Raise a glass to the very best St. Patrick’s Day Quotes of them all! We’re here to share the luck of the Irish with you with our favorite St. Patrick’s Day sayings, from St. Patrick’s Day movie quotes to beautiful Irish blessings and hilarious Irish proverbs that would look stunning emblazoned on your handmade St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Because everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right?
Whether you’re looking for a witty Irish pun or one-liner for a St. Patrick’s Day Instagram caption (Pat Maloney’s “Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I’m always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle” fits the bill), or something more serious to share with your children (like the old Irish blessing, “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow”), there’s something here for just about every occasion. Don’t forget to pair these with a green cocktail or two!
St. Patrick’s Day Quotes
The name of this man? Saint Patrick.
Myths and legends have always circulated around the lives and works of Saints, and Saint Patrick is no different.
Centuries after his death, many started to claim that he used the shamrock, a three-leafed green plant, as a teaching tool to explain the Holy Trinity to Pagans.
A fine and beautiful story, the association between Saint Patrick and the shamrock took root, and the plant became a symbol for Saint Patrick and for Ireland. Today, it is commonly used in the religious celebration that is held to mark his death on March 17th: Saint Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick’s Day has been held since the early 17th century to commemorate the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. Now, however, it is much more widely recognized as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
Within the last century, the thousands of Irish immigrants and expatriates who were looking to reaffirm their roots began to invest their energies into celebrating the holiday.
Their efforts have made the holiday a worldwide celebration, from Canada to Brazil and Argentina, the United States, Australia, and of course, Ireland. Stereotypes of the Irish have, of course, crept into the celebration of “St. Paddy’s Day.”
One thing that’s for sure: celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day is fun!
However you’re celebrating – joining a local parade, drinking a green beer, digging out your leprechaun outfit, or scattering Shramrock confetti wherever you go – March 17th is also a great excuse to learn more about the culture and heritage of one of the most vibrant countries on earth.
So, whether your family has Irish heritage, you’ve visited the Emerald Isle, or you’d just like to get into the lucky spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re here to help!
We’ve put together a list of quotes that celebrate Ireland and the unique spirit of the Irish people. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.” – Brendan Behan
“You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children will win by a better deed.” – Patrick Henry Pearse
“Irish history stretches back into the dark days of the Celts, yet there is a light, laughter and a sense of laissez-faire in the Irish men and women of today.” – Richard Benson
“The list of Irish saints is passing counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” – Stephen Gwynn
“Oh, Paddy, dear, an’ did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round? The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground! No more St. Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his colour can’t be seen, For there’s a cruel law agin’ the Wearin’ o’ the green.” – Anonymous
“That’s what the holidays are for – for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the Irish way?” – Lara Flynn Boyle
“Grant me a sense of humor, Lord, the saving grace to see a joke, to win some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folks.”– Irish Prayer
“May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.” – Irish Blessing
“If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick’s Day you get what you want very much but haven’t wished for.” – Patricia Lynch
“St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our green heritage. The ancestry of Ireland. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be Irish and of Irish descent.” – Anthony T. Hicks
“Ireland is the only place in the world where procrastination takes on a sense of urgency.” – Dave Allen
“This microscopic nation in the Atlantic has little economic or political clout in the world. But somehow, Ireland’s influence seems to pop up everywhere, whether you prefer to travel in the realms of high or low culture.” – Robert Sullivan
“Whenever I want to know what the Irish are thinking, I look into my own heart.” – Eamon de Valera
Do you have a favorite quote about Ireland or Irish saying that isn’t on our list? Add it to the comments below!