusing thing is, a lot of them are generally true. For one, they are passionate, funny, and creative. There are many Irish comics who are instant hit with local and international audiences. Ireland’s tradition of humor and storytelling, coupled with a gift for the gab, has led to much success onstage or in mass media.

And then there are some funny traits like procrastinating, love for drinking, tea, and potatoes, and obsession with the weather.

Celebrate the indefatigable Irish spirit and wisdom with these Irish sayings!


Irish Sayings


Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.

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If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.

There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.


It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!

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If you’re enough lucky to be Irish…You’re lucky enough!


Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad.

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

A son is a son till he takes him a wife. A daughter is a daughter all of her life.


Irish Quotes

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

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There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. – Oscar Wilde

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Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me. – Colin Farrell


A life making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all. – George Bernard Shaw

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Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. – George Bernard Shaw

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you. – Brendan Behan

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Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste. – Tug McGraw

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There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful. – Katherine Tynan Hinkson

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There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met. – William Butler Yeats

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Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. – William Butler Yeats


Irish Proverbs

When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

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May you have a bright future – as the chimney sweep said to his son.

Lose an hour in the morning and you’ll be looking for it all day.

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It’s not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.

A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour.

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Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst.

There is no luck except where there is discipline.

See Also: Top 25 Inspirational Proverbs Of All Time


Irish Blessings

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.

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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.

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May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.

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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 Saint Patrick behold you.

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May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

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May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.

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May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

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May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!

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Share these funny and inspiring Irish sayings with your friends and family!

See Also: Happy St. Patrick’s Day Quotes & Sayings

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