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There's nothing like a good proverb, and there's no better way to give your card that special touch than by choosing the right one. This page is full of wonderful proverbs that we have assembled in Gaelic with the English translation, we hope that you and enjoy and/or use them.

A tip to spice up your ecard, copy one of these proverbs, then paste it into your ecard. We also have a selection of blessings and sayings for you to read and use.

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Dá fheabhas é an t-ól is é an tart a dheireadh.
Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

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An rud nach leigheasann im ná uisce beatha níl aon leigheas air.
What butter or whiskey doesn't cure, cannot be cured.

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An té a dtéann cáil na mochéirí amach
dó ní miste dó codladh go méanlae.
He who gets a name for early rising
can stay in bed until midday.

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Molann an obair an fear.
The work praises the man.

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Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
Praise the young and they will blossom.

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Bionn ceann caol ar an óige.
You cannot put an old head on the young.

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Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh.
The only cure for love is marriage.

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Is é do mhac do mhac go bpósann sé,
ach is í d'iníon go bhfaighidh tú bás.
Your son is your son till he takes a wife,
but your daughter is your daughter for all of your life.

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Ní thuigeann an sách an seang.
The well-fed does not understand the lean.

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Is buaine port ná glór na n-éan,
Is buaine focal ná toice an tsaoil.
A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds,
And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.

De réir a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin.
It takes time to build castles.

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Is maith an scáthán súil charad.
A friend's eye is a good mirror.

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Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad.
A light heart lives long.

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Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.
There is no fireside like your own fireside.

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Is fada an bóthar nach mbíonn casadh ann.
It is a long road that has no turning.

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Is gaire cabhair Dé ná an doras.
God's help is nearer than the door.

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Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir.
Time is a great storyteller.

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An rud a líonas an tsúil líonann sé an croí.
What fills the eye fills the heart.

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Bíonn súil le muir ach ní bhíonn súil le tír.
There's hope from the ocean but none from the grave.
(an emigrant's proverb)

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Ní dhéanfach an saol capall rás d'asal.
All the world would not make a racehorse from an ass.

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Bíonn gach tosach lag.
Every beginning is weak.

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Is teann madra ar a thairseacht féin.
Every dog is bold on its own doorstep.

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Is glas na cnoic i bhfad uainn.
Distant hills look green.

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Giorraíonn beirt bóthar.
Two shorten the road.

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Ni he la na gaofar la na scoilb.
Don't make hay on a windy day.

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Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras.
Hunger is a good sauce.

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Is beag an domhain é.
It's a small world.

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Is fearr go mall ná go brách.
Better late than never.

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Is maith le Dia cúnamh.
God helps those who help themselves.

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Grá, Dilseaght, Cairdeas
Love, Loyalty, Friendship.

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