Old Irish Proverbs

One cannot take out of a sack more than the full of it.
The early riser gets through his business.
Youth does not mind where it sets foot.
It is a lonely washing line that has no man’s shirt on it.
It is not a secret if it is known to three people.
The windy day’s not the day for thatching.
Better to be alone than to be in bad company.
Say little but say it well.
A soft answer turns away anger.
Seldom does the fight go on when the chief has fallen.
Age is honourable and youth is noble.
It is the quiet pig that eats the meal.
When the drop is inside, the sense is outside.
Seldom does the fight go on when the chief has fallen.
Age is honourable and youth is noble.
It is the quiet pig that eats the meal.
When the drop is inside, the sense is outside.
When death comes it will not go away empty.
A skill not learned is an enemy.
One does not tire of a profitable occupation.
Everyone places a burden on the willing horse.
There’s no bone in the tongue, but it often broke a man’s head.
The wine is sweet, but the paying bitter.
Work without end is housewife’s work.
There are two sides to every story and a hundred versions of every song.
Time and tide wait for no man.
It takes time to build castles.
Youth will have its fling.
A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
Praise the young and they will flourish.
You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
It’s better to exist unknown to the law.
Live in my heart and pay no rent.
If you do not sow in spring, you will not reap in autumn.
The steed does not retain its speed forever.
It is a long road that has no turning.
Like father, like son.
Black cat, black kitten.
Better sure than sorry.
A drink precedes a story.
Every dog is brave on his own doorstep.
Keep hold of the bone and the dog will follow.
What fills the eye fills the heart.
Often have the likely failed and the unlikely prospered.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.
There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.
Don’t fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas
Don’t mistake a goat’s beard for a fine stallion’s tail
It’s difficult to choose between two blind goats
Put silk on a goat and he’s still a goat.
A wild goose never reared a tame gosling
Drink is the curse of man, it makes him fight with his neighbour, It makes him shoot at his landlord …and it makes him miss!
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind ass
Be good to the child and he will look after you tomorrow.
The light heart lives longer.
Beauty will not make the pot boil.
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Every man is bold until he faces a crowd.
Do not show your teeth until you can bite.
Men may meet, but mountains never greet.
A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe
Every patient is a doctor …after the cure
.Neither give cherries to pigs, nor advice to a fool
You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your head
There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught
Don’t buy a rabbit without a head for fear it may be a ca
The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune
A scholar’s ink lasts longer than a martyr’s blood
A turkey never voted for an early Christmas
A growing moon and a flowing tide
are lucky times to get married.
He who gets a name for rising early
can stay in bed ’til noon.
Choose your company before you sit down.
The wearer knows best where the shoe hurts.
When your hand is in the dog’s mouth, withdraw it gently.
The work praises the man.
When the goat goes into the church, he doesn’t stop until he’s on the altar
Sense doesn’t come before age
The man of courage never lost it yet.
There’s no fireside like your own fireside
Two shorten the road
Things aren’t always how they seem.
The whole world couldn’t make
a racehorse out of a donkey.
The neighbours’ porridge always tastes sweeter.
A person’s mouth often broke his nose.
The help of God is closer than the door.
Better an argument than loneliness.
Give a rogue enough rope, and he’ll hang himself
One mirror tells more than a gallery of ancestral portraits
A wise man knows everything, a smart man knows everyone
For every ould slipper there’s a sock to match it
As the old cock crows, the young cock learns
Many’s the property was increased by the lace of a daughter’s petticoat
The narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in the one swig
A trout in the pan is better than a salmon in the sea
An old broom knows the dirty corners best
A new broom sweeps clean
One beetle recognises another
Any man can lose his hat in a fairy wind