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Inspiring Quotes from Irish Authors

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these mindful quotes from Irish authors.

We’ve gathered some of the most beautiful, most inspiring quotes from Irish authors, both classic and contemporary.

We hope you enjoy these … and share them with a friend!



“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.”

~Sean O’Casey


“The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness.”

~John O’Donohue



“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

~Oscar Wilde


“I believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life.”

~Maeve Binchy



“May you live every day of your life.”

~Jonathan Swift


“He traveled in order to come home.”

~William Trevor




“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

~Oscar Wilde


“Hmmm. I never get the answer I think I’m going to get.”

~Kate O’Brien




“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.”

~Laurence Sterne


“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”

~Frank McCourt




“We can only learn to love by loving.”

~Iris Murdoch


“Love will heal what language fails to know.”

~Eavan Boland


“What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow.”

~James Stephens




“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

~C.S. Lewis


“In dreams begin responsibility.”

~William Butler Yeats


“Dreams belong to each of us alone, just as pain does.”

~Colm Tóibín




“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

~James Joyce


“The world spins, we stumble on, it is enough.”

~Colum McCann


“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

~Samuel Beckett




“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

~Emma Donoghue


“All rising to great places is by a winding stair.”

~Francis Bacon


“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.”

~Edna O’Brien


Have a favorite quote by an Irish author you don’t see here? Share it in the comments!

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