St. Patrick's Day 2023 Quotes by Famous Irish Writers, Politicians & Scholars

Some of the most famous quotes by famous Irish Writers, Politicians & Scholars. Ireland has been noted over the centuries for its brilliant writers & literary scholars. Enjoy their wit!
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.


I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

I can resist everything but temptation.

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don’t interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty.

Murder is always a mistake…One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.

I like Wagner’s music better than anybody’s. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says. 

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
 (A Woman of No Importance)

I never saw a man who looked
With such a wistful eye
Upon that little tent of blue
Which prisoners call the sky
 (A The Ballad of Reading Gaol)

The good end happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
 (The Importance of being Earnest)

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
 (The Importance of being Earnest)

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Man always wants to be a women’s first love.
Women have a more subtle instinct:
What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
Brendan Behan

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
Brendan Behan

I am a drinker with writing problems.
Brendan Behan

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
Brendan Behan

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
Brendan Behan

There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.
Brendan Behan

I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.Brendan Behan

I only drink on two occasions — when I’m thirsty and when I’m not
Brendan Behan

When I came back to Dublin I was court-martialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan

No strangers here, just friends you haven’t met!
Brendan Behan

“You get a decent do at the Brazen Head”
James Joyce

There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met.
William Butler Yeats

Education is not filling
William Butler Yeats
The intellect is forced to choose: Perfection of the life, or of the work.
William Butler Yeats

The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
William Butler Yeats

A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”
John F. Kennedy

I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo….
They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it.”
John B. Keane

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversations.
George Bernard Shaw

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.
George Bernard Shaw

A man who loses his money gains, at the least, experience, and sometimes, something better.
George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
George Bernard Shaw

A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.
George Bernard Shaw

When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Ireland.
J. P. Dunleavy

I’m troubled, I’m dissatisfied. I’m Irish!
Marianne Moore

No human being believes that any other human being has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. Robert Lynd

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.Samuel Butler

The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another.Samuel Johnson

Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
Robert Lynd

All I ever seemed to get was the kind of girl who had a special dispensation from Rome to wear the thickest part of her legs below the knee.
Hugh Leonard

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.
Katherine Tynan Hinkson

A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.
Sean O’Casey

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

One wonders in this place, why anyone is left in Dublin, or London, or Paris where it would be better, one would think to live in a tent or hut, with this magnificent sea and sky, and to breathe this wonderful air which is like wine in one’s teeth.
J. M. Synge

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
An old Irish proverb

May those who love us, love us.
For those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts.
And if God can’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping!
An old Irish proverb

Laughter is brightest where food is best.
An old Irish proverb

As they say in Ireland:…. “may you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead”.

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