March 23, 2012

Witty Irish Proverbs

The Irish certainly have a way with words, so it seems fitting this month to post some colorful Irish proverbs. Enjoy...and quote often!

  • Time is a great storyteller.
  • A friend's eye is a good mirror.
  • Don't give cherries to pigs, or advice to fools.
  • Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.
  • A loud voice can make even the truth sound foolish.
  • A watched kettle never boils.
  • Never ask a fox to watch the hens.
  • Patience cures many an old complaint.
  • Never speak to the feet while the head is alive.
  • The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.
  • Trouble hates nothing as much as a smile.
  • An old broom knows the dirty corners best.
  • One eye is the corner is sharper than two about the house.
  • Be kind to those you meet as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall.
  • As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way. 
  • May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
  • When flowers bloom, I hope you'll not sneeze,
    and may you always have someone to squeeze!
  • May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
  • May the sun shine bright on your windowpane,
    and may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
  • May your pockets be heavy, your heart be light,
    and may good luck pursue you morning and night.


  1. I will have to remember these!!!!

    1. Yes, I want to remember them, too. The Irish really do have a way with words!!