A collection of proverbs in Irish with English equivalents and translations.
|Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile||It takes one to know one
(A beetle recognises another beetle)
|Bíonn adharca fada ar na buaidh thar lear||The grass is greener on the other side of the fence
(Cattle in faraway lands have long horns)
|Bíonn blas milis ar phraiseach na gcomharsan||The grass is greener on the other side of the fence
(The neighbour's porriage tastes sweet)
|Cleachtadh a dhéanann maistreacht||Practice makes perfect
("Practice makes mastery")
|Doras feasa fiafraí||Asking is the door to knowledge|
|Giorraíonn beirt bóthar||Two people shorten a road|
|Is binn béal ina thost||Silence is golden
("A silent mouth sounds sweet")
|Is maith an scáthán súil charad||A friend's eye is a good mirror|
|Is minic ciúin ciontach||The quiet one is often guilty|
|Is minic cú mall sona||A slow hound was often lucky|
|Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad||A light heart lives longest|
|Maireann na daoine ar scáil a chéile||The people live in one another's shadows|
|Marbh le tae agus marbh gan é||Dead with tea and dead without it|
|Moladh luath agus cáineadh mall||Early praise and delayed criticism|
|Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh||The only cure for love is marriage|
|Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin||There's no place like home
("There's no hearth like your own hearth")
|Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh||A good word never broke a tooth|
|Tarraingíonn scéal scéal eile||One story leads on to another|
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