Sloan Column: Slainte! But go easy on the green beer
Once a religious holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become an annual day for revelry and partying.
For one day a year it’s Everything Irish. Green and more green, as far as the eye can see. It’s a day for four leaf clovers, leprechauns, and pinching for those who abstain. Savannah and Boston go all out with huge parades.
And, of course, there’s green beer – and lots of it.. We can thank non-Irish Professor Thomas H. Curtin, for that. He’s credited with serving the first green pints made green beer in his New York clubhouse in 1914. Too much of the emerald brew and your floor will look like a Cork countryside in the summertime.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s 50 Irish sayings, blessings, and proverbs taken from www.irisharoundtheworld.com.
1. May the road rise up to meet you.
2. For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.
3. You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
4. Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.
5. May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
6. Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
7. I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
8. Two people shorten the road.
9. A face without freckles is like a sky without stars
10. A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.
11. Beware of the anger of a patient man.
12. It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
13. Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.
14. It’s better to pay the butcher than the doctor.
15. God is good but never dance in a small boat.
16. God made time, but man made haste.
17. A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
18. Although wisdom is good in the beginning, it is better at the end.
19. However long the day, the evening will come.
20. Don’t fear an ill wind if your haystacks are tied down.
21. A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
22. The cat is always dignified until the dog comes by.
23. The man who has luck in the morning has luck in the afternoon.
24. The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
25. The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
26. Here’s to a fellow who smiles when life runs along like a song. And here’s to the lad who can smile when everything goes dead wrong.
27. Through the storms of life may the only thing brewing be your coffee.
28. There is luck in leisure.
29. May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch to your door, and happiness be your guest today and evermore.
30. May the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat.
31. If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.
32. Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.
33. Tis better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
34. May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
35. Grandchildren are gifts of God. It is God’s way of compensating us for growing old.
36. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.
37. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
38. May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.
39. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.
40. He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse that takes every advice.
41. Always remember that hindsight is the best insight to foresight.
42. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
43. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!
44. Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.
45. There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
46. What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.
47. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
48. May you only grow old in the face. Be treasured and cared for with grace.
49. May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.
50. May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!