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Irish Proverbs

Woods and Waterways

  • The people come and go, but the hills remain.
  • Never be the first in the bog or last in the wood.
  • There was never yet a wood but contained its own burning.
  • The greenest wood is fated to lose its bloom.
  • The wood will renew the foliage it sheds.
  • Every branch blossoms according to the root from which it sprung.
  • The shelter of the bush is not noticed until it is gone.
  • If there is a way into the woods there is always a way out it it.
  • Little by little the oak tree grows.
  • A wedge from itself splits the oak tree.
  • Bend with the tree that will bend with you.
  • Willows are weak, but they will bind other wood.
  • Shallow brooks are noisy.
  • The river is no wider from this side than the other.
  • You never know the want of water until the well has gone dry.
  • The deeper the well the sweeter the water.
  • It’s a pure spring that never runs dry.
  • Praise the sea but keep near land.
  • Don’t make bold with the sea.
  • There’s no forcing the sea.
  • Only those who were born to hang are not afraid of the water.


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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