Quotes for Saint Patrick’s Day from the Irish

Quotes, songs, poetry and sayings about and by the Irish for your Saint Patrick’s Day reading enjoyment:

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
Adrienne Cook

“When Irish eyes are smiling, sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.”
Chauncey Olcott and George Graff

“In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.”

“Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see those snakes again!”
Author Unknown

“I believe in the sun when it’s not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when He is silent”
Irish Saying

“We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”
Marianne Williamson

“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.”

Traditional Irish Toast
“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”
Irish Saying

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

“When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow,
And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show,
Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen,
But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”
Traditional Song

“Ireland’s ruins are historic emotions surrendered to time.”
Horace Sutton

“There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”
Traditional Saying

“The Irish: be they kings, or poets, or farmers, they’re a people of great worth.
They keep company with the angels, and bring a bit of heaven here to earth.”

“The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven’t seen the joke yet.”
Oliver Herford

“In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.”
Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

“For 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

“Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen.”
W. H. Auden

On she went, and her maiden smile,
In safety lighted her round the Green Isle;
And blest forever was she who relied
Upon Erin’s honor and Erin’s pride.
Thomas Moore

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
William Butler Yeats

“Maybe it’s bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us.”
Nancy O’Keefe

What’s the use of being Irish if the world doesn’t break your heart?”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”
Traditional Saying

St. Patrick’s Day Gnome Illustration by Kathryn Darden



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