Irish Proverbs: To Live Respectably

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.

Better to be a man of character than a man of means.

Better good manners than good looks.

Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.

It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous.

If you don’t want flour on your clothes, stay out of the mill.

A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour.

Promise is in honour’s debt.

If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next.

Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.

Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame.

For Proper Money Managing
A cat can look at a king.

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

It is not the same to go to the king’s house as to come from it.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Better be sparing at first than at last.

He who has water and peat on his own farm has the world his own way.

Enough and no waste is as good as a feast.

If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.

The life of an old hat is to cock it.

There never came a gatherer but a scatterer came after him.

Hunger is a good sauce.

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