58 Irish Quotes and Blessings

Updated on March 24, 2018
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Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director, having written over 40 plays, one of them performing at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Dozens of the Best Irish Sayings

I'm one of the lucky lasses to claim an Irish heritage, and I like to share that heritage with everyone I can. So much of the culture revolves around stories and blessings. It isn't long after reading any number of famous Irish quotes, that the heart feels a little lighter and the eyes shine a little brighter. Here are some of my favorites. They make for a terrific Facebook status.

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Favorite Irish Quotes

1. Thirst is a shameless disease, so here's to a shameful cure.

2. A man that can't laugh at himself should be given a mirror.

3. The devil invented Scotch Whiskey to make the Irish poor.

4. The Irish - Be they kings, or poets, or farmers, They're a people of great worth, They keep company with the angels, And bring a bit of heaven here to earth.

5. Firelight will not let you read the stories, but it's warm, and you won't see the dust on the floor.

6. Character is better than wealth.

7. It is better to spend money like there is no tomorrow, than spend tonight like there is no money.

8. May you get all your wishes but one, so you have always something to strive for.

9. Here's to women's kisses, and to whiskey, amber clear. Not as sweet as a woman's kiss, but a darn sight more sincere!

10. In slender currents comes good luck; in rolling torrents comes misfortune.

11. If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry.

12. Better the coldness of a friend than the sweetness of an enemy.

13. Better to come in at the end of a feast than at the beginning of a fight.

14. May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

15. It's as foolish to let a fool kiss you as it is to let a kiss fool you.

16. A friend's eye is the best mirror.

17. Be nice to them on the way up. You might meet them on the way down.

18. The tree remains. But not the hand that planted it.

19. Befriend who you wish but make sure you know what side your bread is buttered on.

20. There's no point in keeping a dog if you're going to do your own barking.

21. Better an ass that carries you than a fine horse that throws you.

22. Forsake not a friend of many years for the acquaintance of a day.

23. Let your anger set with the sun and not rise again with it.

24. An Irish man may not kiss his wife for 20 years, but will kill any man who does.

25. Courtship is the time when a girl decides whether she can do better or not.

26. What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife? A bachelor.

27. A man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink, the drink takes the man.

28. A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig.

29. Morning is the time to pity the sober. The way they're feeling then is the best they're going to feel all day.

30. Here's to absent friends. And here's twice to absent enemies.

31. Great Hate follows Great Love.

32. It is often that a person's mouth broke his nose.

33. You'e got your own growing to do, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

34. 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 the year long.

35. Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.

36. I believe in the sun when it's not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when he is silent.

37. Who Gossips with you will gossip of you.

38. A good laugh and a log sleep are the two best cures.

39. Marry a mountain girl and you marry the whole mountain.

40. If you buy what you don't need, you might have to sell what you do.

41. Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.

42. May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.

43. A silent mouth is sweet to hear.

44. Questioning is the door of knowledge.

45. When God made time, He made plenty of it.

46. Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

47. You never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

48. A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.

49. Seeing is believing, but feeling is the God's own truth.

50. There is no need like the lack of a friend.

51. Patience can conquer destiny.

52. Two-thirds of help is to give courage.

53. Forgetting a debt doesn't mean it's paid.

54. Here's to the light heart and the heavy hand.

55. Here's to wet nights and a dry morning.

56. May we always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience and a bob in the pocket.

57. May you be across heaven's threshold before the old boy knows you're dead.

58. May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day

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        AstroGremlin 5 years ago

        I love funny Irish toasts!

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        sheezie77 5 years ago

        Very nice lens!

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        randomthings lm 5 years ago

        Very cool quotes. A good read.

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        zentao 6 years ago

        Haha! I have always loved these irish qoutes/toasts. Really great stuff! Thanks for sharing! Great lens

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        SophiaStar LM 6 years ago

        This is wonderful thank you! I agree that the Irish have so many great blessings, quotes and sayings:)

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        dahlia369 6 years ago

        I like sayings, one can use them to update their Facebook status, as a positive affirmation, to write on a greeting card, and more. Thank you for collecting and sharing best of the Irish ones!! :)

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        siobhanryan 6 years ago

        This is a fantatic lens and you have the cream of Irish quotes

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        Stinkerbelle 6 years ago

        Great lens with some awesome quotes keep up the great squidding

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        WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        "May a bit of heaven fall from out the sky above And make today a special day For you and those you love" ~glitter-graphics.com Happy St. Patrick's Day, Jules!

