What Can You Say About That Then?!
Let the Sayings of Ireland be your guide!
There's anger in an open laugh.
Old burdens don't incite blows.
Red-hot ashes are easily rekindled.
No wrong to be done to seven classes of persons excited to anger- a bard, a chief, a woman, a prisoner, a drunken person, a druid, and a king in his own dominions.
An inch is a great deal in a man's nose.
It's not the bones that are beautiful but the flesh on the shoulders.
A thong is no shorter for having been in water.
Its appearances are better than its value.
Handsome is as handsome does.
A black hen lays white eggs.
A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.
Nobility listens to art
As stiff as a poker
As tough as a wheel string.
As mim as a dog without his tail.
As black as Toal's cloak
As bad as Bbarrington's blood hound to us
As old as Atty Haye's goat.
As wise as the women of Mungret
As hard as the hob of hell
As cunning as the fox
As long as a wet Sunday
As old as the hills
As bald as a buailtin
As sharp as a ciotog
As bitter as thick milk
As crooked as ram's horn
As brown as a berry
As big as a smith's meitheal
As sharp as the word of a fool
As sharp as the teeth of a hound
As wet as dung
No one can tell what he is able to do till he tries.
You can't whistle and chew meal at the same time.
You can't bark and run at the same time.
A vessel only hods its fill
Only the hound that was made fun of killed the deer.
The strong man may when he wants to the weak man when he's able
The gobada/n (kingfisher) cannot work both tides.
Don't give cherries to pigs;don't give advice to a fool.
A man is often a bad adviser to himself and a good adviser to another.
The man who won't have advice will have conflict.
He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse that takes every advice
The cat is his own best adviser
Crafty advice is often got from a fool
A wise man takes advice
A ring on her finger and not a stitch of clothes on her back.
Sparing at home and lavish in the hospital
Like the sun on the hill-top, but like a thistle on the hearth.
Street angel, house devil.
When the twig hardens, it's difficult to twist it.
A man lives long in his native place.
It's hard to teach an old dog to dance.
As the cock crows, the young bird chirps
To be old and decayed dishonors no-one
In youth we have our troubles before us; in age we leave pleasure behind
Young people don't know what age is; old people forget what youth was.
The old man hasn't the place of the cat in the ashes.
Is it not a lonesome thing to be getting old.
As pretty as a May Flower
As old as the Cailleach Beare
As fresh as a daisy
As bright as a lily
As slow as a late dinner
As dull as ditch water
As swift as a hare
As true as the gospel
As deep as the sea
As bashful as a girl
As treacherous as an Englishman
As melodious as a lark
As brave as Fionn MacCumhall
As yellow as a ragweed
As lazy as a donkey
As lazy as a piper's luidin
As busy as a bee
As salty as the sea
As good as gold
As rich as Damer
As Hairy as a puck-goats head
As thieving as a fox's snout
Irish Beauty...a woman with two black eyes
Beauty won't make the pot boil
Beauty is only skin deep
Beauty suffers no pain
It's the jewel that can't be got that is the most beautiful
The man without eyes is no judge of beauty
Woe to him whose betrayer sits at his table
A mouth of ivy and a heart of holy
My the Lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight on you
May we have the grace of God and may we die in Ireland
May you live and wear it
May you have heath to wear it
May luck be to the married couple
May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be towards us
My your voice be above every voice
May the strength of three be in your journey
May I see you gray and combing your children's hair
May I see you in heaven
God bless three times and three spits for luck
There are two heads on all his sheep
The law of borrowing is to break the borrower
The borrowed horse has hard hoofs
The loan of something on loan
Don't exchange your horse when you are crossing the river
He who is bad to give the loan is good for directing you
The brave man never loses
Every dog is valiant at his own door
Every hound is brave on his own dung hill
Every man is bold until he faces a crowd
Bribe the rogue and you need have no fear of the honest man
Beware of the bribed man
Bribery will split a stone
Hold on to the bone and the dog will follow you
Loose and careless like the leg of a pot
A ship is often lost because of one man
By the tongues people are caught and by their horns cattle.
