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Irish Proverbs
Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

Questioning is the door of knowledge.

The river is no wider from this side
than the other.

Seldom is the last of anything better
than the first.

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.

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

It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

Never sell a hen on a wet day.

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

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

The man who pays the piper
calls the tune.

A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

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

Only a fool burns his coal
without warming himself.

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

Every man’s mind is his kingdom.

There are two things that cannot be
cured: death and the want of sense.

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

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

Every branch blossoms according to the
root from which it sprung.

The friend that can be bought
is not worth buying.

Blow not on dead embers.

They are scarce of news that speak
ill of their mother.

Dead men tell no tales but there’s many a
thing learned in the wake-house.

He who can follow his own will is a king.

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

Better fifty enemies outside the house
than one within.


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

It’s a dirty bird that won’t keep
its own nest clean.

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.

Lose an hour in the morning
and you’ll be looking for it all day.

Praise the ripe filed not the green corn.

Young people don’t know what old age is,
and old people forget what youth was.

The schoolhouse bell sounds
bitter in youth and sweet in old age.

Leave the old dog for the hard road
and leave the pup on the path.

It’s easy to halve the potato
where there’s love.

Beauty won’t make the kettle boil.

Honey is sweet,
but don’t lick it off a briar.

Don’t show your skin to a person who
won’t cover it.

Better good manners than good looks.

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

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


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

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

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

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

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.

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

You’ll never plough a field
by turning it over in your mind.

You won’t learn to swim
on the kitchen floor.

Slow is every foot on an unknown path.


There are fish in the sea better than have
ever been caught.

Don’t make little of your dish for it may
be an ignorant fellow who judges it.

If your messenger is slow,
go to meet him.

Many a sudden change takes place
on an unlikely day.

Enough and no waste is as good
as a feast.

A cat can look at a king.

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

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

Melodious is the closed mouth.

Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

You never miss the water
till the well runs dry.

Everyone feels his own wound first.


Pity him who makes an opinion
a certainty.

No two people ever lit a fire without
disagreeing.

Seeing is believing,
but feeling is the God’s own truth.

It is the quiet pig that eats the meal.

A glowing gríosach (ember)
is easily rekindled.

The person bringing good news
knocks boldly on the door.

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.

However long the day,
night must fall.

You must take the little potato
with the big potato.

As the old cock crows,
the young cock learns.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.

Irish Proverbs
Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

Questioning is the door of knowledge.

The river is no wider from this side
than the other.

Seldom is the last of anything better
than the first.

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.

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

It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

Never sell a hen on a wet day.

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

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

The man who pays the piper
calls the tune.

A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

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

Only a fool burns his coal
without warming himself.

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

Every man’s mind is his kingdom.

There are two things that cannot be
cured: death and the want of sense.

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

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

Every branch blossoms according to the
root from which it sprung.

The friend that can be bought
is not worth buying.

Blow not on dead embers.

They are scarce of news that speak
ill of their mother.

Dead men tell no tales but there’s many a
thing learned in the wake-house.

He who can follow his own will is a king.

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

Better fifty enemies outside the house
than one within.


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

It’s a dirty bird that won’t keep
its own nest clean.

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.

Lose an hour in the morning
and you’ll be looking for it all day.

Praise the ripe filed not the green corn.

Young people don’t know what old age is,
and old people forget what youth was.

The schoolhouse bell sounds
bitter in youth and sweet in old age.

Leave the old dog for the hard road
and leave the pup on the path.

It’s easy to halve the potato
where there’s love.

Beauty won’t make the kettle boil.

Honey is sweet,
but don’t lick it off a briar.

Don’t show your skin to a person who
won’t cover it.

Better good manners than good looks.

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

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


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

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

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

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

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.

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

You’ll never plough a field
by turning it over in your mind.

You won’t learn to swim
on the kitchen floor.

Slow is every foot on an unknown path.


There are fish in the sea better than have
ever been caught.

Don’t make little of your dish for it may
be an ignorant fellow who judges it.

If your messenger is slow,
go to meet him.

Many a sudden change takes place
on an unlikely day.

Enough and no waste is as good
as a feast.

A cat can look at a king.

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

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

Melodious is the closed mouth.

Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

You never miss the water
till the well runs dry.

Everyone feels his own wound first.


Pity him who makes an opinion
a certainty.

No two people ever lit a fire without
disagreeing.

Seeing is believing,
but feeling is the God’s own truth.

It is the quiet pig that eats the meal.

A glowing gríosach (ember)
is easily rekindled.

The person bringing good news
knocks boldly on the door.

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.

However long the day,
night must fall.

You must take the little potato
with the big potato.

As the old cock crows,
the young cock learns.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.