A very personal form of Irish expression, Irish proverbs are short words of wisdom and life lessons. Born of a practical, thrifty and hardworking people, we find these proverbs ‘make sense’ as a part of our cherished Irish culture.
As with any proverb, the best ones apply to nearly everybody!
We like to share proverbs from Ireland on gift cards and photo-books, engrave them on gifts, illustrate them on T-shirts, include them in email signatures, and so on.
As with many Irish sayings, proverbs from Ireland are all over the Internet. Rather than simply cut and paste them here, we will offer a few of our favorites, with some notes on what makes them special.
Ready to see some great Irish proverbs? Read on!
It’s impossible to miss family values in the proverbs of Ireland. Respect for those who came before appears in many of Ireland’s proverbs, toasts, blessings and other sayings. For example:
“The older the fiddle, the lovelier the tune.”
There is a strong sense of personal integrity in Irish Proverbs, reflecting the independence, self-reliance and appreciation for hard work in traditional Irish values. A couple of examples here include:
“No need to fear wind if the hay is tied down.”
“The longest road out is the shortest road home.”
This is one of the things we love the most about our cherished Irish heritage.
Somehow, in a history including many trials and tragedies, the Irish have become one of the world’s most appreciative, fun-loving and genuinely friendly people.
Proverbs from Ireland often reflect this relentless sense of hope and appreciation. For example:
“Get on your knees and thank God you’re still on your feet.”
“Buried embers will eventually turn to flames.”
“Drink is a curse. It makes you shoot at your landlord … and miss!”
They don’t necessarily have a category, but they are still among the most popular proverbs from Ireland…
“Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat.”
“Every rooster crows boldly in his own barnyard.”
“Everyone is a good-natured lad until a cow gets into his garden.”
“One beetle recognizes another.”
“Cattle in faraway lands have long horns.”
“The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground.”
“In our togetherness, castles are built.”
"Many hands make light work."
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