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Irish Proverbs


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Irish Proverbs

“Nil aon tintean mar do thintean fein.”
 There’s no fireside like your own fireside.

“Never bolt the door with a boiled carrot.”

“Man is incomplete until he marries. After that, he is finished.”

“What butter and whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.”

“Three things come without asking: fear, jealousy, and love.”

“It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.”

“Idleness is a fool’s desire.”

“Good luck beats early rising.”

“If a cat had a dowry, she would often be kissed.”

“To the raven her own chick is white.”

“Everyone praises his native land.”

“Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde”
 Beware of the anger of a patient man.

“A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing.”

“A heavy purse makes for a light heart.”

“Those who get the name of rising early may lie all day.

“A lie travels further than the truth.”

“Marriages are all happy. It’s having breakfast together that causes all the trouble. “

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”

“A scholars ink lasts longer than a martyrs blood.”

“If you want an audience, start a fight.”

“Don’t break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.”

“If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself.”

“What will come from the briar but the berry.”