A common Irish proverb reads "May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint." Another Irish saying on life and trouble reads "A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures."Continue Reading
The traditional Irish perspective on life is one of tragedy mixed with hopeful endurance. This becomes evident in Irish proverbs and the quotes of classic Irish authors. William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet, wrote on the Irish approach to life "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." Another example of this perspective can be found in the Irish proverb "May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up."
While the Irish outlook may seem bleak, it inspires a love of life and good times as expressed in the traditional toasts "Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one." Another reads "Here's to me, and here's to you. And here's to love and laughter. I'll be true as long as you. And not one moment after."Learn more about Cultures & Traditions