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Irish Doors by Pfeiffer.

Doors of Ireland by Pfeiffer. This image is available as a poster.

Irish Proverbs

The Luck of the Irish

  • When luck comes, it comes by the bucketful.
  • Good care takes the sting off bad luck.
  • Luck is a king and luck is a beggar.
  • Good luck comes in slender currents; misfortune comes in rolling torrents.
  • Let each person judge his own luck, good or bad.
  • Luck and laziness go hand in hand.
  • There is luck in leisure.
  • There’s neither success nor efficiency without authority and laws.
  • Better to be fortunate than rich.
  • Luck seldom lasts.
  • There is luck in sharing a thing.
  • Better to be lucky than wise.
  • It is the fool who has luck.
  • Bad luck never comes its lone.
  • Perseverance is the mother of good luck.
  • Fortune is a thing worth searching for.
  • A meeting in the sunlight is lucky, as is a burying in the rain.
  • Sometimes one day changes everything; sometimes years change nothing.
  • A lucky person needs only to be born.
  • A whistling woman and a crowing hen will bring no luck to the house they are in.
  • There is no luck except where there is discipline.
  • The lucky man waits for prosperity; the unfortunate man takes a leap in the dark.


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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