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58 Best Irish Proverbs and Sayings (INSPIRING)

Top 10 Most Famous Irish Proverbs to Inspire You (BEST)

Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!
Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!
If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.
If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.
Better to be a man of character than a man of means.
Better to be a man of character than a man of means.
All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.
A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.
Beautiful young people are acts of nature but beautiful old people are works of art.
Beautiful young people are acts of nature but beautiful old people are works of art.
The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been and the memories we have made along the way.
The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been and the memories we have made along the way.
Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same.
Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same.

14 Wise Irish Proverbs to Live By (WISDOM)

Don’t become broke by trying to look rich.
Don’t become broke by trying to look rich.
Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.
Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.
Beware of the anger of a patient man.
Beware of the anger of a patient man.
Experience is the comb that life gives a bald man – A man who has lived long enough to lose his hair will no doubt know a thing or two about life.
Experience is the comb that life gives a bald man – A man who has lived long enough to lose his hair will no doubt know a thing or two about life.
A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.
Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.
You've got to do your own growing no matter how tall your father was.
You’ve got to do your own growing no matter how tall your father was.
Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do.
If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do.
A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.
A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.
A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, and a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.
A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, and a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.
Two people shorten the road.
Two people shorten the road.
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.
Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.
Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.

21 Deep Irish Proverbs to Help You Ponder About Life

What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.
What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.
A good word never broke a tooth.
A good word never broke a tooth.
Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it!
Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it!
If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!
If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!
There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.
The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.
God made time, but man made haste.
God made time, but man made haste.
A face without freckles is like a sky without stars.
A face without freckles is like a sky without stars.
Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.
Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.
Men are like bagpipes – no sound comes from them until they are full.
Men are like bagpipes – no sound comes from them until they are full.
It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.
It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.
You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
However long the day, the evening will come.
However long the day, the evening will come.
Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.
Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.
A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.
A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.
It's better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
It’s better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the west.
In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the west.
There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring.
A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

13 Unique Irish Sayings and Greetings

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!
May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!
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!
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!
May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.
May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.
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.
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.
May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!
May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!
May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May the most you wish for be the least you get.
May the most you wish for be the least you get.
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 year long.
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 year long.
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.
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.
May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be tormented with itching without benefit of scratching.
May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be tormented with itching without benefit of scratching.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.

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