110 Irish Proverbs - Inspirational Words of Wisdom

110 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. He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend, loses more; he who loses faith, loses all.
    Irish Proverbs



  3. From the day you marry your heart will be in your mouth and your hand in your pocket.
    Irish Proverbs



  4. Better to be fortunate than rich.
    Irish Proverbs



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



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



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



  9. The work praises the man. Irish Proverb
  10. The work praises the man.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



  13. God made time, but man made haste. Irish Proverb
  14. God made time, but man made haste.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



  17. A questioning man is halfway to being wise. Irish Proverb
  18. A questioning man is halfway to being wise.
    Irish Proverb



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



  20. The light heart lives long.
    Irish Proverb



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



  22. Say a little and say it well. Irish Proverb
  23. Say a little and say it well.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  27. The longest road out is the shortest road home. Irish Proverb
  28. The longest road out is the shortest road home.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  32. Idleness is a fool's desire. Irish Proverb
  33. Idleness is a fool's desire.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



  52. A friend's eye is a good mirror. Irish Proverb
  53. A friend's eye is a good mirror.
    Irish Proverb



  54. A watched kettle never boils.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



  57. Better good manners than good looks. Irish Proverb
  58. Better good manners than good looks.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  62. Slow is every foot on an unknown path. Irish Proverb
  63. Slow is every foot on an unknown path.
    Irish Proverb



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



  65. Need teaches a plan.
    Irish Proverb



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



  67. The friend that can be bought is not worth buying. Irish Proverb
  68. The friend that can be bought is not worth buying.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  72. There is luck in sharing a thing. Irish Proverb
  73. There is luck in sharing thing.
    Irish Proverb



  74. Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



  77. When fire is applied to a stone it cracks. Irish Proverb
  78. When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  82. Nodding the head does not row the boat. Irish Proverb
  83. Nodding the head does not row the boat.
    Irish Proverb



  84. Everyone is wise till he speaks.
    Irish Proverb



  85. There is luck in leisure.
    Irish Proverb



  86. Time is a good storyteller.
    Irish Proverb



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



  88. Perseverance is the mother of good luck. Irish Proverb
  89. Perseverance is the mother of good luck.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



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



  94. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm. Irish Proverb
  95. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



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



  99. Praise the ripe field, not the green corn. Irish Proverb
  100. Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.
    Irish Proverb



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



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



  103. Nobody is wise till something goes against him.
    Irish Proverb



  104. Bend with the tree that will bend with you.
    Irish Proverb



  105. The stars make no noise.
    Irish Proverb



  106. Good humor comes from the kitchen.
    Irish Proverb



  107. It's no secret that's know to three. Irish Proverb
  108. It's no secret that's know to three.
    Irish Proverb



  109. Do not bless the fish till it gets to the land.
    Irish Proverb



  110. As well whistle jigs to a milestone as tell troubles to you.
    Irish Proverb



  111. A sword, a spade and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
    Irish Proverb



  112. Ye didn't turn up when sense being distributed.
    Irish Proverb



  113. He who is bad at giving a lodging is good at show the road.
    Irish Proverb



  114. Don't make little of your dish, for it may be an ignorant person who judges it.
    Irish Proverb



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



  116. A constant drop wears a hole in the stone. Irish Proverb
  117. A constant drop wears a hole in the stone.
    Irish Proverb



  118. When the cat is out the mice will dance.
    Irish Proverb



  119. Even a fool has luck.
    Irish Proverb



  120. Not every flatterer is a friend.
    Irish Proverb



  121. Look before you leap.
    Irish Proverb



  122. The end of feast is better than the beginning of a quarrel.
    Irish Proverb



  123. Everything is revealed by time.
    Irish Proverb



  124. No man is wise at all times. 
Irish Proverb
  125. No man is wise at all times.
    Irish Proverb



  126. Enough is a feast.
    Irish Proverb



  127. Learning is the desire of the wise.
    Irish Proverb



  128. Hope is the physician of each misery.
    Irish Proverb



  129. It's hard to teach an old dog to dance.
    Irish Proverb



  130. A constant guest is never welcome.
    Irish Proverb



  131. Gold is light with a fool.
    Irish Proverb



  132. The seekin' for one thing will find another.
    Irish Proverb



  133. Character is better than wealth.
    Irish Proverb

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