79 Irish Proverbs

A collection of Irish Proverbs that express wit and wisdom in their words. Great words to share on St. Patrick's Day. These sayings have been passed down for generations and are still used today.


  1. Every eye forms its own fancy.
    Irish Proverb



  2. When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.  Irish Proverb
  3. When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.
    Irish Proverb



  4. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Irish Proverb



  5. A good retreat is better than a bad stand.
    Irish Proverb



  6. The work praises the man. Irish Proverb
  7. The work praises the man.
    Irish Proverb



  8. Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.
    Irish Proverb



  9. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.
    Irish Proverb



  10. God made time, but man made haste. Irish Proverb
  11. God made time, but man made haste.
    Irish Proverb



  12. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
    Irish Proverb



  13. If your messenger is slow, go to meet him.
    Irish Proverb



  14. A questioning man is halfway to being wise. Irish Proverb
  15. A questioning man is halfway to being wise.
    Irish Proverb



  16. A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught.
    Irish Proverb



  17. The light heart lives long.
    Irish Proverb



  18. If you are enough lucky to be Irish, you are lucky enough!
    Irish Proverb



  19. Say a little and say it well. Irish Proverb
  20. Say a little and say it well.
    Irish Proverb



  21. No time for health today, no health for your time tomorrow.
    Irish Proverb



  22. There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
    Irish Proverb



  23. God's help is nearer than the door.
    Irish Proverb



  24. The longest road out is the shortest road home. Irish Proverb
  25. The longest road out is the shortest road home.
    Irish Proverb



  26. There is no luck except where there is discipline.
    Irish Proverb



  27. A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
    Irish Proverb



  28. There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught.
    Irish Proverb



  29. Idleness is a fool's desire. Irish Proverb
  30. Idleness is a fool's desire.
    Irish Proverb



  31. Soft words butter no parsnips but they won't harden the heart of the cabbage either.
    Irish Proverb



  32. Age is honorable and youth is noble.
    Irish Proverb



  33. Every patient is a doctor after his cure.
    Irish Proverb



  34. Better to be a man of  character than a man of means. Irish Proverb
    Better to be a man of character than a man of means.
    Irish Proverb



  35. The fox never found a better messenger than himself.
    Irish Proverb



  36. It's for her own good that the cat purrs.
    Irish Proverb



  37. If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.
    Irish Proverb



  38. It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking. Irish Proverb
  39. It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.
    Irish Proverb



  40. A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.
    Irish Proverb



  41. Humour, to a man, is like a feather pillow. It is filled with what is easy to get but gives great comfort.
    Irish Proverb



  42. May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.
    Irish Proverb



  43. If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes. Irish Proverbs
  44. If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.
    Irish Proverb



  45. Marriages are all happy - it's having breakfast together that causes all the trouble.
    Irish Proverb



  46. Good sense is as important as good food.
    Irish Proverb



  47. He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you.
    Irish Proverb



  48. A friend's eye is a good mirror. Irish Proverb
  49. A friend's eye is a good mirror.
    Irish Proverb



  50. A watched kettle never boils.
    Irish Proverb



  51. Who gossips with you will gossip of you.
    Irish Proverb



  52. He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse that takes every advice.
    Irish Proverb



  53. Better good manners than good looks. Irish Proverb
  54. Better good manners than good looks.
    Irish Proverb



  55. Where the tongue slips it speaks the truth.
    Irish Proverb



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



  57. Forgetting a debt doesnít mean itís paid.
    Irish Proverb



  58. Slow is every foot on an unknown path. Irish Proverb
  59. Slow is every foot on an unknown path.
    Irish Proverb



  60. If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next.
    Irish Proverb



  61. Need teaches a plan.
    Irish Proverb



  62. Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.
    Irish Proverb



  63. The friend that can be bought is not worth buying. Irish Proverb
  64. The friend that can be bought is not worth buying.
    Irish Proverb



  65. Here's to eyes in your heads and none in your spuds.
    Irish Proverb



  66. You won't learn to swim on the kitchen floor.
    Irish Proverb



  67. If you dig a grave for others you may fall into it yourself.
    Irish Proverb



  68. There is luck in sharing a thing. Irish Proverb
  69. There is luck in sharing thing.
    Irish Proverb



  70. Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
    Irish Proverb



  71. Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
    Irish Proverb



  72. Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot.
    Irish Proverb



  73. When fire is applied to a stone it cracks. Irish Proverb
  74. When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.
    Irish Proverb



  75. When luck comes, it comes by the bucketful.
    Irish Proverb



  76. Always remember that hindsight is the best insight to foresight.
    Irish Proverb



  77. It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up awhile and down awhile.
    Irish Proverb



  78. Nodding the head does not row the boat. Irish Proverb
  79. Nodding the head does not row the boat.
    Irish Proverb



  80. Everyone is wise till he speaks.
    Irish Proverb



  81. There is luck in leisure.
    Irish Proverb



  82. Time is a good storyteller.
    Irish Proverb



  83. People live in each other's shelter.
    Irish Proverb



  84. Perseverance is the mother of good luck. Irish Proverb
  85. Perseverance is the mother of good luck.
    Irish Proverb



  86. There is no need like the lack of a friend.
    Irish Proverb



  87. Broken Irish is better than clever English.
    Irish Proverb



  88. Patience is a poultice for all wounds.
    Irish Proverb



  89. It is easy to halve the potato where there is love.
    Irish Proverb



  90. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm. Irish Proverb
  91. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm.
    Irish Proverb



  92. It is not a secret if it is known to three people.
    Irish Proverb



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



  94. Men are like bagpipes, no sound comes from them until they are full.
    Irish Proverb



  95. Praise the ripe field, not the green corn. Irish Proverb
  96. Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.
    Irish Proverb



  97. Never burn a penny candle looking for a halfpenny.
    Irish Proverb



  98. A glutton lives to eat; a wise man eats to live.
    Irish Proverb

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