Irish Sayings About Life


  • A short, pithy expression that generally contains advice or wisdom
  • A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, to be “a pithy expression of wisdom or truth.”
  • A collection of such expressions identified with a particular person, esp. a political or religious leader


  • whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
  • Of or relating to Ireland, its people, or the Goidelic language traditionally and historically spoken there
  • people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
  • of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people


  • Living things and their activity
  • The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death
  • the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities; “he could no longer cope with the complexities of life”
  • The state of being alive as a human being
  • a characteristic state or mode of living; “social life”; “city life”; “real life”
  • the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living; “he hoped for a new life in Australia”; “he wanted to live his own life without interference from others”

irish sayings about life

irish sayings about life – Rotten: No

Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
“I have no time for lies and fantasy, and neither should you. Enjoy or die…” –John Lydon

Punk has been romanticized and embalmed in various media. An English class revolt that became a worldwide fashion statement, punk’s idols were the Sex Pistols, and its sneering hero was Johnny Rotten.

Seventeen years later, John Lydon looks back at himself, the Sex Pistols, and the “no future” disaffection of the time. Much more than just a music book, Rotten is an oral history of punk: angry, witty, honest, poignant, crackling with energy. Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, Chrissie Hynde, Billy Idol, London and England in the late 1970s, the Pistols’ creation and collapse…all are here, in perhaps the best book ever written about music and youth culture, by one of its most notorious figures.

“Much has been written about the Sex Pistols. Much of it has either been sensationalism or journalistic psychobabble. The rest has been mere spite. This book is as close to the truth as one can get … This means contradictions and insults have not been edited, and neither have the compliments, if any. I have no time for lies or fantasy, and neither should you. Enjoy or die.”
So writes author John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, in his introduction to the book Rotten, an oral history of punk: angry, honest, and crackling with energy. Seventies punk has been romanticized by the media and the up-and-coming punk bands of today, but the sneering, leering disaffection of that time has been lost. Now, Lydon candidly and at times, dare we say it, fondly looks back at himself, the Sex Pistols, and the “no future” attitude of the time. Rolling Stone calls Lydon a “pavement philosopher whose Dickensian roots blossom with Joycean color,” and the San Francisco Chronicle calls Rotten an “invaluable [book] … sheds welcome light on that short period of great music and spasmodic cultural change.”
Bollocks you say? Read, sneer, and enjoy or die.

Wine Bokeh

Wine Bokeh

Wine, the nectar of the Gods— the inspiration of the muse —the fruit of the vine. All of those and more have been said about wine as it has been romanticized in prose, uttered in jest or memorialized in the pages of history. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Wine is bottled poetry,” while Dom Pérignon said “Come quickly. I am tasting the stars.” Both were trying to put into words the very nature and essence of the premium crushed elixir of the wine grape.

Quotes, Idioms, and Sayings About Wine
From the dawn of time, wine created a sensual experience. When a glass of wine was poured the senses were engaged — the sound of the popped cork, the splash made in the glass, the smell of nature, the hues from golden to ruby, and the tickle and weight of the wine on the tongue all added to the imagery of the mind as these senses found their way to paper. It was said, "In water one sees one’s own face, but in wine one beholds the heart of another.” No other drink has inspired so many poets and writers!

The skill of master winemaker created the essence of wine, but the journey of wine was chronicled by the thousands of quotes and saying penned or uttered by history’s most notable characters. Quotes, quips, idioms, and sayings were passed down from Jesus, Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Wm. Butler Yeats, Virginia Wolfe, W.C. Fields, Erma Bombeck, and a host of others.

Many quotes relating to wine have been attributed to Anonymous, French and Chinese Proverb, and Irish Toast. These writers are more often quoted than some of the world’s most prolific literary greats. Unfortunately, many sayings appear to have been muddled versions from prior times and authors. Sayings are also attributed to several authors or historic icons, leading to duplications and mis-quoted versions.

Such is the case of this quote, “One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts," originally made by Dr. Samuel Johnson. Reference credit is sometimes given to James Boswell, as it was written in Boswell’s book The Life of Samuel Johnson, yet Johnson himself previously wrote it. When curious about quotes checking with Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, it has been a definitive resource for quotes for more than one hundred years.


IRISH DANCER—MIchigan State Fair 2008