No wonder Guinness is currently attempting to get St Patrick’s Day officially recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ as ‘The Friendliest Day of the Year’ – I mean, does anyone know of another country’s national holiday that is so widely observed and celebrated around the world? It’s a rhetorical question, of course – we all know the answer is no. Each year on March 17th everyone becomes Irish – and we’re certainly joining in!

Here’s a selection of some brilliant Irish quotes and toasts that we’ve put together for you.
Let’s enjoy some Irish wit and wisdom!

Famous Irish quotes

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.”
Oscar Wilde (A Woman of No Importance)

I am a drinker with writing problems.”
Brendan Behan

There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
Brendan Behan

The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
William Butler Yeats

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversations.”
George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”
George Bernard Shaw

A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.”
George Bernard Shaw

The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another.
Samuel Johnson

Irish Toasts

Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can’t go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be towards us.
May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you on St Patrick’s Day.

Happy St. Patrick’s day, everyone! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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