Irish Proverbs: For Good Common Sense

ever bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

You may as well give cherries to a pig as advice to a fool.

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

It’s difficult to choose between two blind goats.

Melodious is the closed mouth.

Even a tin knocker will shine on a dirty door.

Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked.

It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

If you move old furniture it may fall to bits.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

The man with a cow doesn’t need a scythe.

Never sell a hen on a wet day.

Every finger has not the same length, nor every son the same disposition.

A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

What I am afraid to hear I’d better say first myself.

An oak is often split by a wedge from its own branch.

Never dread the winter till the snow is on the blanket.

There’s no point in keeping a dog if you are going to do your own barking.

The man who pays the piper calls the tune.

Blow not on dead embers.

Only a fool burns his coal without warming himself.

Stupidity is sending the goose on a mission to the fox’s den.

The friend that can be bought is not worth buying.

To Handle Misfortune
Better fifty enemies outside the house than one within.

You must take the little potato with the big potato.

There’s nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse.

If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.

Life is a strange lad.

God prefers prayers to tears.

If you dig a grave for others you may fall into it yourself.

Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.

However long the day, night must fall.

He who can follow his own will is a king.

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