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        Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

        I find some great Irish quotes on Zazzle products. You might want to feature some of those here.

        This is great... I could put a new quote every day on Facebook until St. Patrick's Day. Fun

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        Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

        Of the few quotes I had time to read so far my fave is

        A man that can't laugh at himself should be given a mirror.

        I've included your lens on my Favorite Lenses lens & that quote in my status on FB

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        wilfredpadilla 6 years ago

        Great list of Quotes!

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        Monica Ranstrom 6 years ago

        How fun! Plan to use some on fb!

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        Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

        I'm of Scottish descent but I know that the Irish were originally Scots or the other way round - I can never remember which.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        thanks for some awesome quotes.

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        AbandonGames 6 years ago

        Great lense about irish quotes ..think i will use them too ,)

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        Stacy Birch 6 years ago

        Cool lens, I'm pretty Irish.

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        Barbara 6 years ago from USA

        I really wanted to stop by and say "Thank You" for the Angel blessing on my lens, Looking For Irish?!

        Great lens you've got here and I love the photos.

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        Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

        Love these quotes and will be using them for my status updates on FB. Thanks

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        wheresthekarma 6 years ago

        I will definitely be using some of these quotes!!! Cute lens!

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        hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

        thanks for the suggestions. happy st paddy's day!

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        JoshK47 6 years ago

        Awesome quotes - thanks for sharing! :)

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        squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

        Fun lens!! I might have to use one of these for st pattys day :)

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        Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

        I just added one to my FB status...Thanks! :)

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        LizRobertson 6 years ago

        Here's one in time for St. Paddy's Day from my lens party-like-the-irish-squire-on-st-pattys-day âThat the tap may be open when it rusts!â Cheers!

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        Joan Haines 6 years ago

        I have a good measure of Irish in me. Thanks for the Irish Facebook fodder!

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        John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

        I answered yes on your poll, but that is only because my wife's mother comes from Dublin.

        A great list of quotes don't think I can add to it.

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        WriterJanis2 6 years ago

        I'm part Irish. You have so many cool quotes here.

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        mrstwowheeljunkie 6 years ago

        Great Lens! My husband and I both are part Irish and very proud of it! We had fun reading all the great quotes!

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        sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

        lovely quote collection. really enjoyed my visit. thanks

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        LouisaDembul 6 years ago

        Didn't know some of these quotes were Irish!

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        Edwardjames81 6 years ago

        Some great quotes there - Have to bookmark this lens and come back later when I need to change a status.

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        June Parker 6 years ago from New York

        Fabulous idea for a lens. I don't do FB but being part Irish I love all the Irish quotes. I too will have to come back time and again to reread and to borrow a few from ya. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Holidays & Celebrations » Saint Patrick's Day" neighborhood.

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        Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

        I love all of these quotes but my favorite is "Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom". And I'm very Irish...born in Belfast, as a matter of fact

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        June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

        This is a wonderful idea for a lens. Thanks for the quotes.

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        bames24 lm 6 years ago

        great quotes

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        AlphaChic 6 years ago

        Seriously fun lens

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        hsschulte 6 years ago

        What a cute idea for a lens. I'll be coming back to borrow a quote on St. Patrick's day.

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        Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

        I'm a wee bit Irish on my father's side (grand mum was an Irish nurse from Boston). The quotes are wonderful, and give me inspiration for making new goodies for the upcoming holiday. Slainte!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I love the fun filled Irish quotes, you have quite a huge collection of them.

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        Michey LM 6 years ago

        Yes, on St Patric day everybody is a little Irish... and I love it!

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        Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

        Great quotes, yes I have a little bit of Irish in me, my grandmother's maiden name was Riley.

        So appreciated this lens. Thanks. Blessed.

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        mumsgather 6 years ago

        I love quotes of any kind. :)

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        Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Wonderful Irish quotes! Blessed today :)

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        Patricia 6 years ago

        Cool quotes! I am Irish. My great grandfather was full Irish and came to America from Ireland. My favorite quote or saying is "when Irish eyes are smiling" Blessing this lens!

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        poutine 6 years ago

        Thanks for Irish Quotes.

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        KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

        I'm Irish on my mom's side. She's used more than a few of these quotes over the years!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Lovely list of Irish quotations. Thanks for the fabulous share!

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        Alana-r 6 years ago

        Another born and bred Irish here, great list

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        Joy Lynskey 6 years ago from Moneta, Va

        Love this lens! I am a fellow Irish Gal!