Proverbs and Quotations Archives
Current: "...Each age is a dream that is dying/ or one that is coming to birth..." Arthur O'Shaughnessy
April 5th 2009:
Proverb: Patience and perseverence brought the snail to Jerusalem
February 7th 2009: So many belonging to me lay buried in Kilbarrack, the healthiest graveyard in Ireland, they said, because it is so close to the sea... Brendan Behan
January 7th 2009: Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras (Hunger is good sauce)
November 19th 2008: I'm not in favour of long engagements; they give people the opportunity of finding out each others characters before marriage — which I think is never advisable! : Oscar Wilde
Friday March 30th 2007 " Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse: Mark Twain.
Wednesday March 21st 2007
"Forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much": Oscar Wilde
Wednesday February 28th 2007 "The measure of a person's real character is what they would do if they knew they never would be found out." Thomas Macaulay.
Wednesday February 14th (St. Valentines Day): Folíonn grá gráin. ( Love veils ugliness.)
Wednesday January 3rd: "Happiness walks on busy feet."
Thursday December28th 2006: "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday": Jonathan Swift
Wednesday November 22 2006: Ní féasta go rósta, 'is ní céasta go pósta. (A good run(ning) is better than a bad stand(ing).)
Wednesday November 15 2006: Tacitus, AD 97: ‘To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.’
Wednesday November 8 2006 "Only the winners decide what were war crimes": Gary Wills - Author
Wednesday November 1st 2006: 21st century deja vu?: "An evil exists that threatens every man,woman, and child of this great country. We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our Homeland" - Adolf Hitler (1933)
Wednesday October 18th 2006 "Is é do mhac do mhac inniú, ach is í d'iníon d'iníon go deo." (Your son is your son today, but your daughter is your daughter forever.)
Wednesday October 18th 2006 "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction": Blaise Pascal
Wed.October 11th 2006: "Only bigots these days sneer at the 'cúpla focal' as if it is hypocritical to use just a few Irish words if you haven't got lots of Irish words": Nuala Ó Faoileán, Sunday Tribune, 17/9/'06
Wed.October 4th 2006: "Your national greatness, swelling vanity; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings... [are] mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages." Frederick Douglass
Wed. Sept. 27th 2006 'An rud a ghoilleas ar an gcroí caithfidh an t-súil é a shileas.'
Wed. Sept. 20th 2006: "And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace": George Bernard Shaw - "Caesar and Cleopatra"
Wednesday August 9 Mark Twain: The War Prayer: O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire...
Wed. June 28th 2006 "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.": William Pitt
Wed. June 21st 2006 : Nuair a bhíonn an cat amuigh, bíonn an luch ag rince. ( When the cat's away, the mice can play).
Wed. June 7th 2006: 'If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago': (Sir George Porter, 1973)
May 31st 2006: The difference between a clever man and a wise one is that a clever man is smart enough to get himself out of a situation that a wise man would not get himself into in the first place.
May 24th 2006: Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach. (A ragged colt often made a powerful horse.)
May 17th 2006: 'It's odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as utopian, don't hesitate to proffer the most absurdly dreamy reasons for going to war: to stamp out terrorism, install democracy, eliminate fascism, and most entertainingly, to "rid the world of evil-doers"': Arundhati Roy
May 10th 2006: This week's proverb: An áit a mbíonn mná bíonn caint agus an áit a mbíonn géanna bíonn callán. (Where there are women there is talk, and where there are geese there is cackling.)
May 2nd 2006: "This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown." Walt Whitman
April 26th 2006: Filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire. (The treachery returns to the betrayer.)
April 19th 2006: The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none: Robert Carlyle (1795 - 1881)
April 12th 2006: "Dóchar liaigh gach anró." (Hope, the physician of all misery)
April 5th 2006: "When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking.": John Woden
March 29th 2006: 'Briseann an duchais tre shuile an chait.' (One's true colours emerge in the eyes of the cat or, in vino veritas)
March 22nd 2006: Má tá tú ag lorg cara gan locht, beidh tú gan cara go deo.
March15th 2006: Sileann do chara agus do namhaid nach bhfaighidh tú bás. ([Both] your friend and your enemy think you will never die.)
March 8th 2006 Is minic a bhris beál duine a shrón. (It is often that a person's mouth broke his nose.)
March 1st 2006: "In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.": Mark Twain
Feb.22nd 2006: Is folamh fuar é teach gan bean. (A house without a woman is empty [and] cold.)
