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Irish Proverbs

Highways and Byways

  • The road to Heaven is well signposted, but it is badly lit at night.
  • On an unknown path, every foot is slow.
  • If you don’t know the way, walk slowly.
  • The longest road out is the shortest road home.
  • However long the road there comes a turning.
  • The longest road has an end and the straightest road has an end.
  • Be the road straight or crooked, the high road is the shortest.
  • Don’t desert the highway for the shortcut.
  • Never cross the fields while you have the road to go.
  • Two shortens the road.
  • Half a leap falls into the ditch.
  • May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door. (Blessing)


Irish Proverbs

Many fine collections of Irish proverbs have been published over the years. An assortment of some of our favorites are available as new or used copies. Your purchase will help support the non-profit activitites of Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads.

Online collection copyright © 1995, 2007-2012. Compiled by Joanne Asala, author of Celtic Folklore Cooking. You are free to use these proverbs on your own site as long as you credit Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads as the source and provide a link to our Web site:

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