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Irish Proverbs & Quotes

Here are over 300 Irish proverbs, quotes, toasts, blessings, and assorted other quotations about Ireland and the Irish people. For more history, see Irish History.

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The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent.

Hugh Leonard

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But the greatest love -- the love above all loves,
Even greater than that of a mother...
Is the tender, passionate, undying love,
Of one beer drunken slob for another.

Irish ballad

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May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Irish blessing

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Holy Mother take the harm of the years away from you.

Irish blessing

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Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can't go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.

Irish blessing

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May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And heaven is overflowing.

Irish blessing

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May the roof above us never fall in.
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

Irish blessing

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May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

Irish blessing

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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

Irish blessing

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May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

Irish blessing

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May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent!

Irish blessing

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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Irish blessing

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Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

Irish blessing

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Bless you and yours
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched.

Irish blessing

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May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.

Irish curse

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May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope.

Irish curse

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The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

Irish proverb

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Two shorten the road.

Irish proverb

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God's help is nearer than the door.

Irish proverb

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Praise the child and you praise the mother.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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Mothers hold their children's hands for just a little while...
And their hearts forever.

Irish proverb

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It is the good horse that draws its own cart.

Irish proverb

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It's easy to halve the potato where there's love.

Irish proverb

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A Christmas wish -- may you never forget what is worth remembering, or remember what is best forgotten.

Irish proverb

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Your feet will bring you where your heart is.

Irish proverb

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Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Irish proverb

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Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man -- and after that, praying.

Irish proverb

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Now sweetly lies old Ireland
Emerald green beyond the foam,
Awakening sweet memories,
Calling the heart back home.

Irish proverb

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'Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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Many an Irish property was increased by the lace of a daughter's petticoat.

Irish proverb

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A wild goose never reared a tame gosling.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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To the raven her own chick is white.

Irish proverb

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Marry a mountain girl
and you marry the whole mountain.

Irish proverb

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As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal;
Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.

Irish proverb

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Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.

Irish proverb

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God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

Irish proverb

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Life is like a cup of tea,
it's all in how you make it

Irish proverb

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A drink precedes a story.

Irish proverb

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A friend's eye is a good mirror.

Irish proverb

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A hen is heavy when carried far.

Irish proverb

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A hound's food is in its legs.

Irish proverb

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A light heart lives long.

Irish proverb

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A little kinship is better than a lot of charity.

Irish proverb

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A lock is better than suspicion.

Irish proverb

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A penny gets another penny.

Irish proverb

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A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood.

Irish proverb

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A ship often sank beside the harbour.

Irish proverb

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A silent mouth is melodious.

Irish proverb

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A trade not properly learned is an enemy.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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A watched kettle never boils.

Irish proverb

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A windy day is not a day for thatching.

Irish proverb

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A word is more enduring than worldy wealth.

Irish proverb

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Age is honorable and youth is noble.

Irish proverb

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An empty sack does not stand.

Irish proverb

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An Irishman is never at peace except when he's fighting.

Irish proverb

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An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.

Irish proverb

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An old broom knows the dirty corners best.

Irish proverb

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As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

Irish proverb

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As the old cock crows so the young cock learns.

Irish proverb

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Bad as I like ye, it's worse without ye.

Irish proverb

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Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

Irish proverb

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Better be quarreling than lonesome.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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Broken Irish is better than clever English.

Irish proverb

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Distant hills look green.

Irish proverb

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Do not mistake a goat's beard for a fine stallion's tail.

Irish proverb

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Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord, and it makes you miss him.

Irish proverb

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Even a small thorn causes festering.

Irish proverb

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Every patient is a doctor after his cure.

Irish proverb

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Every terrier is bold in the doorway of its own house.

Irish proverb

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Every tide has an ebb save the tide of graces.

Irish proverb

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Everyone is wise till he speaks.

Irish proverb

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Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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Food is a good workhorse.

Irish proverb

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God made time, but man made haste.

Irish proverb

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Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

Irish proverb

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Have a mouth of ivy and a heart of holly.

Irish proverb

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He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you.

Irish proverb

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He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

Irish proverb

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He'd offer you an egg if you promised not to break the shell.

