Irish Toasts, Sayings, and Quotes
People across the world look forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day each year. There is something magical about this holiday that evokes thoughts of leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. The Irish certainly have a way of enticing the inner child within us with their words and wisdom. Enjoy these sayings throughout the holiday (or whenever you need a little Irish cheer)!
- Irish Drinking Toasts
- Irish Blessings
- Quotes by Famous Irish People
- Traditional Irish Proverbs and Sayings
Irish Drinking Toasts
For many, the best part of St. Patrick's Day is clanking overflowing tankards of beer with friends and family. There is something very special about simply clinking glasses with loved ones and saying "cheers!" So, whether your glass is filled with beer or a non-alcoholic alternative, you can use these cheers to add a bit more festivity to your celebration on this holiday (or any day).
"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way—
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."
"Sláinte!" (meaning "good health," pronounced slawn-cha)
"May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights."
"Merry met, and merry part,
I drink to thee with all my heart."
"May your home always be too small to hold all your friends."
"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold."
"Bless your little Irish heart—and every other Irish part".
"Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer—and another one!"
"To all the days here and after
May they be filled with fond memories, happiness, and laughter."
"May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
May the goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow."
Irish poems, blessings, and sayings can help to bring brightness to our spirits with their natural wit and humor. Many sayings allude to the idea that even though there are challenging times in life, there are also many simple things to be grateful for, such as a cup of hot tea, or a warm ray of sunshine. You can enjoy these by reading them to yourself, or perhaps including one in a card or e-mail to a friend.
"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."
"May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!"
"Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!"
"May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer."
"May your home be filled with laughter
May your pockets be filled with gold
And may you have all the happiness
Your Irish heart can hold."
Quotes by Famous Irish People
- "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." —George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
- "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." —William Butler Yeats, Poet
- "You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday." —Jonathan Swift, satirist
- "If you accept your limitations you go beyond them." —Brendan Behan, poet
- "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, Playwright
- "When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." —Elizabeth Bowen, novelist
- "If your Irish, it doesn't matter where you go you'll always find family." —Victoria Smurfit, Actress
- "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, Actor
- "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, author
Traditional Irish Proverbs and Sayings
- "All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
- "May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."
- "Beautiful young people are acts of nature but beautiful old people are works of art."
- "These things, I warmly wish for you—someone to love, some work to do, a bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer and a guardian angel always near. "
- "Life is like a cup of tea—it's all in how you make it! "
- "As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal; keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole."
- "May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed by the smiles of the people you love. "