Irish Sayings and Proverbs

 

WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER

THE OLDER THE FIDDLE THE SWEETER THE TUNE

IT’S NO USE BOILING YOUR CABBAGE TWICE

THERES NO NEED TO FEAR THE WIND IF YOUR HAYSTACKS ARE TIED DOWN

DO NOT MISTAKE A GOATS BEARD FOR A FINE STALLIONS TAIL

DRINK IS THE CURSE OF THE LAND.
IT MAKES YOU FIGHT WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR.
IT MAKES YOU SHOOT AT YOUR LANDLORD
AND IT MAKES YOU MISS HIM.

IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS YOU’LL RISE WITH FLEAS

A WILD GOOSE NEVER REARED A TAME GOSLING

A BOYS BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER AND THERES NO SPANCEL STRONGER THAT HER APRON STRING

THERE NEVER WAS AN OLD SLIPPER BUT THERE WAS AN OLD STOCKING TO MATCH IT

FIRELIGHT WILL NOT LET YOU READ FINE STORIES BUT IT’S WARM AND YOU WON’T SEE THE DUST ON THE FLOOR

AS THE OLD COCK CROWS THE YOUNG COCK LEARNS

HUMOUR TO A MAN IS LIKE A FEATHER PILLOW . IT IS FILLED WITH WHAT IS EASY TO GET BUT GIVES GREAT COMFORT

MANY AN IRISH PROPERTY WAS INCREASED BY THE LACE OF A DAUGHTERS PETTICOAT

THE BEST WAY TO KEEP LOYALTY IN A MAN’S HEART IS TO KEEP MONEY IN HIS PURSE

A NARROW NECK KEEPS THE BOTTLE FROM BEING EMPTIED IN ONE SWIG

A TROUT IN THE POT IS BETTER THAN A SALMON IN THE SEA

IF THE KNITTER IS WEARY THE BABY WILL HAVE NO NEW BONNET

IT’S FOR HER OWN GOOD THAT THE CAT PURRS

EVEN A TIN KNOCKER WILL SHINE ON A DRITY DOOR

AN OLD BROOM KNOWS THE DIRTY CORNERS BEST

ONE BEETLE RECOGNIZES ANOTHER

TO THE RAVEN HER OWN CLUCK IS WHITE

WHEN THE SKY FALLS WE’LL ALL CATCH LARKS

ANY MAN CAN LOSE HIS HAT IN A FAIRY-WIND

IF YOU HAVE ONE PAIR OF GOOD SOLES ITS BETTER THAN TWO PAIRS OF GOOD UPPERS

IT’S NO USE CARRING AN UMBRELLA IF YOUR SHOES ARE LEAKING

IT’S DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO BLIND GOATS

A SILENT MOUTH IS SWEET TO HEAR

IT’S AS HARD TO SEE A WOMAN CRYING AS IT IS TO SEE A BAREFOOTED DUCK

HE’D OFFER YOU AN EGG IF YOU PROMISED NOT TO BREAK THE SHELL

IT’S A BAD HEN THAT WON’T SCRATCH HERSELF

NO MATTER HOW OFTEN A PITCHER GOES TO THE WATER IT IS BROKEN IN THE END

THERE WAS NEVER A SCABBY SHEEP IN A FLOCK THAT DIDN’T LIKE TO HAVE A COMRADE

A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK TO A BLIND HORSE

THE FOX NEVER FOUND A BETTER MESSENGER THAN HIMSELF

THERE’LL BE WHITE BLACKBIRDS BEFORE AN UNWILLING WOMAN TIES THE KNOT

SHOW THE FATTED CALF BUT NOT THE THING THAT FATTENED HIM

A BUCKLE IS A GREAT ADDITION TO AN OLD SHOE

IN WINTER THE MILK GOES TO THE COWS HORNS

MEN ARE LIKE BAGPIPES NO SOUND COMES FROM THEM TILL THEY’RE FULL

SNUFF AT A WAKE IS FINE IF THERE’S NOBODY SNEEZING OVER THE SNUFF BOX

YOU MUST CRACK THE NUTS BEFORE YOU CAN EAT THE KERNEL

EVERY PATIENT IS A DOCTOR AFTER HIS CURE

NEITHER GIVE CHERRIES TO PIGS NOR ADVICE TO A FOOL

SOFTWORDS BUTTER NO PARSNIPS BUT THEY WON’T HARDEN THE HEART OF THE CABBAGE EITHER

YOU’LL NEVER PLOUGH A FIELD BY TURNING IT OVER IN YOUR MIND

THERE ARE FINER FISH IN THE SEA THAN HAVE EVER BEEN CAUGHT

A TYRONE WOMAN WILL NEVER BUY A RABBIT WITHOUT A HEAD FOR FEAR IT’S A CAT

A WINDY DAY IS NOT THE DAY FOR THATCHING

THE OLD PIPE GIVES THE SWEETEST SMOKE

MARRIAGES ARE ALL HAPPY . IT’S HAVING BREAKFAST TOGETHER THAT CAUSES ALL THE TROUBLE
A SCHOLARS INK LASTS LONGER THAN A MARTYRS BLOOD

TAKE GIFTS WITH A SIGH , MOST MEN GIVE TO BE PAID

A TURKEY NEVER VOTED FOR AN EARLY CHRISTMAS

WHAT BUTTER AND WHISKEY WILL NOT CURE THERE’S NO CURE FOR

THE IRISH FORGIVE THEIR GREAT MEN WHEN THEY ARE SAFELY BURIED

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