Gaelic Proverbs and Sayings


Hello all. I have been doing some research, and I have found some more Irish blessings and sayings. In fact I have found so many good things, I had to split this page up. Now this page will have Irish sayings and proverbs and another page will have Irish blessings<. Make sure you come back to visit. This stuff is great fun. Please sign the guess book or drop me an email. I would really like to hear from some of my visitors!

Irish Proverbs

Irish Diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.

An Irishman has an abiding sense of tragedy which sustains him through temporary periods of joy.

Life is like a cup of tea, itís all in how you make it!

 A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea

 Humor to a man is like a feather pillow. It is filled with what is easy to get but gives great comfort.

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

 A wild goose never reared a tame gosling.

 A boys best friend is his mother and there's no spancel stronger than her apron string.

 If you lie down with dogs you'll rise with fleas.

 An old broom knows the dirty corners best !

 To the raven her own chick is white. 

It s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

 A friend's eye is a good mirror.

A silent mouth is melodious.

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

Even a small thorn causes festering.

If you want to be criticized, marry.

It is not a secret if it is known by three people.

The work praises the man.

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey

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


Irish Sayings

to someone who committed some small fault

'Tis only a stepmother would blame you.'

of a tall, large woman

That's a fine doorful of a woman.

of a gossiper

She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.

of a poor, thin creature

The breath is only just in and out of him, and the grass doesn't know of him walking over it.

of a coarse, ill-mannered person using poor language

What would you expect out of a pig but a grunt?

on trying to change a stubborn person's mind

You might as well be whistling jigs to a milestone

of very bad music

Aw, that's the tune the old cow died of.

of one who overstays their welcome

If that man went to a wedding, he'd stay for the christening.

of a talkative person

That man would talk the teeth out of a saw.

of a person who paid too much for a cow

He bought every hair in her tail.

of a clever thief

He'd steal the sugar out of your punch.

said of a woman who had made a bad marriage

She burnt her coal and did not warm herself.

of bad aim in shooting

He wouldn't hit a hole in a ladder.

of an impish child

That one suffers from a double dose of original sin.

of an unfortunate one

He is always in the field when luck is on the road.

of very wet weather

It's a fine day for young ducks.

of someone who always plans carefully

If he's not fishing he's mending his nets.


Some of this is from Island Irish.


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