Irish Quotes

Find Irish Quotes, Toasts & Popular Sayings About Ireland & Irish Ancestry

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." -- Adrienne Cook
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“May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.”
— Irish Blessing

“An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.” — Irish Toast

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“May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.”
— Irish Blessing

"What's the use of being Irish if the world doesn't break your heart?" -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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“Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.” — Margaret Jackson

“An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination.” — George Bernard Shaw

“You can’t kiss an Irish girl unexpectedly. You can only kiss her sooner than she thought you would.” — Irish Saying

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” — Irish Proverb

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." -- Alex Levine
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“Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!”

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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.”
— Irish Blessing

"Work is the curse of the drinking class." -- Oscar Wilde
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“A hair on the head is worth two on the brush.” — Irish Proverb

“The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven’t got the joke yet.” — Oliver Herford

“An Irishman can be worried by the consciousness that there is nothing to worry about.” — Austin O’Malley

“Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.” — Conor Cruise O’Brien

"Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible." -- Charles Haughey
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“A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.” — Irish Proverb

“Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.” — Brendan Behan

“May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!”
— Irish Blessing

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“May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.”
— Irish Blessing

“Half a loaf of bread is better than no bread at all.” — Irish Proverb

"Everyone is wise until he speaks." -- Irish Proverb
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“When Irish eyes are smiling, watch your step.” — Gerald Kersh

“So, success attend St. Patrick’s fist,
For he’s a saint so clever;
Oh! he gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And bothered them forever!”
— Henry Bennett

“For an Irishman, talking is a dance.” — Deborah Love

"A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you." -- Irish Blessing
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“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.” — Irish Saying

“I wouldnt be here if it wasn’t for my Mum. I know I’ve got Irish blood because I wake up everyday with a hangover.” — Noel Gallagher

“God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.”

"The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots." -- Sean Connery
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“Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking.
If you cheat, cheat death.
If you steal, steal a woman’s heart.
If you fight, fight for a brother.
If you drink, drink with me!”
— Irish Toast

“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!” — Irish Blessing

“I’m troubled, I’m dissatisfied. I’m Irish.” — Marianne Moore

"Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he's a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him." -- Mark Twain
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“For every wound, a balm.
For every sorrow, cheer.
For every storm, a calm.
For every thirst, a beer.”

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” — Irish Blessing

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“Here’s to your roof,
May it be well thatched.
And here’s to all under it –
May they be well matched.”
— Irish Toast

"You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. -- Irish Saying
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“The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.” — Harold Nicolson

“I think there’s a bit of the devil in everybody. There’s a bit of a priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun.” — Gabriel Byrne

“May those who love us love us
And those who don’t love us
May God turn their hearts,
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.”
— Irish Prayer

"Dance as if no one's watching, sing as if no one's listening, and live everyday as if it were your last." -- Irish Saying
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“When I get a very generous introduction like that, I explain that I’m emotionally moved, but on the other hand I’m Irish and the Irish are very emotionally moved. My mother is Irish and she cries during beer commercials.” — Barry McCaffrey

“I have a thing for red-haired Irish boys, as we know.” — Sandra Bullock

“I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it.” — John B. Keane

"The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens." -- Irish Proverb
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“Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.” — Shane Leslie

“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.” — Irish Proverb

“Who gossips with you will gossip of you.” — Irish Saying

“Nodding the head does not row the boat.” — Irish Proverb

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." -- Irish Proverb
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“Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.” — John McGahern

“May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.” — Irish Toast

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