Irish Quotes and Sayings

Be inspired and encouraged by these Irish quotes and sayings about many different topics - love, blessings, famous ones, short ones and funny ones. But all have wisdom and inspiration in them.


The Irish have a sweet tooth. And that's a good thing, because it has been the inspiration for some wonderful desserts that allow us to end our meal on a happy and sweet note. Jean LeGrand, Irish Treats - 30 Dessert Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day or Whenever You Want to Celebrate Like the Irish
Inspirational Quotes  |  



As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal;
keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.
Irish Saying
Funny Poems  |  



May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door. Irish Blessing
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.
Irish Blessing
Irish Proverbs   |



May God look down and bless you
May you look up and give thanks.
Irish Saying
Thanksgiving  |  



Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke, Irish statesman
Words of Encouragement   |    Ambition



Here's to good Irish friends - never above you, never below you, always beside you
Irish Saying
Friend  |  



The Irish consider retirement the time to kick back and enjoy life to the fullest.
Thomas O'Leary
Retirement  |  



The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish Playwright
Quote of the Day  |    Failure



A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
Irish Proverb
Happy  |  



A Christmas wish. . . .May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.
Irish Blessing
Christmas Quotes   |



Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it! Irish Saying
Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it!
Irish Saying
Inspirational Sayings  |



Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
James Joyce, Irish Author
Attitude   |     Inspirational Poems



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.
Irish Blessing
Future   |



Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not, everyone has a little luck o' the Irish in them. Laura Sommers
Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not, everyone has a little luck o' the Irish in them.
Laura Sommers, Best Traditional Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
Luck   |



St. Paddy's Day is our celebration day for Ireland's favorite saint who both saved us from the snakes, and gave us our own day to celebrate our Irish heritage.
Paddy O'Furniture, Irish Recipes For St. Patrick's Day
Motivational   |



The Irish have gained a reputation over the centuries for being very warm, kind and hospitable people (though sometimes a bit too fond of the drink!). These characteristics are most in evidence at St. Patrick's Day, March 17th every year, when people of Irish descent organize parades and parties.
Shannon Farrell, St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Character   |



A kind word never broke anyone's mouth. Irish Saying
A kind word never broke anyone's mouth.
Irish Saying
Kindness   |



Imagine if we were all magical leprechauns, and every wish ever made on a four-leaf clover obliged us to help others obtain their wishes. Now imagine if people simply lived like this were true.
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
Imagination  | Helping Others



May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
Irish Saying
Respect  |     Angel



May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows you are dead.
Irish Saying
Prayer Poems   |



...forget the troubles that passed away. 
But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.
Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.
Irish Saying
Blessed   |



Life is too short to read a bad book.
James Joyce, Irish Novelist, Poet
Quotes about Books   |



Play every match as if it's your last, but play well enough so that it isn't.
Jack Lynch
Effort  |



May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
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.
Irish Saying
New Year Quotes  |



(St.) Patrick answered God's call to "spread the word of Christianity" to Ireland, and so, returned to Ireland, the land that enslaved him.
Hillbilly Housewife, On St. Patrick's Day Everyone Can Be Irish
God   |



God We must not make a false faith by hiding from our thoughts the causes of doubt, for faith is the highest achievement of the human intellect, the only gift man can make to God, and therefore it must be offered in sincerity.
William Butler Yeats, Irish Poet
Faith   |



The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. George Bernard Shaw
The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist
Purpose   |



If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.
Brendan Behan, Irish Republican, poet, short story writer
Inspirational Stories   |



A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce, Irish novelist
Mistake   |



Perhaps all of life is no more than a long preparation for the leaving of it. William John Banville
Perhaps all of life is no more than a long preparation for the leaving of it.
William John Banville, Irish novelist
Preparation   |



You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.
Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist, essayist
Wise   |



I'll tell you what I'm grateful for, and that's the clarity of understanding that the most important things in life are health, family and friends, and the time to spend on them.
Kenneth Branagh, Irish actor
Time  |



The difficulty in life is the choice. George Moore
The difficulty in life is the choice.
George Moore, Irish Novelist
Choices   |



The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.
Samuel Beckett, Irish Novelist
Laughter   |



Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde, Irish Playwright
Beauty   |



The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune. Irish Saying
The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.
Irish Saying
Music   |



May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
Irish Saying
Poems about Life   |



May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!
Irish Saying
Death   |       Encouraging



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, Irish Writer
Love   |



May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings. . .
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
Irish Saying
Birthday   |



It is sad to look at happiness only through another's eyes.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, Irish Novelist
Happiness   |



When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
Elizabeth Bowen, Irish Novelist
Wish  |



To appear rich, we become poor. Marguerite Blessington
To appear rich, we become poor.
Marguerite Blessington, an Irish novelist
Wealth   |



On the Irish ladder of success there's always some one on the rung above using your head to steady himself.
Irish Saying
Success   |



To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it's true.
Joyce Lunel Cary, Irish Novelist
Genius   |



We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. Thomas Moore
We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
Thomas Moore, Irish Actor
Communication   |



An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship. It starts in the right manner.
Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde, Irish Playwright Irish Quotes and Sayings
Best Friend Poems  |    Friendship



May grace and peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God, through knowing what God knows and believing what God believes ….about you.
Phelim Doherty, By the Grace of God
Peace   |



Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett, Irish Novelist
Never Quit Quotes   |



Though sympathy alone can't alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.
Bram Stoker, Irish Author
Sympathy  |



Here's to a fellow who smiles when life runs along like a song. And here's to the lad who can smile when everything goes dead wrong.
Irish Saying
Smile Poems   |



May the sun always shine on your window pane
May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your window pane;
An Irish Friendship Wish
Friendship Poems



Ireland has one of the world's heaviest rainfalls. If you see an Irishman with a tan, it's rust.
Dave Allen, an Irish Comedian
Funny Quotes about Life   |



May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
Irish Marriage Blessing
Children  |



May the holes in your nets be no larger than the fish in it. Irish Saying
May the holes in your nets be no larger than the fish in it.
Irish Saying
Funny Inspirational Quotes   |



It's my rule never to lose my temper till it would be dethrimental to keep it.
Seán O'Casey, Irish Dramatist
Anger   |



There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.
Patrick Henry Pearse, Irish Teacher
Joy   |



May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams
May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams.
Irish Saying
Dream  |



The hands are there for friendship, the heart is there for love.
Irish Saying
Friendship   |



May you only grow old in the face. Be treasured and cared for with grace.
Irish Blessing
Age   |



Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.
Oliver Goldsmith, Irish Author
Questioning Quotes   |



Ireland is the only place in the world where procrastination takes on a sense of urgency.
Dave Allen, an Irish Comedian
Procrastination  |



May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Irish Blessing
Encouraging Poems  |



There's the joy of ole' Killarney, in these wishes meant for you;
There's a bit of Irish blarney, and a touch of magic too.
There's a wish of lots of laughter, and good luck, be sure o' that;
And a wish that all your dreams may come true in no time flat.
Irish Wish
Birthday Poems  |



This microscopic nation in the Atlantic has little economic or political clout in the world. But somehow, Ireland's influence seems to pop up everywhere, whether you prefer to travel in the realms of high or low culture.
Robert Sullivan, Unusual Irish Quotes and Quotations
Influence   |


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