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03/17/2010

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Some Astute Irish Literature

Filed under: Irish sayings,Irish wit,Saint Patrick's Day — gator1965 @ 6:57 pm

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all who visit my humble blog today! And for those who do, I offer some Irish wit and wisdom:

In dreams begins responsibility.
– William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet

If the whole human race lay in one grave, the
epitaph on its headstone might well be: `It seemed
a good idea at the time.’
– Dame Rebecca West (1892-1983)
Irish-born author and journalist

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how
tall your grandfather was.
– Irish Proverb

Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? You
don’t want to press your luck.
– Daryl Stout

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
– Irish Blessing

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
– Irish Blessing

You never miss the water till the well has run dry.
– Irish Proverb

Half a loaf of bread is better than no bread at all.
– Irish Proverb

Remember even if you loose all, keep your good name; for if you loose that you are worthless.
– Irish Proverb

GOD KEEP MY JEWEL THIS DAY FROM DANGER
From tinker and pooka and black-hearted stranger
From harm of the water and hurt of the fire
From the horns of the cows going home to the byre
From teasing the ass when he’s tied to the manger
From stones that would bruise and from thorns of the briar
From evil red berries that waken desire
From hunting the gander and vexing the goat
From depths o’ seawater by Danny’s old boat
From cut and from tumble — from sickness and weeping
MAY GOD have my jewel this day in his keeping.

THE FIDDLER OF DOONEY by W.B. Yeats

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney,
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Moharubuiee.

I passed my brother and cousin,
They read in their books of prayer;
I read in my book of songs
I bought at the Sligo fair.

When we come at the end of time,
To Peter sitting in state,
He will smile on the three old spirits,
But call me first through the gate.

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle
And the merry love to dance;

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With “Here is the fiddler of Dooney!”
And dance like a wave of the sea.”
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold
onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off
the earth.
– Irish Saying

Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to
find another Irishman to make a speech to.
– Shane Leslie

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
and, Until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
– An Irish Blessing

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full
moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all
the way to your door.
– An Irish blessing

Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul’s yearnings,
and dancing that understands a happy heart.
– Margaret Jackson

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures
in the doctor’s book
– Irish proverb
In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced
to talk to God.
– Stephen
Braveheart

The most beautiful music of all is the music of
what happens.
– Irish proverb

When I realized what I had turned out to be was a
lousy, two-bit pool hustler and a drunk, I wasn’t
depressed at all. I was glad to have a profession.
– Danny McGoorty
Irish Pool Player

I have never liked working. To me a job is an
invasion of privacy
– Danny McGoorty
Irish Pool Player

One of the worst things that can happen in life is
to win a bet on a horse at an early age.
– Danny McGoorty
Irish Pool Player

To please himself only the cat purrs.
– Irish Proverb

May those who love us love us
And those who don’t love us
May God turn their hearts,
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.
– Irish Prayer

Irish Drinking Quotes

Saint Patrick was a gentleman…Who through
strategy and stealth…Drove all the snakes from
Ireland…Here’s a drinkee to his health! But not
too many drinkees…Lest we lose ourselves and
then…Forget the good Saint Patrick…And see
them snakes again!
– Unknown

The Irish ignore anything they can’t drink or punch.
– Irish Proverb

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor.
It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.
– Irish Proverb

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups:
alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
– Alex Levine

Work is the curse of the drinking class.
– Oscar Wilde

An Irishman is never drunk as long as
He can hold onto one blade of grass and not
Fall off the face of the earth.
– Old Irish toast

Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking.
If you cheat, cheat death.
If you steal, steal a woman’s heart.
If you fight, fight for a brother.
If you drink, drink with me!!
– Irish toast

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