82 Quotes About Ireland And the Irish Spirit Celebrating the Emerald Isle

Step into the wonderful world of Ireland! We’ve gathered some cool quotes about Ireland and the Irish spirit that show off what makes Emerald Isle amazing.

Imagine green fields that go on forever and super-friendly people. It’s like a warm hug from a country! Get ready to feel happy and inspired as we hear what folks have to say about this beautiful place and its welcoming charm!

10 Best Quotes About Ireland And the Irish Spirit

1. “You can take a man out of Ireland, but you can’t take the Irishness out of the man.— Tyson Fury

2. “Ireland has always been the home of the dreamer, the poet and the storyteller.” — Jordan Richard

3. “There are only two classes of people—the Irish and those who wish they were Irish.”Therese Duffy

4. “Ireland, once you live there, you’re seduced by it.” — Frank McCourt

5. “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.” — Pope John Paul II

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare / Quotes About Ireland

6. “The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” — Stephen Gwynn

7. “There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.” — John Millington Synge

8. “I’m Irish!…When I feel well I feel better than anyone, when I am in pain I yell at the top of my lungs, and when I am dead I shall be deader than anybody.” — Morgan Llywelyn

9. “The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.” — George Bernard Shaw

10. “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”Alex Levine

Inspirational Quotes About Ireland

11. “We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.” — Marianne Williamson

12. “I see the world through Irish eyes, and they are smiling.” — Denise Morrison

13. “To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Fanad Head Lighthouse, County Donegal / Quotes About Ireland

14. “To anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them the land they live on is like their mother. It’s the only thing that lasts, that’s worth working for, worth fighting for.” — Alexandra Ripley

15. “Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.” — Fiona Shaw

16. “Ireland was a place for the renewal of hope and I still see it like that.”Daniel Day-Lewis

17. “I went to Cork, Ireland, and stood on the dock some of my ancestors had left from. I felt their ghosts gather round me, and I cried to imagine what it must have felt like – leaving that beautiful land and those beloved people, knowing it was forever.— Luanne Rice

18. “Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” — Nora Roberts

Dark Hedges Tree Tunnel in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland / Quotes About Ireland

19. “The reason the Irish are always fighting each other is they have no other worthy opponents.”

20. “I’d never had any problem finding inspiration; Ireland was always just there, you know? All this richness of culture was there to tap into.— Brendan Gleeson

21. “Ireland, sir, for good or evil, is like no other place under heaven, and no man can touch its sod or breathe its air without becoming better or worse.”George Bernard Shaw

22. “If you’re Irish, it doesn’t matter where you go—you’ll find family.” — Victoria Smurfit

Quotes About the Beauty of Ireland

23. “Ireland, it’s the one place on earth that heaven has kissed with melody, mirth, and meadow and mist.” — Irish Saying

24. “I really enjoyed shooting in Ireland. The people are so lovely. I hope I don’t offend anyone in saying this, but the nature reminded me of Americans: everyone was warm and open and easy to talk to. And Ireland is so beautiful and lusciously green.”Maya Hawke

25. “Winterfell is atop of this huge mountain in Northern Ireland, and you can see all these weather fronts coming in. Basically, the sky circles the mountain. It’s the most beautiful place.” — Kristian Nairn

26. “I love Ireland. I feel very at peace there. It’s just magical and beautiful.” — Eva Green

Quotes About Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede, Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland / Quotes About Ireland

27. “I always went to Ireland as a child. I remember trips to Dundalk, Wexford, Cork and Dublin. My gran was born in Dublin, and we had a lot of Irish friends, so we’d stay on their farms and go fishing. They were fantastic holidays – being outdoors all day and coming home to a really warm welcome in the evenings.” — Vinnie Jones

28. “I love our shared island, our shared Ireland and its core decency. I love it for its imagination and its celebration of the endless possibilities for our people.” — Michael D. Higgins

29. “It’s beautiful, shooting in Ireland. It’s an amazing country.” — Travis Fimmel

30. “I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.”Lady Gregory

31. “We survive. We’re Irish. We have the souls of poets. We love our misery, we delight in the beauty of strange places and dark places in our hearts.” — Ellis Flynn

Dunquin Pier, Dingle Peninsula / Quotes About Ireland

32. “The landscape in Ireland is just – I’ve never been in such a beautiful place with the lakes and ocean and everything.”Travis Fimmel

33. “It’s just very homey in Ireland. It’s very comforting and comfortable. There’s lots of fireplaces with fires. It’s just really cozy.” — Amy Adams

34. “I’ll tell you what, it doesn’t get more beautiful than the west of Ireland. Connemara and County Derry are quite stunning, really.”Matthew Goode

35. “I heard you went to Ireland…I haven’t seen it in many years. Is it still green then, and beautiful?” — Diana Gabaldon

36. “Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I’ll end up living there.” — Anne Hathaway

Quotes About the Irish Spirit

37. “In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn’t mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it’s no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting. In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don’t get any damned tea. I liked the Irish way better.” — C.E. Murphy

