It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.
You've heard of St. Denis of France,
He never had much for to brag on.
You've heard of St. George and his lance,
Who killed old heathenish dragon.
The Saints of the Welshmen and Scot
Are a couple of pitiful pipers,
And might just as well go to pot
When compared to the patron of vipers:
St. Patrick of Ireland, my dear.
The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding.
Notes: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, 1891
Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it's called golf.
|There's one thing about a late marriage - it doesn't last long.
Notes: Elderly Irishman on RTé─Â talking about Courting in the 1940's.
How do you confuse a Kerryman? Place three shovels against a wall and ask him to take his pick.
I'm always suspicious of games where you're the only ones that play it.
Notes: on hurling
Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
|George Bernard Shaw
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
Have you heard about the Irish boomerang? It doesn't come back, it just sings sad songs about how much it wants to.
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