Saturday, March 16, 2013

10 Irish Proverbs for St. Patrick’s Day

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day I’ve compiled a list of 10 Irish proverbs from the thousands of quotations, poetry, prose, toasts, sayings, blessings and other expressions that originate from the literary prodigious Land of Saints and Scholars - Ireland.  I've matched up black and white Irish photographs from my Between Heaven and Earth gallery for your visual indulgence.

Nuair a fhásann a craobhóg deacair go bhfuil sé deacair a twist é. Bíonn gach tosú lag.
When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it.  Every beginning is weak.

The Dark Hedges, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dá fhaid é an lá tiocfaidh an tráthnóna.
No matter how long the day, the evening will come.

Meileann muilte Dé go mall ach meileann siad go mín.
The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

An rud is annamh is íontach.
What is seldom is wonderful.

Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir.
Time is a great storyteller.

Na daoine teacht agus dul, ach na cnoic fós.
The people come and go, but the hills remain.

Bíonn súil le muir ach ní bhíonn súil le tír.
There's hope from the ocean but none from the grave.

Uaireanta lá amháin athruithe gach rud; uaireanta rud ar bith athrú bliana.
Sometimes one day changes everything; sometimes years change nothing.

An rud a líonas an tsúil líonann sé an croí.
What fills the eye fills the heart.

Folaíonn grá gráin.
Love is blind.

Bonus Irish blessing:

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. 

Click for the full Ireland black and white photography gallery.


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