What does being Irish mean to you?
If you go around the world asking Irishmen and women this question, you are likely to get a different answer each time.
After all, everybody’s Irish identity is their own and people choose to express it and celebrate it in their own ways.
If you can’t clearly articulate and express what your Irish heritage means to you, then let some of the greatest minds that ever came out of the Emerald Isle do it for you.
Here are some of the funniest and impressive quotes on what it means being Irish.
Check Out These Quotes On Being Irish
1. “To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart.”
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and sociologist.
2.“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
― Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer.
3. “If there were only three Irishmen in the world you’d find two of them in a corner talking about the other.”
― María Brandán Aráoz, Argentinian author.
4. “We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas—stretched, primed, and ready for painting on. We love the “story” part of the word “history,” and we love it trimmed out with color and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence.”
― Frank Delaney, Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster.
5. “My people – before I was changed – they exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It’s a Claddagh ring. The hands represent friendship; the crown represents loyalty… and the heart… Well, you know… Wear it with the heart pointing towards you. It means you belong to somebody. Like this.”
― Joss Whedon, American screenwriter, film and television director, film, and television producer.
6. “For you can’t hear Irish tunes without knowing you’re Irish, and wanting to pound that fact into the floor.”
― Jennifer Armstrong, author of “Becoming Mary Mehan”
7. “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
― W.B. Yeats, Irish poet.