Everyone needs to hear them.
Irish proverbs and sayings are a treasure trove of wisdom.
They can teach children about life or provide an interesting perspective on the world for adults.
People have been sharing their favorite Irish proverbs and Irish sayings all over Ireland down through the generations. In this article, I will share just a few of my favorites with you — enjoy!
May today be better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow
Optimism has been part of human culture for thousands of years. It was first documented by ancient Greek philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato. They believed that people were naturally optimistic because they had an innate knowledge of good things happening in their future.
Some believe that pessimists are depressed individuals whose moods are affected by external factors rather than internal ones.
No matter which side of the fence you sit on, this Irish proverb is a great way to start your day — it’s a reminder that we can all make today better than yesterday.
What a sober man has in his heart, the drunk has on his lips
Many Irish proverbs feature drink, and indeed across many different cultures. The above saying has been recorded from various sources, including Denmark, Germany, and Andalusia.
The proverb suggests that, while a sober person may keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves, a drunk will share everything he knows — even if it’s not wise or appropriate!
There are plenty of jokes about the Irish liking to drink beer, especially Guinness. However, the truth is that the Irish do love their alcohol. We are the biggest drinkers per capita in Europe.
There are several reasons why the Irish love to drink. For starters, the Irish are friendly people who enjoy a chat. Alcohol helps loosen tongues.
Another reason is that the Irish love to celebrate. Many of our celebrations involve lots of drinking. So it’s hardly surprising that the Irish love to drink!
And finally, the Irish love to party. The Irish love to dance, sing, and generally enjoy themselves. Drinking helps them relax after a hard day at work.
Luck never gives; it only lends
The Irish have an interesting take on luck.
They believe it comes from God or fate, but they also think we can influence our luck by making choices.
The idea of luck being something that happens to us rather than something we make happen is relatively new to English. The Irish have always understood that luck is a mixture of what you do and what happens.
This proverb reminds us that we should make the most of every opportunity that comes our way because luck is never guaranteed.
Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get
The Irish live in an overcast country where the climate appears regularly in our proverbs. It’s not uncommon for us to be caught out by rain when we least expect it!
Some say that the weather is the result of the whims of the gods, while others blame bad luck. But whatever the reason, it’s undoubtedly true that the Irish love to complain about the weather.
This Irish proverb is an excellent reminder that we shouldn’t blame ourselves for the weather. We should accept it and enjoy what days are good!
Hunger is a good sauce — hunger makes any food taste good
The Irish have a great sense of humor, and this proverb is a good example. It’s also true, by the way!
Hunger does make any food taste good. And when you’re hungry, you don’t care what it is — as long as it fills your stomach!
This proverb is a great way to remind yourself that hunger is just a temporary state, and the next good meal will be here soon enough!
The Irish love a hearty meal, especially during the winter months. We tend to eat more meat and potatoes than other Europeans. This is partly due to the cold weather, which makes cooking difficult.
We also like to think of ourselves as a nation of gourmets. One Irish saying sums up the national appetite nicely: ‘Hunger is a good servant but a poor master.’
The Irish love their food so much that they have developed a whole industry around it. There are restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes, bakeries and many more places where people can enjoy a great meal.
The local pub has become synonymous with eating and drinking in some parts of Ireland. As such, these establishments are significant to the community.
As far as the Irish are concerned, nothing beats a pint of Guinness or a plateful of chips. And no meal would be complete without a cup of tea or coffee.
A drink precedes a story
A good drink always helps to loosen the tongue!
The Irish are known for their gift of the gab (the ability to talk easily and knowledgeably about a range of subjects). We love to chat and tell stories, primarily when we’re gathered around the dinner table or in the pub. This is a great way to get to know people and build relationships.
Alcohol helps to get the conversation flowing. It’s a social lubricant that helps people relax and open up.
The Irish have always been great storytellers, and this proverb is a testament to that fact!
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
This Irish blessing is beautiful and poetic, but it’s also very sad. It means that we may never meet again, so let’s make the most of our time together now!
Before someone says something they will regret later on in life, an Irish person will say, “may your words be as barren as a stone.” This is a warning from the Irish to think about what you’re going to say before saying it.
So make the most of your time together and enjoy each other’s company while you can.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends
The Irish are friendly people, and they love to have a party. This proverb is a warning to friends and family that they may not all fit in your home at the same time!
The Irish are also known for their sense of humor. We like to make fun of ourselves, and we often use sarcasm as a way of dealing with difficult situations.
We also have a lot of sayings about love and relationships. One of my favorites is ‘love is blind.’ This means that we often make bad choices in our personal lives because we’re not thinking with our heads but with our hearts.
In Ireland, we’re very proud of our culture and heritage. When people from other countries visit us, they always comment on how friendly the Irish are. We have a saying that “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
This means that if you want to be friends with someone, you should help them when needed! It’s also a sign of loyalty and trust.
It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose
This proverb is a warning to be careful of what you say because you may end up getting into a fight. It’s also a reminder that words can hurt just as much as physical violence.
Always watch your tongue, think before you speak, and you’ll avoid many a heartache.
God is good but never dance in a small boat
This proverb is a warning to be careful and not take risks. It’s also a reminder that we should always trust in God but never put our faith in uncertain things.
One thing I love about Irish proverbs and sayings is how they are full of contradictions. They make you think about life in a different way.
Your feet will bring you to where your heart is
This proverb is about following your heart and doing what makes you happy. It’s a reminder that you need to go after it yourself to find happiness.
And it reminds us that our heart brings us back to those we love and care for. So, always follow your heart and you’ll be rewarded in the end!
You’ve got to do your own growing no matter how tall your father was
This proverb is a reminder that we need to find our path in life and not follow in the footsteps of others. It’s also a message that we should never give up on our dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.
A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without and see them all unite
This proverb reminds us that Irish people are very close with their families. They will argue and fight, but they’ll always come back together as one! So if you have problems at home, don’t worry too much about it because they’ll work through it in the end.
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune
This proverb is a reminder that experience and age bring wisdom. Irish people are very fond of their traditions, and they often pass down their knowledge to the next generation.
So, if you want to learn more about Irish culture, then ask an older person — they’ll have plenty of stories to share!
Despite their troubles, the Irish have always managed to survive. We’ve reached the other side through famine, oppression, and even civil wars. We’ve had some tough times, but nothing has ever really taken our sense of humor.
Irish proverbs and sayings are rich with wisdom. They can teach children about life or provide an interesting perspective on the world for adults.
People have been sharing their favorite Irish proverbs and Irish sayings all over Ireland down through the generations.
I’ve shared these few should inspire you to explore more of these wise words yourself.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of our Irish proverbs and sayings. Slán agus beannacht leat! (Goodbye and blessings to you!)