17 Old Irish Proverbs Full Of Humour, Love And Wisdom

The Irish are rarely shy when it comes to speaking their minds.

Irish history and folklore are rich with proverbs and sayings of old, full of timeless wisdom that still has resonance and truth today.

These old Irish sayings give us an understanding of the way people think and what they value.


We compiled 17 of our favourite Irish Proverbs and sayings from great writers to ancient blessings.

1.  Joyful laughter and sound sleep will cure any illness.

2.  Dying is not so terrible. Not living is terrible.

3.  We never retreat. We just advance in different directions.

4. You can tell how much a man earns not by looking at his clothes, but by looking at the clothes of his wife.

5.  Three things you should never do: throw a stone in the water, give advice to an angry woman, or talk to a fool.

6.  Try to slip into heaven half an hour before the devil finds out you’ve died.

7.  Share your love with your wife, and your secrets with your mother.

8.  If you love her even when she’s dressed in rags, then your love will last until the end of your life.

9.  It’s better to be a coward for a minute than dead forever.

10.  Before you get married, open your eyes wide. After the wedding, close them.

12.  There are only three kinds of men who don’t understand women: the young, the old, and the middle-aged.

13.  It’s better to return from the middle of the river to where you started than to sink and drown.

14.  If cat waits to take the mouse from a mink for long enough, it’s got every chance of success.

15.  Love at first sight often occurs in the twilight.

16.  Never boast about the size of your wallet, the beauty of your wife, or the taste of your beer.

17.  When God created time, he created enough of it.

Which is your most inspiring Irish proverb listed above?

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