Beware the Sassannnach
No falling out with a madman
A change of work is as good as a rest
The new broom sweeps the house best
The black countenance cannot be changed
A good man is not without fault and there are two faults in any man
He who is bad at giving a lodging is good at showing the road
Constant begging meets only constant refusal
A shut fist gets only a closed hand
No good is got from waste, but a good name is got by alms giving
Half given is better than complete refusal
The good deed boasted of is little, the good deed not acknowledged is little better
Better to do a good deed and boast about it than not to do it and not boast about it
Words will not feed the friars
Don't postpone the good deed
It is a little thing that is not longer than your hand
Charity begins at home
Water for the goose and alms for the beggar
The beauty of a chaste woman makes bitter words
Praise the child and it will progress
If they won't make you laugh they won't make you cry
A wise son makes a father glad but a foolish son is a mothers sorrow
Baptize your own child first
Every finger has not the same length, nor every son the same disposition.
What the child sees is what the child does.
Every mother thinks it is on her own child the sun rises.
An inch of a lad is better than a foot of a girl
No man ever wore a cravat as nice as his own child's arm around his neck
Your son is your son to-day but your daughter is your daughter forever
If the bare part of the hill is bad, the summit is worse
It can't be both curds and whey with you
It's difficult to choose between tow blind goats
The priest's pig gets the most porridge
Although there was nobody present but the priest and the friar still I have lost all my property
A dumb priest never got a parish
If there is a hen or a goose its surely on the priests table it will be
It is his own child the priest baptizes first
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy
A priest that's made a pet of and a pig that's made a pet of are the two wrist pets of all.
The way of the nuns with the country-women -they receive a great lump and give a small return
Give the priest his own side of the road.
Don't be the mean and don't be generous with the clergy
Talk of the devil and he will appear
Tobacco after food
Never reach out your hand further than you can withdraw it
A look in front is better than two behind
Don't see all you see and don't hear all you hear
Leave well enough alone
Don't show all your teeth until you can bite
The first sip of broth is always the hottest
kill a wren but beware of fire
Be first in a wood but last in a bog.
Think before you speak and look before you leap
Better be sure than sorry
He that doesn't tie a know will lose the first stitch
When your hand is in the dog's mouth, withdraw it gently
If you catch a pig catch it by the leg
Don't be breaking your shin on a stool that's not in your way
Never scald your lips with another man's porridge
Look at the river before you cross the ferry
A stitch in time saves two stitches
Better to turn back from the middle of the ford than to be drowned in the flood
When your neighbors house is on fire take care of your own
A person often ties a know with his tongue that can't be loosed by his teeth
One look before is better than three looks behind
Don't put your hook in a field without being asked
Never take the full of your mouth out of anybody
Say little and say it well
Put a mouth to a mouth, but don't put a pen to paper
Least said soonest mended
When the belly is full the bones like to stretch
Bend with the tree that bends with you
A share is sufficient
A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns
It's better to tell a good story twice
There's no tax on talk
Talk is cheap
When you go forth to find a wife leave your eyes at home, but take both ears with you
It's the last suitor that wins the maid
A good horseman is the man on the ground
He's a good hurler that's on the ditch
The one who loses the game has the liberty of talking
He would cover a rock with hay and sell it for a haycock
He would skin a louse and send the hide and fat to market
He would build a nest in your ear
In spite of the fox's cunning his skin is often sold
He'd steal the cross of an ass's back
He would steal the egg from the crane and finally the crane herself
Cunning is better than strength
The curse does not fall on a stick or a stone
A bad death to you
Bad cess to you
A heart burning on you
A cold day on you
The raven's curse on you
The kittens death to you
May your trouble be in your throat
The curse of Cromwell on you
It's a very good time if it lasts
When the sky falls we'll all catch larks
The man who loves danger shall perish in it
No staying in dangerous roads
A lion is not a safe companion for all persons
A horse on a cliff or a cow in a swamp two in danger
Many a day we shall rest in the clay
Death is the poor man's best physician
Death doesn't come without a cause
There's neither herb nor cure for death
To die and to lose on's life are much the same thing
There'll be many a dry eye at his death
There is hope from he mouth of the sea but none from the mouth of the grave
A man at sea may return but not the man in the churchyard.,
Sleep is the brother of death
One can't tell which skin will hang from the rafter first, the old sheep's or the lamb's
The trace of the hand will live but not the hand that made it
Death stares the old in the face and lurks behind the backs of the young
Nimble as the hare is she is caught at last
