Since both my novels, In Sunshine or in Shadow and Coming Home, are set in Ireland, it’s safe to say I’ve had a deep love for all things Irish for a long time. I love the music, the myths and legends, the soft mist that hangs over the mountains. But most of all I love the people, and their unique way with words. Some call it blarney, some the “gift of the gab.” I just call it magic.
So today I decided to share a few of my favorite Irish proberbs.
It’s a fine day for young ducks
Distant hills look green.
There’s hope from the ocean, but none from the grave. ~ An emigrant’s proverb.
Melodious is the closed mouth.
Every man’s mind is his kingdom.
There is no need like the lack of a friend.
The man who pays the piper calls the tune.
He who has water and peat on his own farm has the world his own way.
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.
It’s not a delay to stop and sharpen the scythe.
Credit Island Ireland, an Internet guide to Irish art, culture and environment.
So here's my question, and it's an easy one: What are some of your favorite proverbs, sayings, or words of wisdom, and where do they come from?