Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Irish proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!
- Mere words do not feed the friars.
- Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.
- The work praises the man.
- You didn’t turn up when sense was being distributed.
- Don’t let your tongue cut your throat.
- Patience cures many an old complaint.
- Nature will come through the claws, and the hound will follow the hare.
- To the fighting man, peace is sure.
- Age is honorable, and youth is noble.
- The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.
- You never miss the water until the well has run dry.
- Lack of resource has hanged many a person.
- It is easy to halve the potato where there’s love.
- A hound’s food is in its legs.
- Don’t say everything you want to say, lest you hear something you would not like to hear.
- To every cow, its calf; to every book, its copy.
- If you want to know me, come and live with me.
- An old broom knows the dirty corners best.
- He knows how many grains to a bushel of wheat.
- If you want to be criticized, marry.
- All sins cast long shadows.
- It takes time to build castles.
- Marry a mountain girl, and you marry the whole mountain.
- Two shorten the road.
- One beetle recognizes another.
- Better be quarrelling than lonesome.
- A wild goose never reared a tame gosling.
- May you have a bright future, as the chimney sweep said to his son.
- There is no strength without unity.
- A silent mouth is melodious.
- What will come from the briar but the berry?
- Patience and forbearance make a bishop of his reverence.
- The well fed does not understand the lean.
- It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.
- There is no luck except where there is discipline.
- When the sky falls, we’ll catch larks.
- Better own a trifle than want a great deal.
- It is no secret that is known to three.
- What butter and whiskey will not cure there’s no cure for.
- Life is like a cup of tea: it’s all in how you make it.
- When you are right, no one remembers; when you are wrong, no one forgets.
- The best way to keep loyalty in a man’s heart is to keep money in his purse.
- As the old cock crows, the young cock learns.
- It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.
- When the fruit is scarcest, its taste is sweetest.
- Possession satisfies.
- Don’t bless the fish until it gets to the land.
- Three diseases without shame: love, itch, and thirst.
- Instinct is stronger than upbringing.
- It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
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2 thoughts on “Irish Proverbs”
“It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.”
True words from the Irish 🙂
I’ve always wanted to visit the Irish countryside. It looks so beautiful.