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50 Best St. Patrick's Day Quotes of All Time

The inception of the tradition of Saint Patrick’s Day began when Christianity arrived in Ireland waaaay back in time...somewhere around 386 - 461 AD. This means the Irish have been pressing their luck with rowdy annual celebrations and sometimes crazy parties for over 1000 years every March 17. Other than the famous "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" lines and other streams of green, what do we really know about the reasons behind this world celebrated holiday? And in all of the revelry, what wise words have people shared over the years? Look no further than the following 50 Best St. Patrick's Day Quotes of All Time for answers.

1. “May the Irish hills caress you,
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”
Irish Blessing

2. “Leprechauns castles, good luck and laughter,
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That’s the Irish for you.”
Irish folklore

3. “Why should you never iron a four leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.” Daryl Stout

4. “Oh, while a man may dream awake,
On gentle Irish ground,
‘Tis Paradise without the snake -
That’s easy to be found.”
Frederick Langbridge

5. “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”
Irish Blessing

6. “For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.”

7. “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you right, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.”
Irish Blessing

8. “May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.”
Irish Blessing

9. “May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.”
Irish Blessing

10. “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
Adrienne Cook

11. “When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure ‘tis like the morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away.”
Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.

12. “May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.”
Saint Patrick

13. “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”
Irish Saying

14. “May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”
Irish Blessing

15. “There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living,
How in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?”
Irish Saying

16. “In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.”
Stephen Braveheart

17. “What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.”
Author Unknown

18. “May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent.”
Irish Blessing

19. “It’s wishing you joy, I’ll be havin’ you know, and the luck o’ the Irish wherever you go.”
Irish Saying

20. “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”
Irish Blessing

21. “May the blessing of light be on you -
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.”
Old Celtic Blessing

22. “When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” Edna O’Brien

23. “Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.”
Irish Proverb

24. “Oh, Paddy, dear, an’ did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground!
No more St. Patrick’s Dday we’ll keep, his colour can’t be seen,
For there’s a cruel law agin’ the Wearin’ o’ the green.”
Author Unknown

25. “May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”
Henry Bennett

26. “May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do - and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.”
Irish Blessing

27. “May you live all the days of your life.”
Jonathan Swift

28.”May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.”
Saint Patrick

29. “An Irishman, by the name of O’Malley proposed to his girl on St. Patrick’s Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweller. He took one look at it and saw it wasn’t real. The young lass on learning it wasn’t real returned to her future husband. She protested vehemently about his cheapness. ‘It was in honour of St. Patrick’s Day,’ he smiled. ‘I gave you a sham rock.’ “
Irish Joke

30. “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.”
Irish Blessing

31. “Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me."
Saint Patrick

32. “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”
Irish Saying

33. “You’ve heard I suppose, long ago, How the snakes, in a manner most antic, He marched to the county Mayo, And trundled them into th’ Atlantic.”
William Maginn

34. ”May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.”
Irish Blessing

35. “Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick’s Day consists of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth.”
Irish Blessing

36. “If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?”

37. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for just a little while...and their hearts forever.”
Irish Proverb

38. “Oh, the music in the air!
An’ the joy that’s everywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An’ the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th’-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March”
Thomas Augustin Daly

39. “When law can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow,
An’ when the leaves in summer time their color dare not show,
Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen;
But till that day, praise God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”
Irish Blessing

40. “So, success attend St. Patrick’s fist,
For he’s a saint so clever;
Oh! He gave the snakes and toads a twist,
And bothered them forever!”
Irish Saying

41. “An irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.”
Irish Saying

42. “St. Patrick - one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish.” Charles M. Madigan

43. “Here’s to a long life and a merry one.”
Irish Toast

44. “Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!”

45. “He was a terror to any snake that came in his path,
whether it was the cold, slimy reptile sliding along the ground
or the more dangerous snake that oppresses men through false teachings.
And he drove the snakes out of the minds of men, snakes of superstition and brutality and cruelty.”
Arthur Brisbane

46. “May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!”
Irish Blessing

47. “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”
Henry Bennett

48. “St. Patrick - one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself under the guise of acting Irish.”
Charles M. Madigan

49. “It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!”
Irish Toast

50. “Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer - and another one!”
Irish Toast

Since the 17th century, March 17th was officially recognized as Saint Patrick’s Day, Feast of Saint Patrick, The Day of the Festival of Patrick or La Pheile Padraig in Irish. The Catholic Church, Church Of Ireland, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church observed the holiday by honoring the late Romano-Britich Christian missionary, bishop, and patron saint of the island of Ireland known as Saint Patrick. Lore has it that Saint Patrick became a legend by banishing snakes from Ireland (yet science since proved that was a myth...go figure.) Needless, Saint Patrick’s legacy was one built upon banishing spiritual and educational barriers for Irish school children based upon his beliefs in Christianity and his own lack of education. Little facts regarding Saint Patrick’s life and experiences are known other than he was born in Bannavem Taberniae, England somewhere around 386 AD. At the age of 16, Saint Patrick was enslaved by Irish captors, was charged with shepherding sheep, and spent a lot of time praying. The good news is he escaped by the age of 22. Upon his return to his family, he worked as a cleric and led northern and western portions of Ireland to Christianity through his work as a missionary. In 431 AD, Saint Patrick became the Bishop of the Irish and one year later he officially became Ireland's adopted son. Saint Patrick used a shamrock to depict to the ancient high kings of Ireland the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity and led the country to adopt the shamrock as it’s national emblem. From there, Patrick continued his work and life mission until he passed away in Saul, Ireland on March 17, c. 461 AD. Despite not being canonized formally by the Church, Saint Patrick was revered as the patron saint of Ireland and has been revered highly by the Irish and non-Irish since. After all, he helped the entire universe learn the value of green beer, spirituality, and a sound education.

Over the years, people worldwide have continued to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in honor Saint Patrick’s life and the Irish culture. Seriously, who hasn't partaken in the festivities of Saint Patrick’s Day in some form or another? Traditionally, the March 17 of any given year is one in which Irish men, women, and children attend a morning church service then cast aside the restrictions of Lent to feast on Irish bacon, dance to Irish jigs, and drink ‘til their hearts are content. Many don green attire, attend parades, and relish in the lift of Lenten prohibitions regarding diet and drinking booze to show their public support of the Irish traditions, culture, and beliefs honoring the late saint. To help in the celebrations, and advance minds everywhere in some small way, we hope you enjoy the little bit of history and best words from this merry holiday. Have a happy and safe St. Patty's Day!

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