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Irish Quotes Worth Repeating

Guest Author - Tony King

(Editors Note): I've been asked to supply some old Irish Quotes. These are both serious and humorous. Use them wisely!!


Ah, Ireland...That damnable, delightful country, where everything that is right is the opposite of what it ought to be
Benjamin Disraeli


I knew, by the smoke that so gracefully curl’d
Above the green elms, that a cottage was near;
And I said, “If there ’s peace to be found in the world,
A heart that was humble might hope for it here.”
Ballad Stanzas by Thomas Moore


No Irish need apply!
The man that wrote it, wrote it well
The same was writ on the gates of hell
No Irish need apply!
During the time of the Penal Laws, the town of Bandon in Co. Cork had a sign which said: Enter here, Turk, Jew or atheist, any man except a Papist.
Underneath those lines, some Irishman, fighting back with the only two things left that could not be stripped from him - his wit and his dignity - wrote: "The man who wrote this wrote it well, for the same is writ on the gates of Hell."


Hills as green as emeralds, cover the countryside,
Lakes as blue as sapphires are Ireland's special pride,
And rivers that shine like silver make Ireland look so fair,
But the friendliness of her people is the richest treasure there.
Contributed by Bea Sager


This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)


When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.
Edna O'Brien

"My Ulster blood is my most priceless heritage."
James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States

Some Irish Blessings

May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent!

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Some Irish Curses

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope.

Some More Irish Quotes

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

Here's to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!
(Editor’s Note: I heard this one many times growing up)

When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!
(Editor’s Note: I give no guarantees that this particular plan will be successful in gaining
you access through the Pearly Gates!!!!!LOL)
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