There is many a person with a high head today who will be lying lowly tomorrow
May God spare anyone who has a hand in his own death
You will never comb a gray head
It is not he tree that is a long time shaking that is the first to fall
Death does not take a bribe
The graveyard growth is in him
Death never comes too late
You'll be going yet and your two feet before you
Better old debts than old grudges
Forgetting a debt doesn't pay it
There is often a barb behind a kiss
A lie looks the better for having a witness
A sweet tongue is seldom without a string to its root
Shallow waters make great noise
Still waters run deep
Show the fatted calf but not the thing that fattened him
One swallow never made a summer
Faraway cows have longer horns
Lying in Lavender like Paddy's Pig
Them that like the dung hill see no motes in it
It's not as one supposes that things are
Desire conquers fear
It is often there has been great darkness with little rain
Never bid the devil good morrow until you meet him
To praise God is proper-but a wise man won't blackguard the devil
Needs must when the devil rides
The man of horns is active
A crooked cane makes a straight back
There is no achievement without discipline
The horse wins or loses the reins
The back of my hand and the sole of my foot to you
A drink is shorter than a story
There's little profit from being always drunk
It's the first drop that destroyed me, there's no harm at all in he last
It would make a rabbit spit at a dog
He would go to mass every morning if holy water were whiskey
You take your health once too often to the whiskey shop till it gets broken
It's sweet to drink but bitter to pay for it
Sweet is the wine but sour's the payment
Wine reveals the truth
Thirst after the drink and sorrow after the money
Drunkenness will not protect a secret
The cure of the drinking is to drink again
Thirst is a shameless disease
Donal drunk and his wife drinking water
He would drink Lough Sheelin dry
It is only folly to treat an old woman to a dram
When good luck comes the drink comes
A drunken woman is lost to shame
Thirst begets thirst
The end of drinking is more thirst
Take what you can get and pay what you can
Economy is good to guard against want, but don't be mean or niggardly
Though I have the book I don't have the learning
A man of learning understands the half-word
Learning is a light burden,but often a source of confusion
Every pupil as he is taught
The young and the foolish are the harder to teach.
Better a good run than a long standing
One's best is sufficient
A hook well lost to catch a salmon
Often a man cast a sprat to catch a hake
If you stretch out with your hand you will reach out with your feet
Speak neither well nor ill of yourself
There is no bone in the tongue,but it often broke a man's head
Even a good horse can't keep running
Don't yield to the Saxon but beat him well
A cat can look at a king
The beak of the goose is no longer than that of the gander
Right for me, right for you
The river is no wider from this side or the other
In he land of the blind the man with one eye is a king
A slip of the tongue is no fault of the mind
Evil may spring from the tiniest thing
The effects of an evil act are long felt
The more you trample dung the more it spreads
A small stain will smear white stockings
The bad deed turns on its doer
Evil begets evil
The losing horse blames the saddle
A bad reaper never got a good reaping hook
It's a bad thing not to have some story on the tip of your tongue
A burnt child fears the fire
Be one's trade good or bad experience makes one a master of it
The wearer knows best where the shoe pinches
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
On an unknown path every foot is slow
Let every man praise the ford as he finds it
An old bird is not caught with chaff
The longest road out is the shortest road home
An old cat will not burn himself
Sense bought is better than two senses learned
You can't put an old head on young shoulders
Every hound is a pup till he hunts
If I am yellow I have a fair heart
Fame lasts longer than life
Without money fame is dead
Falling is easier than rising
Greatness knows modesty
To know somebody, life in the same house with him
Too much of one thing is the same as nothing
Familiarity breeds contempt
People of the same trade are friendly
Long as the day may be night comes at last
He that is born to be hanged needn't fear water
A book to a blind man signifies nothing.
Better knowledge of the evil, than the evil without knowledge.
The person with least knowledge talks most
It's no joke going to law with the devil and the court held in hell.
Beyond the leap, beyond the law.
A good word in court is better than a pound in the purse.
Neither break a law nor make one.
The law does not apply to the blow that's not struck.
The lying man's witness is his wife.
Winter comes fast on the lazy
Cold in the shoulder makes the shins speckled.
Long sleep makes a bare backside.
It's only a worthless hen that fails to provide for herself.
The speckled shins of spring is the envious one in Autumn.
Laziness is a heavy burden
You'd be a good messenger to send for death.
Pity the man who waits till the last day.
Ye look for the ladle when the pot's in the fire
The long stitch of the lazy tailor
A slow messenger is the better for your going to meet him.
It's a bad bird that dirties its own nest
It's a bad hen that won't scratch herself.
After the chieftains fall, the fight seldom continues.
As great a liar as the clock of Strabane.
