Irish Quotes And Sayings


Irish Quotes And Sayings

Here is a collection of Irish quotes and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”
– Alex Levin

“And if God can’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping!”
– An old Irish proverb

“As they say in Ireland:…. may you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead.”
– An old Irish proverb

“For those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts.”
– And if God can’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping!

“May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields.”
– An old Irish proverb

“As a member of the Protestant British squirearchy ruling Ireland, he was touchy about his Irish origins. When in later life an enthusiastic Gael commended him as a famous Irishman, he replied A man can be born in a stable, and yet not be an animal.”
– Arthur Wellesley Wellington

“All the same, she wondered if they did know what she thought and felt, if they knew without knowing, in that way the Irish were so adept at doing.”
– Benjamin Black, Vengeance

“Some ghosts are so quiet you would hardly know they were there.”
– Bernie Mcgill, The Butterfly Cabinet: A Novel

“H. L Mencken’s Dictionary of the American Language supplies a long list of slang terms for being drunk, but the Irish are no slouches, either. They’re spannered, rat-arsed, cabbaged, and hammered; ruined, legless, scorched, and blottoed; or simply trolleyed or sloshed. In Kerry, you’re said to be flamin’; in Waterford, you’re in the horrors; and in Cavan, you’ve gone baloobas, a tough one to wrap your tongue around if you ARE baloobas. In Donegal, you’re steamin’, while the afflicted in Limerick are out of their tree.”
– Bill Barich, A Pint of Plain

“I am a drinker with writing problems.”
– Brendan Behan

“I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.”
– Brendan Behan

“I only drink on two occasions — when I’m thirsty and when I’m not”
– Brendan Behan

“No strangers here, just friends you haven’t met!”
– Brendan Behan

“One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.”
– Brendan Behan

“Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.”
– Brendan Behan

“The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.”
– Brendan Behan

“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

“There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
– Brendan Behan

“When I came back to Dublin I was court-martialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.”
– Brendan Behan

“Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.”
– Brendan Francis Behan

“Ach, a Dhia, táim tuirseach!”
– Caitlín Maude, Dánta, Drámaíocht agus Prós

“Ireland is where strange tales begin & happy endings are possible.”
– Charles Haughey

“[Kurt Cobain] had a lot of German in him. Some Irish. But no Jew. I think that if he had had a little Jew he would have [expletive] stuck it out.”
– Courtney Love

“To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.”
– Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
– Edna O’Brien

“Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk. They had somehow got it into their heads that each fairy lugged around a pot of gold with him wherever he went. While it was true that LEP had a ransom fund, because of its officers’ high-risk occupation, no human had ever taken a chunk of it yet. This didn’t stop the Irish population in general from skulking around rainbows, hoping to win the supernatural lottery.”
– Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

“Here’s to our wives and girlfriends: May they never meet!”
– Famous Irish Drinking Toast

“Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes’ chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression. I reflected on the subject of my spare-time literary activities. One Beginning and one ending for a book was a thing I did not agree with. A good book may have three openings entirely dissimilar and inter-related only in the prescience of the author, or for that matter one hundred times as many endings.”
– Flann O’Brien

“May those who love us, love us.”
– For those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts.

“We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas–stretched, primed, and ready for painting on. We love the story part of the word history, and we love it trimmed out with color and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence.”
– Frank Delaney, Tipperary

“For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”
– G.K. Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“A man who loses his money gains, at the least, experience, and sometimes, something better.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversations.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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