20 of the Most Popular St. Patrick’s Day Quotes and SayingsPosted March 1, 2013 | Promotions by Theme or Event
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The Irish have a way with words. How else can one explain the massive amount of fantastic literature turned out by Irish writers over the years? From Jonathan Swift, the satirical author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” to William Butler Yeats, who single-handedly reinvented poetry. And of course there’s James Joyce, who may just be the greatest Western writer since William Shakespeare, not to mention Elizabeth Bowen, Seamus Heaney, John Banville and Roddy Doyle! These men and women have proved that the little Emerald Isle has a whole lot to say, and there’s no better way to say it than in a strong brogue.
So in honor of St. Patrick’s day, enjoy these 20 of the best Irish sayings, quotes and wit we could find. Some are poignant, others are laugh-out-loud funny, many are warm and all are inherently Irish, down to their green roots. Use them for your many toasts, or have them printed on promotional products or personalized gifts. Inkhead has got a whole range of great St. Patrick’s Day products, from custom beer mugs to promotional green shirts!
20 of the Best St. Patrick’s Day Sayings
- “Erin Go Bragh” – traditional saying in old Irish, meaning “Ireland Forever”
- “There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.” – Traditional
- “If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!” – Traditional
- “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” – William Butler Yeats, poet
- “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, / For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.” – G.K. Chesterton, novelist
- “Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.” – Dave Barry, humorist
- “God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.” – Unknown
- “Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.” – Traditional
- “Ireland was a place for the renewal of hope and I still see it like that.” – Daniel Day-Lewis, actor
- “Guinness is good for you.” – Guinness Brewery’s ad campaign, circa 1920s
- “Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.” -W.H. Auden, poet, speaking of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats
- “Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.” – Pádraig Pearse, poet
- “A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” – Unknown
- “When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.” – James Joyce
- “May your glass be ever full. / May the roof over your head be always strong. / And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” – Traditional
- “For an Irishman, talking is a dance.” – Deborah Love, poet
- “Moderation, we find, is an extremely difficult thing to get in this country.” – Flann O’Brien, novelist
- “May your blessings outnumber / The shamrocks that grow, / And may trouble avoid you / Wherever you go.” – Traditional
- “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.” – Pope John Paul II
- “May the roof above us never fall in. / And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.” – Traditional
What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day saying?
Enjoy this collection of Irish blessings, witticisms and observations? Perhaps you’ve got a few of your own to share with us. Let Inkhead know what great Irish toasts you’d love to have printed on a custom pint glass!