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15 Famous Irish Quotes We Love

For such a small country, Ireland’s 32 counties has produced some incredible writers, thinkers and spokespeople over the years. We thought we’d collect together some of the best, and most famous, Irish quotes from the men and women around the country who best epitomise the Emerald Isle’s wit and wisdom! 

Famous Irish Quotes

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

 

“Money does not make you happy but it quiets the nerves” – Sean O’Casey

 

“I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.” – Samuel Beckett

 

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce

 

“To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” – Bernadette Devlin

 

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” – Johnathon Swift

 

“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.” – George Best

 

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” – Seamus Heaney

 

“I only drink on two occasions – when I’m thirsty and when I’m not.” – Brendan Behan

 

“What pisses me off is when I’ve got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear.” – Sinead O’Connor

 

“No strangers here, just friends you haven’t met!” – William Butler Yeats

 

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” – James Joyce

 

“Kinda like a pint of Guinness” – Phil Lynott (when asked what it felt like to be both black and Irish)

 

“All the world’s a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” – Sean O’Casey 

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