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192 Irish Proverbs

Soft words butter no parsnips, but they won't harden the heart of the cabbage either.

Take gifts with a sigh; most men give to be paid.

Take heed is a good reed.

The beginning of health is sleep.

The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse.

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.

The devil never grants long leases.

The full person does not understand the needs of the hungry.

The herb that can't be got is the one that heals.

The hole is more honorable than the patch.

The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried.

The longest road out is the shortest road home.

The longest way around is the shortest way home.

The mason who strikes often is better than the one who strikes too hard.

The mills of the gods grind slowly but they grind finely.

The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

The seeking for one thing will find another.

The slow horse reaches the mill.

The stars make no noise.

The thief is no danger to the beggar.

The thief is sorry he is to be hanged, not that he is a thief.

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

The windy day is not a day for scallops [thatching].