Feb.15th 2006: "Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction." : Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 8th 2006: An té a dtéann cáil na mochéirí amach dó ní miste do chodhladh gho méanlae ( He who gets a name for early rising can sleep till midday)
Feb 1 2006: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation": Henry David Thoreau
Jan. 25th 2006: Is uaigneach an níochán nach mbíonn léine fear ann (It is a lonely washing that has no mans shirt in it.)
Jan. 11th 2006: "Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters": African Proverb
Jan. 11th 2006: "Is fada an bothair nach mbhíonn casadh ann" (It’s a long road that has no turn in it)
January 4th 2006: "Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world": Oscar Wilde
Winter Solstice Dec. 21 2005: "Never regret growing old - It is a privilege denied to many!" (courtesy J.R. Egan)
Wed. 14th December 2005: Ón lá a pósfaidh tú beidh do chroi i do bhéal agus do lámh I do phoca ( From the day you marry your heart will be in your mouth and your hand in your pocket)
Wed. Dec. 7 '05: "If love is blind then marriage is an eye-opener"
Wed. 30th Nov: Ní heolas go haontíos (If you want to know me come and live with me)
Wed. 23rd Nov. 2005: "I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them unashamed": (Dean Jonathan Swift from 'The Nature of Man'.)
Wed. Nov. 16th: " One lesson bought is as good as two taught."
Wed. Nov. 9th: ‘The marvelous thing about a joke with double meaning is that it can mean only one thing’: Ronnie Barker
Wed. Nov. 16th: Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb. (The day of the storm is not the day of the thatching.)
Wednesday Oct. 26th 2005: "An té thabharfas scéal amhain chugat tabharfaidh sé dhá scéal uait" (He who comes with one story to you will bring two away)
Wednesday Oct. 19th 2005: ‘Today, people don’t have time to bid each other the time of day. Everybody seems to be rushing to the graveyard’: Brigid Dirrane (Achill woman who lived to be 108 years old}
Wednesday Oct. 12th: ‘The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.’: Ronnie Barker
Wed. October 5th: Ní dhéanfadh an domhan capall rása d’asal (The world would not make a racehorse out of a donkey)
September28th: "Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo": G.B. Shaw
Sept. 27th 2005: "Aithnión ciaróg ciaróg eile" (One cockroach recognizes another)
September 14th 2005: ' Then catch the moments as they fly, And use them as ye aught, man;/Believe me, happiness is shy/And comes not, aye, when sought, man'. Robbie Burns
Wed. Aug. 31st: "Success has a thousand fathers; failure is an orphan": John F. Kennedy
August 24th 2005: "Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone..."
Wednesday Aug. 24th 2005: "Never sell your hen on a wet day!"
Wednesday August 17th: ‘There is one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about': Oscar Wilde
Wed August 10th: 'Bullshit baffles brains'
Wednesday July 27th: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." (author unknown)
Thursday July 21st: "The path of excess leads to the tower of wisdom. The pleasure of satisfying a savage instinct, undomesticated by the ego is incomparably much more intense than the one of satisfying a tame instinct. The reason is becoming the enemy that prevents us from a lot of possibilities of pleasure." William Blake
Wednesday July 13th: "No good deed goes unpunished"
Thursday July 7th: "Contraceptives should be used on all conceivable occasions." Spike Milligan
Wednesday June 29th: "Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy." Spike Milligan
Tuesday June 21st '05: "A shut mouth catches no flies"
June 15th: "The oftener seen the less required, the seldomer seen the most admired" Mary Kate Clancy
June 8th: "The pound you have in your pocket the day you die is a lost pound!"
June 4th: "Guess eggs where you see shells!" Mary Kate Mc Gowan
May 25th '05: "Man, poor, awkward, reliable, necessary man belongs to a sex that has been rational for millions and millions of years. He can't help himself. It is in his race. The History of Woman is very different. We have always been picturesque protests against the mere existence of common sense. We saw its dangers from the first." Oscar Wilde in "A Woman of No Importance"
Wednesday May 18: "Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in small change": Oscar Wilde
Thursday May 12: "I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worthwhile" G.B. Shaw
Tuesday May 3rd: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man" G.B. Shaw
Wednesday April 27: “Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.” O.W. “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.
Tuesday April 19 2005: "She wore far too much make-up last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman". Oscar Wilde from 'An Ideal Husband'
Thursday April 14: 2005'Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never have time. They are always so occupied in being jealous of other people's husbands': Oscar Wilde from 'A Woman of no Importance'.
Saturday April 9 : '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 from 'A Woman of no Importance':
Wednesday April 6 : 'I sometimes think that God in creating mankind somewhat overestimated his ability': (Oscar Wilde)
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