Back to Reading ~ Week 3

I’m addicted to books of wit and wisdom so I pounced on this little gem, created and produced by Teapot Press Ltd,  and published in 2016


It is quite unusual in that it draws together quotes and Irish sayings and proverbs on a wide range of topics and also has short biographies and quotes from ten famous Irish people: Brendan Behan, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Lady Augusta Gregory, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Sean O’Casey and William Butler Yeats.

Here’s a few of the quotes that have I’ve loved:

Words are the clothes thoughts wear. ( Samuel Beckett)


Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm, all along, out along, down along lea. A laugh is a great natural stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can laugh, we can live. It is the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living. ( Sean O’ Casey)


You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack -square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build. (Sean O’Casey)


The truth is rarely pure, and never simple. ( Oscar Wilde)


The way most people fail is in not keeping up the heart. (Lady Augusta Gregory)


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)


Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. (George Bernard Shaw)


If you love her in rags, your love will last. (Irish Proverb)


Money does not make you happy but  it quiets the nerves. (Samuel Beckett)

This is definitely a book for anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them or an interest in getting a feel for how we Irish carry on!




Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

17 thoughts on “Back to Reading ~ Week 3”

  1. Great sayings..I like this one…” Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to..Doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you imagined”.

  2. I often used to stroll around Merrion Square during my lunch hour and always stopped to contemplate the Wilde quotes, in the corner opposite his old house. Love the O’Casey ones – must make a point of reading some of his stuff.

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