Top 10 quotes that will make you proud to be Irish

Ireland is world-famous for its great literature so here are ten quotes that will make you proud to be Irish.

With writers, playwrights, and poets like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, and W. B. Yeats having emerged from Ireland and shared their talents with the world, is it any wonder there are so many inspirational Irish quotes out there?

Irish people have always been known for having a way with words, and that is why Irish blessings and prayers are so famous around the world.

There is a vast history when it comes to Irish blessings and prayers as many phrases that are commonly used today go back centuries and have been passed down through generations.

Ireland has inspired many of our great writers and artists, and it is thanks to that inspiration they have blessed us with so many beautiful quotes. Here are ten quotes that will make you proud to be Irish.

10. George Bernard Shaw — one of Ireland’s most prolific dramatists

George Bernard Shaw is one of Ireland's most prolific writers.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

No doubt fans of George Bernard Shaw know this one well. This beautiful quote is one that we should all live by.

9. Irish prayer — if there are two things the Irish love, it’s prayers and humour

Humour is very important to the Irish.

“Grant me a sense of humour, Lord, the saving grace to see a joke, to win some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folks.”

If there’s one thing the Irish are famous for it’s our prayers and our sense of humour. Combine the two, and it sums up the Irish culture and way of thinking, something that makes us all proud to be Irish.

8. Sean O’Casey — Irish dramatist and memoirist

Sean O'Casey is a well-known Irish dramatist and memoirist.

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”

The Irish love to laugh, and this quote sums up our wit and humour well because, in both good and bad times, the Irish always try to look on the bright side, and laughing certainly helps.

7. Irish saying — nothing beats an Irish cup of tea

The Irish love a good cup of tea.

“Life is like a cup of tea; it’s all in how you make it!”

Anything about tea, we can relate to it. The Irish take the making of a cup of tea rather seriously, so using tea as a metaphor for life is right on the money.

6. Thomas Moore — Irish-American actor and director

Thomas Moore was an Irish-American actor and director.

“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”

This quote refers to the way we act in our Irish homes, places that we show respect, love, and support, which make us proud to be Irish.

5. Irish saying — you’ve heard of the luck of the Irish

The Irish are very serious about their luck.

“May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.”

Irish sayings are just like prayers and blessings; they are upbeat and inspiring— this one refers to the famous Irish luck.

4. Jonathan Swift — Irish satirist and essayist

Jonathan Swift is well known for his book, Gulliver's Travels.

“You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.”

Well if these aren’t words to live by, we don’t know what are.

Swift is known for his notable works, such as Gulliver’s Travels. He is remembered for wisdom and knowledge much beyond his time.

3.  James Joyce — famous Irish novelist

James Joyce is a famous Irish novelist.

“To learn, one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.”

And humble is what the Irish people are indeed.

Joyce is one of the most well-known Irish writers, remembered for his prolific works such as The Dubliners.

2. W. B. Yeats — renowned Irish Poet

William Butler Yeats is a renowned Irish poet.
Photo of W.B. Yeats famous statue in Sligo Town.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

This beautiful quote by one of our most famous poets in history gives us a real zest for life.

Much of Yeats’ inspiration came from the Irish landscape, which in turn gave us so many of his unique literary pieces.

1. Oscar Wilde – Ireland’s most flamboyant dramatist and writer

Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest Irish writers of all time.

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are all dead.”

Wilde was famous for his flamboyant nature and wit, but most importantly, for his great plays. We can see why Wilde is so revered from this positive and loving quote, which makes us very proud to be Irish.

Considering all of the greats that have come from our small island, the list of inspirational Irish quotes could go on forever, but they are to be discovered at another point in time.

All of these magnificent and positive Irish quotes definitely make us proud to be Irish, and there’s no doubt that more will arise as the years go on. We can’t wait to hear from more talented and inspired poets, actors, dramatists, and songwriters in the future.