Irish proverb

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Hoping to recoup ruins the gambler.

Irish proverb

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If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.

Irish proverb

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If you want to be criticized, marry.

Irish proverb

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Instinct is stronger than upbringing.

Irish proverb

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It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.

Irish proverb

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It is a long road that has no turning.

Irish proverb

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It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead the rest of your life.

Irish proverb

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It is better to exist unknown to the law.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.

Irish proverb

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It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.

Irish proverb

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It's for her own good that the cat purrs.

Irish proverb

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It's no use boiling your cabbage twice.

Irish proverb

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Its no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

Irish proverb

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It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.

Irish proverb

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It's the deaf people that create the lies.

Irish proverb

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Lack of resource has hanged many a person.

Irish proverb

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Let your bargain suit your purpose.

Irish proverb

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Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.

Irish proverb

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Love all men -- except lawyers.

Irish proverb

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Make the fence or you will pay the plundering.

Irish proverb

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May you have a bright future -- as the chimney sweep said to his son.

Irish proverb

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Mere words do not feed the friars.

Irish proverb

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Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.

Irish proverb

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Need teaches a plan.

Irish proverb

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Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool.

Irish proverb

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Patience is a poultice for all wounds.

Irish proverb

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People live in each other's shelter.

Irish proverb

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Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.

Irish proverb

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Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.

Irish proverb

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Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.

Irish proverb

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Snuff at a wake is fine if there's nobody sneezing over the snuffbox.

Irish proverb

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Soft words butter no parsnips but they won't harden the heart of a cabbage either.

Irish proverb

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The beginning and end of one's life is to draw closer to the fire.

Irish proverb

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The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse.

Irish proverb

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The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.

Irish proverb

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The heaviest ear of grain bends its head the lowest.

Irish proverb

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The hole is more honorable than the patch.

Irish proverb

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The light heart lives long.

Irish proverb

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The longest road out is the shortest road home.

Irish proverb

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The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

Irish proverb

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The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

Irish proverb

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The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke.

Irish proverb

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The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.

Irish proverb

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The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

Irish proverb

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The smallest thing outlives the human being.

Irish proverb

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The thief is no threat to the beggar.

Irish proverb

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The three sharpest things in the world: a thorn in the mud, a hemp rope, a fool's word.

Irish proverb

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The tiredness leaves but the profit remains.

Irish proverb

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The treachery returns to the betrayer.

Irish proverb

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The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

Irish proverb

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The well fed does not understand the lean.

Irish proverb

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The work praises the man.

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The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey.

Irish proverb

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There are two tellings to every story.

Irish proverb

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There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.

Irish proverb

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There is no fireside like your own fireside.

Irish proverb

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There is no luck except where there is discipline.

Irish proverb

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There is no need like the lack of a friend.

Irish proverb

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There is no wise man without fault.

Irish proverb

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There is often the look of an angel on the Devil himself.

Irish proverb

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There tends to be a black sheep in even the whitest flock.

Irish proverb

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

Irish proverb

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There's no worth to a story without an author.

Irish proverb

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Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness.

Irish proverb

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Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst.

Irish proverb

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Time is a good storyteller.

Irish proverb

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Twenty years a child;
twenty years running wild;
twenty years a mature man,
and after that, praying.

Irish proverb

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Two people see a thing that an individual does not see.

Irish proverb

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Two thirds of the work is the semblance.

Irish proverb

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Walk straight, my son -- as the old crab said to the young crab.

Irish proverb

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What butter and whiskey will not cure there's no cure for.

Irish proverb

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What fills the eye fills the heart.

Irish proverb

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When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

Irish proverb

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When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.

Irish proverb

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When the apple is ripe it will fall.

Irish proverb

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When the cat is outside, the mouse does be dancing.

Irish proverb

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When the drop is inside, the sense is outside.

Irish proverb

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When the liquor was gone the fun was gone.

Irish proverb

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You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Irish proverb

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You must live with a person to know a person. If you want to know me come and live with me.

Irish proverb

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You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

Irish proverb

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You'll not find a thrush in a hawk's nest.

Irish proverb

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Your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

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Your son is your son today, but your daughter is your daughter forever.

Irish proverb


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