What Are Some Funny Irish Quotes and Sayings?

Some funny Irish sayings not attributed to any author are “If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks," "God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world," and "God is good to the Irish, but no one else is; not even the Irish." A funny Irish quote from comedian Hal Roach is "You know it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer."

The Irish have a long tradition of self-deprecating humor. There are also a large number of Irish poets, authors and playwrights such as Oscar Wilde, Sean O'Casey and George Bernard Shaw, who have contributed wry and comical quotes to literature.

Funny Irish quotes fall into a number of categories. First is the stereotype of the Irish as heavy drinkers, as in this anonymous saying: "An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth."

Another area of Irish humor is the view that Ireland and its people are historically poor and downtrodden. As Iris Murdoch said, “I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.”

The Irish are also portrayed as being constantly ready for a fight, or as James Boswell put it: "The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch."