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Irish Proverbs

Irish Proverbs

The Irish are a thoughtful People, as these proverbs will attest:


A drink precedes a story.



A friend's eye is a good mirror



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 want to be criticized, marry.



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



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



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



Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.



The hole is more honorable than the patch.



The light heart lives long.



The work praises the man.



There is no need like the lack of a friend.



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



Two shorten the road.



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



An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.



A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book



The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens.



To please himself only the cat purrs.


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