St. Pat's Day Quotes and Sayings

St. Pat's Day Quotes and Sayings to Honor the Patron Saint of Ireland

St Patrick's Day Parade Marches Up New York's Fifth Avenue
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St. Pat, as St. Patrick is fondly called, is the most prominent saint in Irish history. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of his death anniversary. Irish families celebrate by feasting and offering prayers. In the evening, parties and parades dominate the scene, with shamrock festivals and colorful costume extravaganzas. The celebration often goes on till the wee hours of the morning.

Celebrate St. Pat's Day on March 17 to honor the great saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Though there are no accurate accounts about the origin of St. Patrick's Day, some Irish people believe that the patron saint of Ireland introduced Christianity there. As a part of the tradition, the Irish wish their family and friends with Irish blessings. These Irish blessings are studded with witticisms and wisdom. Share these St. Pat's Day quotes and sayings with your Irish friends.

  • Mary Elizabeth Blake
    For 'tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray,
    And it's green, green, green, all the happy night and day;
    Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,
    And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all.
  • Katherine Tynan
    O, the red rose may be fair,
    And the lily statelier;
    But my shamrock, one in three
    Takes the very heart of me!
  • Andrew Cherry
    There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
    'Twas St Patrick himself, sure, that set it;
    And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile,
    And with dew from his eye often wet it.
    It thrives through the bog, through the brake, and the mireland;
    And he called it the dear little shamrock of Ireland...
  • Irish Blessing
    May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
  • Walter Savage Landor
    And about her courts were seen
    Liveried angels robed in green,
    Wearing, by St Patrick's bounty,
    Emeralds big as half the county.
  • Maurice Francis Egen
    The shamrock on an older shore
    Sprang from a rich and sacred soil
    Where saint and hero lived of yore,
    And where their sons in sorrow toil.
  • Irish Blessing
    May luck be our companion
    May friends stand by our side
    May history remind us all
    Of Ireland's faith and pride.
    May God bless us with happiness
    May love and faith abide.
  • Edwin Markham
    With the frost he kindled fire;
    Drove the snakes from brake and brier,
    Hurling out the writhing brood
    With the lightning of his rood.
  • Old Irish Song
    There's ne'er a mile in Ireland's Isle where the dirty vermin musters;
    Where'er he put his dear forefoot he murdered them in clusters.
    The toads went hop, the frogs went flop, slapdash into the water,
    And the beasts committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter.
  • Alfred Percival Graves
    When after the Winter alarmin',
    The Spring steps in so charmin',
    So fresh and arch
    In the middle of March,
    Wid her hand St. Patrick's arm on...
  • Stephen Gwynn
    The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick - who was an Irishman only by adoption.
  • John Pentland Mahaffey
    In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
  • Thomas Kettle
    Ireland is a small but insuppressible island half an hour nearer the sunset than Great Britain.
  • Irish Blessing
    May your blessings outnumber
    The shamrocks that grow,
    And may trouble avoid you
    Wherever you go.
  • Frederick Langbridge
    Oh, while a man may dream awake,
    On gentle Irish ground,
    'Tis Paradise without the snake -
    That's easy to be found.
  • Henry Bennett
    Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman
    Who came of decent people;
    He built a church in Dublin town,
    And on it put a steeple.
  • Patricia Lynch
    If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for.
  • Henry Bennett
    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
    May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
  • G. K. Chesterton
    For the great Gaels of Ireland
    Are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry,
    And all their songs are sad.
  • Irish Blessing
    May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.
  • William Maginn
    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
  • Thomas Augustin Daly
    Oh, the music in the air!
    An' the joy that's ivrywhere -
    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!
  • Arthur Brisbane
    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.