Irish Proverbs

Better good manners than good looks.

Promise is in honour’s debt.

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

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.

It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous. ...... However long the day, night must fall.

Better to be a man of character than a man of means. ...... Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.

A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour. ...... Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

Slow is every foot on an unknown path. ...... If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.


  1. How would you explain what the third one implies? And #4 is so true.

    1. Maybe it is the difference between forgetting and forgiving?

  2. It's too bad manners seems to matter little for most these days. Simply stand behind someone at Starbucks or any fast food line and you will hear people rarely, if ever, say thank you and/or please. Rather, it's "yeah, GIVE ME a big mac and coke, and how about some fries too." or something ike that. Or worse yet, "I WANT..." Seriously, you'd be surprised just how rude peeps have become even parents of young ones who at the table will tell their kids to say please and than you but rarely will actually model it in public.

    Everyone woudl do well to ask themselves if they always say please and thank you. I know I do and as such take note and treat you all the better. People behind the counter deserve to be treated as indeed people, not your lacky slave or servant or what have you.


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