Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But for some, association with the Emerald Isle on March 17 can induce a level of spirit that the true Irish can’t stand. Whether it’s donning stereotypical Leprechaun hats, downing Guinness or dying nearby rivers green, St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with public drunkenness and debauchery.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day has become an international celebration. Beginning in 1995, the Irish government made March 17 a national holiday in an effort to boost tourism. Today, approximately 1 million people attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.
For those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, below are some sayings to spread the luck of the Irish.
- There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.
- In Heaven there is no beer that’s why we drink it here!
- May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
- “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
- May the luck of the Irish be with you!
- You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.
- Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.
- Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord-and it makes you miss him.
- May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
- An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.
- May you live to be 100 years, with one extra year to repent.
- Better good manners than good looks.
- Lose an hour in the morning and you’ll be looking for it all day.