38. “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” — William Butler Yeats

39. “I carry the flag of Ireland all the time. I want to represent my country.”Conor McGregor

40. “I think being a woman is like being Irish… Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the time.” — Iris Murdoch

41. “There’s no sense to being Irish unless you know the world’s going to break your heart.” Thomas Adcock

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

Kylemore Castle in Connemara / Quotes About Ireland

43. “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad / For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.” — G.K. Chesterton

44. “It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.” — Brendan Behan

45. “Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk. They had somehow got it into their heads that each fairy lugged around a pot of gold with him wherever he went. While it was true that LEP had a ransom fund, because of its officers’ high-risk occupation, no human had ever taken a chunk of it yet. This didn’t stop the Irish population in general from skulking around rainbows, hoping to win the supernatural lottery.” — Eoin Colfer

46. “When I was a kid, if you didn’t speak Irish, you really wanted to. And you played Gaelic games and you didn’t pay any attention to what was happening in the outside world, because really, Ireland was the center of the universe. And I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Although, admittedly, it is the center of the universe.” — Roddy Doyle

47. “Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred, little room, maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother’s womb a fanatic heart.” — William Butler Yeats

48. “Eternal is the fact that the human creature born in Ireland and brought up in its air is Irish. I have lived for twenty years in Ireland and for seventy-two in England; but the twenty came first and in Britain I am still a foreigner and shall die one.”George Bernard Shaw

49. “The tune was sad, as the best of Ireland was, melancholy and lovely as a lover’s tears.”Nora Roberts

Connemara, Ireland / Quotes About Ireland

50. “At home in Ireland, there’s a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.” — Seamus Heaney

51. “Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.” — John McGahern

52. “Everybody gets too drunk sometimes; and even if everybody didn’t, I have gotten too drunk sometimes. I haven’t hurt anybody. In Ireland we drink a lot. It’s part of our culture. I like drinking. I don’t think it’s a bad thing.” — Andrea Corr

53. “I was raised in a very old-fashioned Ireland where women were reared to be lovely.”Anne Enright

54. “Leprechauns were once fierce warriors who protected the coast from marauders and defended the land. Then Christianity showed up and decided to do away with all that, and they downplayed the heroic actions of those warriors to the extent that we see them as the iconic little guys with pots of gold today. Nothing quite like a group of gossiping Christians to turn the tide on historical events, huh?” — Paula Millhouse

55. “It’s an Irish story, love…We don’t do happy endings.” — Kersten Hamilton

56. “I have a theory about Ireland, being at the edge of Europe. For 1,000 years, people didn’t know what was beyond. But we thought about it – a lot. And that ‘beyond’ became internalized in our psyche.” — Conor McPherson

57. “The cup of Ireland’s misery has been overflowing for centuries and is not yet half full.” — Boyle Roche

Funny Quotes About Ireland

58. “What is Irish diplomacy? It’s the ability to tell a man to go to Hell so that he will look forward to making the trip.” — Irish Saying

59. “I actually don’t think Ireland has a summer. I never experienced a summer there. It was just so wet.”Travis Fimmel

60. “When Irish eyes are smiling, watch your step.” — Gerald Kersh

61. “Dublin University contains the cream of Ireland: rich and thick. — Samuel Beckett

62. “Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.” — James Joyce

63. “Ireland is a great place to be odd.” — Roisin Murphy

64. “We had an Irish cook once when I was a boy. Potato pie, potato custard, potatoes with potato sauce.” — Cassandra Clare

65. “Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.” — Shane Leslie

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary / Quotes About Ireland

66. “Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.” — Dave Barry

67. “You know it is summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer.” — Hal Roach

68. “This [the Irish] is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.”Sigmund Freud

69. “If a man who can’t count finds a four leaf clover, is he lucky?” — Stanislaw Lem

70. “What I’ve said before, only half in joke, is that everybody in Ireland is famous. Or, maybe better, say everybody is familiar.”Seamus Heaney

71. “Many people die of thirst, but the Irish are born with one.” — Spike Milligan

72. “Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.— Liam Neeson

73. “We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” — Winston Churchill

74. “In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.” — John Pentland Mahaffy

Giant’s Causeway, Antrim / Quotes About Ireland

75. “I hate wearin’ sunglasses, to be honest with you. You don’t need sunglasses in Ireland.” — Tristan MacManus

76. “That’s what the holidays are for—for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the Irish way?” — Lara Flynn Boyle

77. “Irish males are a piece of work, are they not? — Bono

78. “I’m Irish. I think about death all the time. — Jack Nicholson

79. “When I get a very generous introduction like that I explain that I’m emotionally moved, but on the other hand I’m Irish and the Irish are very emotionally moved. My mother is Irish and she cries during beer commercials.” — Barry McCaffrey

80. “Ireland. Great for the spirit – very bad for the body.” — Hugh Dancy

81. “I’m Irish, so I’m used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there, and I’ll call it dinner. — Liam Neeson

82. “God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world. — Ed McMahon

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