Irish Proverbs Sayings

The seeking for one thing will find another.

Treachery returns.

One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Time is a good story-teller.

The mason who strikes often is better than the one who strikes too hard.

It destroys the craft not to learn it.

The stars make no noise.

What is nearest the heart is nearest the mouth.

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

Poor is the church without music.

It’s no delay to stop to edge the tool.

A sly rogue is often in good dress.

You must empty a box before you fill it again.

Poor men take to the sea; the rich to the mountains.

The thief is no danger to the beggar.

The full man does not understand the wants of the hungry.

Some prefer carrot while others like cabbage.

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool.

A scholars ink lasts longer than a martyrs blood.

Poverty parts good company.

Put a beggar on horseback and he’ll gallop.

The longest road out is the shortest road home.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.

Do not mistake a goats beard for a fine stallions tail.

As the old cock crows the young cock learns.

Even a tin knocker will shine on a dirty door.

Any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind.

A blind man can see his mouth.

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

There is not a tree in heaven higher than the tree of patience.

What is in the marrow is hard to take out of the bone.

A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.

Nature will come through the claws, and the hound will follow the hare.

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

An old broom knows the dirty corners best.

Patience can conquer destiny.

A silent mouth is sweet to hear.

Praise the ripe field not the green corn.

Nodding the head does not row the boat.

Fear is a fine spur, so is rage.

There is no fool who has not his own kind of sense.

Better one good thing that is than two good things that were.

He who can follow his own will is a king.

Good luck beats early rising.

The herb that can’t be got is the one that heals.

The day of the storm is not the time for thatching.

The devil never grants long leases.

It is not easy to steal where the landlord is a thief.

There is pain in prohibition.

Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

It is no time to go for the doctor when the patient is dead.

All sins cast long shadows.

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

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