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Irish Proverbs

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool. 

You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind. 

A windy day is not the day for thatching. 

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

A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood. 

A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. 

What butter and whiskey will not cure there's no cure for. 

The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried. 

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune. 

There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down. 

Do not mistake a goat's beard for a fine stallion's tail. 

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. 

If you lie down with dogs you'll rise with fleas. 

A wild goose never reared a tame gosling. 

Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor. 

As the old cock crows the young cock learns. 

Many an Irish property was increased by the lace of a daughter's petticoat. 

The best way to keep loyalty in a man's 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. 

It's 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 chick is white. 

When the sky falls we'll catch larks. 

A pair of good soles it's better than two pairs of good uppers. 

It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking. 

It's difficult to choose between two blind goats. 

A silent mouth is sweet to hear. 

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse. 

There'll 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. 

Men are like bagpipes: no sound comes from them until they're full. 

You must crack the nuts before you can eat the kernel. 

He got it from nature as the pig got the rooting in the ground. 

What would a young cat do but eat mice? 

If you put a silk dress on a goat, he is still a goat. 

What is in the marrow is hard to take out of the bone. 

What will come from the briar but the berry? 

You never miss the water till the well has run dry. 

By degrees the castles are built. 

When the apple is ripe, it will fall. 

Patience cures many an old complaint. 

The one who waits the fine day, will get the fine day. 

Time and Patience would bring the snail to Jerusalem. 

Everyone praises his native land. 

The world's quiet and the pig is in the sty. 

Least said soonest mended. 

No matter who succeeds or fails, the peacemaker will always suffer. 

The end of a feast is better than the beginning of a fight. 

Don't tell your complaint to one who has no pity. 

Better own a trifle than want a great deal. 

A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught. 

Half a loaf is better than no bread. 

A live dog is better than a dead lion. 

A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea. 

The full man does not understand the wants of the hungry. 

The thief is no danger to the beggar. 

No one is ever poor who has the sight of his eyes and the use of his feet. 

No forcing the sea. 

Don't bless the fish till it gets to the land. 

Praise the ripe field not the green corn. 

Praise the ford when you have crossed it. 

A promise is a debt. 

If you meet a red-haired woman, you'll meet a crowd. 

To be red-haired is better than to be without a head. 

The horse with the most scars is the one that highest kicks his rear. 

When the fruit is scarcest, its taste is sweetest. 

A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring. 

It is no secret that is known to three. 

A wedge from itself splits the oak tree. 

A man has often cut a rod to beat himself. 

A closed mouth--a wise head. 

Don't put the fox to mind the geese. 

You didn't turn up when sense was being distributed. 

One man's meat is another man's poison. 

Whoever the cap fits takes it. 

The eye should be blind in the home of another. 

It's often a man's mouth broke his nose. 

Don't say everything you want to say lest you hear something you would not like to hear. 

Don't let your tongue cut your throat. 

Time is a good story-teller. 

There are two tellings to every story. 

Tell the truth and shame the devil. 

'Tis afterwards that everything is understood. 

He knows how many grains to a bushel of wheat. 

Willful waste makes woeful want. 

A hut is a palace to a poor man. 

Making the beginning is one third of the work. 

Speed and accuracy do not agree. 

Long churning makes bad butter. 

A lock is better than suspicion. 

A silent mouth is melodious. 

A trade not properly learned is an enemy. 

Age is honorable and youth is noble. 

As the big hound is, so will the pup be. 

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die. 

Even a small thorn causes festering. 

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst. 

He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you. 

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday. 

If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn. 

If you want to be criticized, marry. 

Instinct is stronger than upbringing. 

It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself. 

It is a long road that has no turning. 

It is better to exist unknown to the law. 

It is not a secret if it is known by three people. 

It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for. 

It is the good horse that draws its own cart. 

It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal. 

It takes time to build castles. Rome was not built in day. 

It's not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while. 

Lack of resource has hanged many a person. 

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout. 

May you have a bright future - as the chimney sweep said to his son. 

Mere words do not feed the friars. 

Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat. 

Necessity is the mother of invention. 

Necessity knows no law. 

Need teaches a plan. 

Patience is poultice for all wounds. 

People live in each other's shelter. 

Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat. 

Quiet people are well able to look after themselves. 

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail. 

The hole is more honorable than the patch. 

The light heart lives long. 

The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot. 

The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely. 

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse. 

The smallest thing outlives the human being. 

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches. 

The well fed does not understand the lean. 

The work praises the man. 

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey.

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave. 

There is no fireside like your own fireside.

There is no luck except where there is discipline. 

There is no need like the lack of a friend. 

There is no strength without unity. 

Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness. 

Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst. 

Time is a great story teller. 

Two shorten the road. 

Two thirds of the work is the semblance. 

Walk straight, my son - as the old crab said to the young crab. 

When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. 

Every beginning is weak. 

When fire is applied to a stone it cracks. 

When the apple is ripe it will fall. 

When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside. 

When the liquor was gone the fun was gone. 

Wine divulges truth. 

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. 

You must live with a person to know a person. 
If you want to know me come and live with me. 

Youth does not mind where it sets its foot. 

Youth sheds many a skin. The steed (horse) does not retain its speed forever. 

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. 

Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it!

I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

Firelight will not let you read fine stories but its warm and you won't see the dust on the floor.

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.

The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse. 

Humor 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 daughter's petticoat.

There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down. 

A wild goose never reared a tame gosling.

A boys best friend is his mother and there's no spancel stronger than her apron string. 

If you lie down with dogs you'll rise with fleas. 

An old broom knows the dirty corners best !

To the raven her own chick is white.

It s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

There'll be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot!

When the apple is ripe, it will fall.

Patience cures many an old complaint.

The one who waits the fine day, will get the fine day..

Patience and forbearance make a bishop of his reverence.

Patience can conquer destiny.

Patience is a plaster for all sores.

For what cannot be cured, patience is best.

There is not a tree in heaven higher than the tree of patience.

Patience is a virtue that causes no shame.

Time and Patience would bring the snail to Jerusalem.

A drink precedes a story. 

A friend's eye is a good mirror. 

A hen is heavy when carried far. 

A hound's food is in its legs. 

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