The lie often goes further than the truth.
God does not like the lying tongue.
We live ass long as we're let.
You will live during the year for we were just talking of you.
Life is sweet.
Life is precious
People live in one another's shadows.
Twenty years agrowing;twenty years at rest; twenty years declining; and twenty years when it doesn't matter whether you're there or not.
Life is the true historian.
Live in my heart and pay no rent.
If you love the mother, you love her brood.
They won't fall in love with the man they don't see.
When the sight leaves the eye, love leaves the heart.
After the settlement(the dowry), comes the love.
Love is blind to blemishes and faults.
Love hides ignominy and evil.
Love is no impartial judge.
House without hound, cat or child,house without love or affection.
Love a woman or a child without their knowing it.
To the raven her own chick is white.
What is nearest the heart is usually nearest the lips.
What is nearest the heart comes out.
Love cools quickly.
Love conceals ugliness, and hate sees a lot of faults.
She who fills the heart, fills the eye.
There's no love until there's a family.
Absence makes the heart grow fond.
Marry in haste and be sorry at your leisure
By age or ability you're no child
What you give wouldn't blind the eye of a midge
As tight as tuppence in a market-woman's trash bag.
If you give the loan of your britches don't cut off the buttons.
`Tis strange that the man who is so quick to find fault in himself so stingy about food.
To come with one hand longer than the other.
Nothing comes into a closed hand.
Some men are like bagpipes they can't speak till their bellies are filled.
From the house of the devil to the house of the demon
After misfortune the Irishman sees his profit.
It is well that misfortunes come one by one and not all together.
It's easy to sleep on the misfortune of others.
When misfortune is greatest relief is nearest.
There's worse than this in the North.
Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.
The old white horse is the end of all misfortune.
Speak to misfortune when it comes.
No heightening of the grief of a sorrowful man.
He is scant of news that speaks ill of his mother.
A busy mother makes a lazy daughter.
A mother with a pouch is better than a father with a ploughteam.
You won't get from a cat but its skin
The lamb is a sheep in the long run.
Its nature breaks out through the eyes of the cat.
Let the tail go with the hide.
It's better to be lucky than to be an early riser.
A chance shot will not kill the devil
The man who has luck in the morning has luck in the afternoon.
There's luck in sharing
It's better to be lucky than wise
A meeting in the sunlight is lucky, and burying in the rain.
The lucky person has only to be born.
Luck seldom lasts.
Without store no friends;without rearing no manners.
Better good manners than good looks.
The husband of the sloven is known in the field amidst a crowd.
A growing moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry in
Never make a toil of pleasure, as the man said when he dug his wife's grave only three feet deep.
Marriage at the dung heap and the godparents far away.
Woe to him who does not heed a good wife's counsel.
It's why women marry--the creatures, God bless them, are too shy to say no.
There was never an old slipper but there was an old stocking to match it.
A young man is bothered till he's married, after that he's bothered entirely
There's only one thing in the world better than a good wife....no wife
The dowry falls over the cliff; but the protruding lip remains on the wife.
A bad wife takes advice from everyone but her husband.
He breaks his wofe's head and then buys a plaster for it.
There are no trials till marriage.
The carefree mother's daughter makes a bad wife.
It's a lonesome washing that there's not a (man's) shirt in.
Marry a mountainy woman and you'll marry the mountain.
She's a good woman, but she didn't take off her boots yet.
The day you marry your wife you marry your children
The blanket is the warmer of being doubled
She burnt her coal and did not warm herself
He married money and got a woman with it
A wild goose never laid a tame egg.
What can you expect from a pig but a grunt.
How could the apple be but like the apple tree.
Nature is stronger than nurture.
Every nursling as it is nursed, every web as it is woven
Pity the man drowned in the storm. for after the rain comes the sunshine
The darkest hour is nearest dawn
A ship is often lost by the harbor
No matter how often a pitcher goes to the water it is broken in the end
No matter how long the day, night comes
What kills one man gives life to another
About the foot of the tree the foliage falls
Fear is a fine spur, so is rage
Be afraid and you'll not meet danger
The man who is struck on the head, will afterwards be afraid
To fight like Kilkenny cats
Quarrelsome dogs get dirty coats
Don't kick till your spurred
Be warning but not striking
A word goes to the wind but a blow goes to the bones
Wine is better than blood
There is often the death of a person between two words.
don't go between the tree and its bark
Soft words butter no parsnips
The sheep could eat the grass through it
The juice of the cow alive or dead is good
Help is a good thing except at the table of food
A man at the food and a weakling at the work
First at the pot and last at the work
Food is a workhorse
Taste the food and you'll get a taste for it
A fool and his money are easily parted
A fool's word is a thorn in the mud
When fools make mistakes they lay the blame on Providence.
