It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so Irish sayings, quotes, proverbs, adages and blessings will top the searches online today as they do every St. Patrick’s Day. While some Irish sayings are used in everyday conversation, there are others sayings and quotes that have not echoed down through the generations from the Irish ancestors and even though they are seldom heard, they carry quite the punch with their meaning.
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and while the Irish celebrate their heritage, everyone has a bit of the Irish sparkle in their eye today. Dazzle your co-workers and friends with a few Irish sayings, ones that will spawn a conversation and some that may need an explanation of their meaning, which you can offer up! The Business Insider reminds their readers on March 17 that some Irish sayings are beautiful and some are, well…”just plain weird.”
Without further ado, here are some very meaningful Irish sayings for you to use on St. Patrick’s Day to set the mood in your office, at home, in the pub or anywhere else you might need to share Irish words of wisdom today! The International Business Times and other articles in the news today have shared some of their favorite Irish sayings, proverbs, curses and blessings. A couple of Irish grandmothers had a few of their own to add for a variety of Irish quips, quotes, blessings, sayings and yes, even curses!
Check out these Irish sayings, proverbs, blessings, quips, curses and quotes:
One Irish saying you probably don’t hear often is “Toot your own horn if you never sell a fish.” This is something you might say to someone who is bragging just a bit, as it stems from way back in the days when fish were sold from street carts and each time a fish merchant would sell a fish they would have a horn they would blow announcing that sale. A bit of Irish bragging or maybe even an early sales gimmick!
A very nice way to tell someone to “go to Hell” is done with the old adage “May the cat eat you and may the devil eat the cat.” As the Business Insider suggests, it is “a double whammy” and a “surefire sentence to Hell.”
“If he’s not fishing, he’s mending his nets.” You would say this about a co-worker who is very work-orientated and organized.
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it all day.” This is so true, just think about the last time you got a late start to your day!
“She’s fit to mind mice at a crossroads.” Think about this saying, it describes someone very responsible, or very capable, as minding mice would not be an easy thing to do, but couple that with busy crossroads and you have got yourself an impossible task!
“If that man went to a wedding, he’d stay for the christening.” This is something you’d say about a person who has the tendency to outstay their welcome.
“Fish are like company, they both start to stink after three days.” This is something you might use to describe how you feel about house quests, as a few days is fine, but that’s about it!
“She is always in the field when luck is on the road.” You all know someone who fashions themselves as unlucky, well this is what you would say if someone is unlucky.
These Irish sayings are self-explanatory:
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”
“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”
“May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.”
“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.”
“May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”
“May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.”
“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends”
“Honey is sweet, but don’t lick it off a briar.” ( A briar is a bush with thorns).
“It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.”
“Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.”
“If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do.”
“I complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
“Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.”
“Better good manners than good looks.”
“I would rather owe it to you than cheat you out of it.”
“It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money.”
“It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.”
“Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.”
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.”
“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”
“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.”
“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who He gives it to!”
“No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.”
“A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.”
“There is no luck except where there is discipline.”
“In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the west.”’
Here are some of the more nastier curses some of our Irish ancestors coined that Irish Central has archived online!:
“May you be afflicted with the itch but have no nails to scratch with”
“May you die without a priest in a town with no clergy”
“May your obituary be written in weasel’s piss”
“May you find the bees but not the honey”
“May you marry in haste and repent at leisure”
“May you get the runs on your wedding night” (The “runs” is slang for diarrhea.)
“May you marry a wench that blows wind like a stone from a sling”
“May you all go to hell and not have a drop of porter to quench your eternal thirst”
“May the devil cut the head off you and make a day’s work of your neck”
“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!”