15 Gems of Irish Wisdom for Saint Patrick’s Day.

Via Victoria Fedden
on Mar 16, 2014
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I’ve always loved Irish proverbs.

Dredged from a well of hard-earned wisdom, these aphorisms, be they quotes from Ireland’s great literary and lyrical traditions or anonymous folk sayings, always reflect a culture of wit, generosity, spirit and optimism.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.”

“If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best take it out and teach it to dance.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw.

“Cram as much pleasure into life, and rail against the pain you have to suffer as a result. Or scream and rant with the pain, and wait for it to be taken away with beautiful pleasure.” ~ Shane McGowan.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats.

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith.

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”

“Beware of people who dislike cats.”

“Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar and often convincing.” ~ Oscar Wilde.

“So hope for a great sea-change
on the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
and cures and healing wells.”

~Seamus Heaney

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” ~ James Joyce.

“Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.” ~ Paul Muldoon.

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” ~ Bono.

“Do it as if there was fire in your skin.”

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”

Wishing you warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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About Victoria Fedden

Victoria Fedden received her MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her blog was voted 2011’s Best Humor Blog by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and her personal essays have been anthologized in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and My Other Ex. She also regularly contributes to elephant journal, Scary Mommy, Babble, and Your Tango, among many other blogs and websites. Her memoir THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE will be published by Picador USA in June 2016. She lives with her family in Fort Lauderdale and online at her website. Please visit her Facebook page for updates and inspiration.


3 Responses to “15 Gems of Irish Wisdom for Saint Patrick’s Day.”

  1. sofiajade says:

    These are great, my favorite is “Do it as if there was fire in your skin", haha so Irish!

  2. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Thanks for giving a bit of meaning to the day–other than just to drink!

  3. Sue says:

    Go n'eiri an bothar leat. May the road rise to meet you.