It's a trifle that makes fools laugh
Give a clown his choice and he'll choose the worst
Gold is light with a fool
Give me that and be a fool yourself
There's no fool like an old fool
Often a a fool's son is a wise man
The amad'n fell into the fire and the oinseach began to cry
The fool has luck
The oinseach sees the amada'n's faults
She burnt her coal and didn't warm herself
Hurry no man's cattle....get a a jackass for yourself
don't take the thatch off your own house to by slates for another man's roof
Folly has a fall before it
There are two things that cannot b cured-death, and want of sense
Forgive a horse that will cock his ears
Good luck is better than early rising
Fortune is a good thing but it's worth searching for
The ugly are often lucky and the handsome unfortunate
Often does the likely fail and the unlikely prosper
It is a bad wind that doesn't blow for someone
Prosperity often comes to the easygoing
The lucky man awaits prosperity the unlucky man gives a blind leap
Let each person judge his own luck good or bad
The point of a rush would draw blood from his cheek
Let every man have his own world
You can take the horse to the well, but you can't make him drink
No war is as bitter as a war between friends, but it doesn't last long
Reverence ceases once blood is spilled
Two persons never lit a fire without disagreeing
If you will walk with lame men you will soon limp yourself
There was never a scabby sheep i in a flock that didn't like to have a comrade
The man long absent is forgotten
In times of trouble friends are recognized
A friend's eye is a good mirror
Reckoning up is the ending of friendship
The friend that can be bought is not worth buying
If I like the sow I like her litter
Prove your friend before you need him
A little relationship is better than much friendship
Take care but take no sides and on no account sacrifice your friends
Pick your company before you sit down
Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are
A friend in court is better than a penny in one's purse
Friendship is good though separation is painful
Cook a little spit for me and I'll cook one for you
As well whistle jigs to a milestone as tell troubles to you
It's only the Lord can make a racehorse out of a jackass
The devil couldn't do it unless he was drunk
Tis no use talking when the harm is done
It is the hope of recompense that ruins the card player.
Better a son a gambler than a drinker
The expectation of success is what beggars the gambler
A big belly was never Generous
A generous man, they say, has never gone to hell
Wide is the door of the little cottage
As you have burned the candle give the inch
Take gifts with a sigh most men give to be paid
O'Neills gift and his two eyes looking after it
It is worth going to meet generosity that is slow
A gentle answer quenches anger
A kind word never broke anyone's mouth
God's help is nearer than the door
God is not as severe as he is said to be
God often pays debts without money
God moves slowly yet his grace comes
God never closes one door but he opens another
God shares the good things
The person not taught by God is not taught by man
The love of God guides every good
Man talks but God directs
God helps him that helps himself
The will of God yesterday today and forever
The grace of God is between the saddle and the ground
God made the back to suit the burden
Whatever God has allotted me I cannot sell
Do good in the face of evil
The good that is is better than two goods that were
He has a good heart even if he is sallow
The good is never late
Everything good is used in little pieces
A good thing is improved by increasing it
Good begets good
A whisper in Nora's ear is louder than a shout from the highest hill
A woman told me that a woman told her that she saw a woman who saw a woman who made ale of potatoes
The death of the old woman and the marriage of the Young woman
Talk my the fire is the talk of idle women
Sit on your heel and thank goodness for a new stool
You can't examine the teeth of a gift horse
Eaten bread is soon forgotten
I think little of buttermilk when I'm full of it
Strike a dog with a bone and he'll not growl
Thank God the right side of the house is out
One cannot take out of a sack more than the full of it
If the cat had a churn her paw would often be in it
Though honey is sweet, do not lick it off a briar
The covetous man is always in want
He's not covetous but he'd fain have all
Don't refuse to sell your horse for the sake of a a crown
Eating and complaining like the greedy hen
A rag on every bush
Too many irons in the fire
A finger in every pie
The most recent grief is the heaviest
No grief at feasts
From strong relationships often comes great grief
Where is no cure for grief but to put it under your foot
There is no happiness without an inch of sorrow through it
The herb that can't be got is the one that brings relief
A good laugh and a long sleep the best cures in a a doctor's book
Sickness is the physician's feast
The beginning of a ship is a board of a kiln a stone, of a king's reign salutation, and the beginning of health is sleep
