Irish Proverbs

 

GOD'S HELP IS NEARER
 THAN THE DOOR
THERE'S NO HEARTH
 LIKE YOUR OWN HEARTH
YOU CAN'T TAKE BLOOD
 FROM A STONE
YOU'LL NOT FIND A THRUSH
 IN A HAWK'S NEST
IT'S A LONG ROAD
 THAT HASN'T A TURNING
THE HARD GATHERING 
GETS THE WIDE SCATTERING
WHATíS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE
 IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER
THE OLDER THE FIDDLE
 THE SWEETER THE TUNE

ITíS NO USE BOILING
 YOUR CABBAGE TWICE

MAY LOVE AND LAUGHTER  LIGHT YOUR DAYS
AND WARM YOUR HEART AND HOME
MAY GOOD AND FAITHFUL FRIENDS
BE YOURS WHEREVER YOU MAY ROAM

MAY PEACE AND PLENTY  BLESS
YOUR WORLD WITH JOY AND LONG ENDURES

MAY ALL LIFE'S PASSING SEASONS
BRING THE BEST TO YOU AND YOURS
THERE'S 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
YOUíLL RISE WITH FLEAS
A WILD GOOSE NEVER REARED
 A TAME GOSLING
A BOYS BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER
AND THERE'S 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 ITíS WARM AND YOU
WONíT 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
MANíS 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

ITíS FOR HER OWN GOOD
 THAT THE CAT PURRS
EVEN A TIN KNOCKER
WILL SHINE ON A DIRTY 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
 WEíLL 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
ITíS NO USE CARRYING AN UMBRELLA 
IF YOUR SHOES ARE LEAKING
ITíS DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE
BETWEEN TWO BLIND GOATS
A SILENT MOUTH IS SWEET TO HEAR
ITíS AS HARD TO SEE A WOMAN CRYING
AS IT IS TO SEE A BAREFOOTED DUCK
HEíD OFFER YOU AN EGG IF YOU
PROMISED NOT TO BREAK THE SHELL

ITíS A BAD HEN THAT WONíT 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 DIDNíT 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
THEREíLL 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 THEYíRE FULL
SNUFF AT A WAKE IS FINE IF THEREíS
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
SOFT WORDS BUTTER NO PARSNIPS BUT THEY
WONíT HARDEN THE HEART OF THE CABBAGE EITHER
YOUíLL 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 ITíS A CAT
A WINDY DAY IS NOT THE DAY
 FOR THATCHING
THE OLD PIPE GIVES
 THE SWEETEST SMOKE
MARRIAGES ARE ALL HAPPY .
ITíS 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
THEREíS NO CURE FOR
THE IRISH FORGIVE THEIR GREAT MEN
WHEN THEY ARE SAFELY BURIED
THE LONGEST ROAD OUT
 IS THE SHORTEST ROAD HOME
 

Green Groves of Erin



                             

                  


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