A long disease doesn't tell a lie, it kills at last
Health is better than wealth
Health is better than flocks
A healthy man is a king
The relapse is worse that the final fever
Every patient is a doctor after his own cure
What butter or whiskey will not cure there `s no cure for
A long illness doesn't lie
Friends are better than gold
A constant guest is never welcome
Don't show your skin to the person who won't cover it
The people will meet but the hills and mountains never
The coldness of a friend is better than the sweetness of an enemy
He who lies with dogs rises with fleas
It is better to be alone than to be in bad company
Be kind with the wretched but dark and dour to your enemy
When the hand ceases to scatter the mouth ceases to praise
A little help is better than a deal of pity
Don't put your friend in your pocket
A shoulder without a kinsman is bare and woe to him who lacks a loving brother
Pity the man in a county where there is none to take his part
Putting the thatch of the kiln on the mill
It's like looking for a hound without knowing its color
To address a head without knowledge is like the barking of a dog in a green valley
You Might as well talk to the wall as to him
Don't waste your breath on dead embers
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse
It's no use going to the goat's house to look for wool
It's hard to fight with the wide ocean
An empty bag won't stand
Tis hard to drive a hare out of a bush he's not in
You can't draw blood out of a turnip
You won't make a rope from the sand of the sea
Beginning with a cough and ending with a coffin
A graveyard cough
The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs
One must pay health its tithes
The physician's hope, every misfortune
Patience is the cure for an old illness
There is no fireside like your own fireside
It's a long way from home that the plover cries
When rogues disagree, honest men get their own
The man that steals stacks thinks all the world thieves
The millers pigs are fat but God knows whose meal they ate
He is as honest as the priest
A patch is better than a hole, but a hole is more honorable than a patch
It's more difficult to maintain honor than to become prosperous
A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honor
Honour is more precious than gold
Live horse and you'll get grass
Hope soothes the tired heart
Hope is the physician of each misery
Face the sun but turn your back on the storm
There's no flood that doesn't recede
Do not expect more than you deserve
God never sent a mouth without something with it
The dogs have not eaten up the end of the year yet
Good hope is better than bad intention
There are fish in the tide as good as any that has been taken
There's fish in the sea better than was ever caught
In the end the improvement comes
The night and the day are as long as ever they were
The last place is worthy of the best loved
The heaviest ear of corn is the one that lowest bends its head.
Good humor comes from the kitchen
Crying is not far away from laughter
It's a good story that fills the belly.
Hunger is a good sauce
The mountain is a good mustard
The hungry hound thinks not of her whelps
Sharp is the eye of the hungry person
A blessing does not fill the stomach.
Talking never brought the turf home.
Don't let the grass grow under your feet
Better idle than working for nothing
It is better to be putting knots on a straw than to be idle
A foot at rest meets nothing
You have the foal's share of the harrow.
No ignorance in ordinance of the law.
The rod impossible to twist.
Do your own job and eat your own fruits.
What's rent to a lord is food to a child
A king's shilling is no more than a poor man's farthing.
The army that attacks will not be attacked
The ebb-tide won't wait for the slow man
A shut fist will not catch a hawk
Strike the ball when you get it on the hop
Strike while the iron is hot
The man without resourcefulness is no better than a pig
A spur in the head is worth two on the heel
In for a penny in for a pound
You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb
An inch is as good as a mile
An Irishman carries his heart in his hand
Put an Irishman on the spit and you'll find two more to turn him.
An Irishman is never at peace except when he's fighting.
The Irishman is impatient
Don't make little of your dish for it may be an ignorant fellow who judges it.
Disputation in the heel of judgment
No merriment in the seat of justice.
Innocent or guilty, he'll be hanged said the judge.
There is little between justice and injustice.
Put justice before generosity
Those who made laws should not break laws.
What is got badly goes badly
Kerry security: bond, pledge, oath, and keep the money.
Pressure of the business weakens kindness.
The old hag is the better of being warmed,but the worse of being burned.
One beetle recognizes another.
Blood is stronger than water.
One chafer knows another.
One thief knows another.
One Pig knows another
One liar knows another.
Great minds live apart, people may meet but mountains and rocks never.
A blind dog won't bark at the moon.