Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Top Ten Quotes from Irish Authors

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear readers! Pardon the pause in entries here–I’ve been sick and busy and finally well again–but I missed you! ❤

St. Patrick’s Day is a beloved holiday, celebrating the patron saint of Ireland on the date of his death in the 5th century. I had no idea how much mythology had eclipsed the facts in popular customs, and that evolution of how stories grew into beliefs is just as fascinating as the stories and facts themselves. Many traditions actually began in America, some as a way for Irish immigrants to celebrate their nationality. Check out History.com’s brief video on that evolution here.

One of the traditions that started centuries ago was wearing green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day. As you know by now, I can never resist an opportunity to dress festively, so here was my business version of that today–complete with Facebook’s “emerald” filter:

Jennifer and I are 1/8 Irish–from our dad’s side–and our family usually celebrates rather casually with an Irish feast (thanks, Mom!) and watching The Quiet Man (my late grandpa’s favorite movie). It’s kind of neat to have a special day meant to celebrate that part of our heritage.

In honor of the holiday, I thought it would be fun to make this week’s Top 10 a list of literary quotes from Irish authors. If you have any favorites of your own–that is, Irish quotes or St. Patrick’s Day traditions–please share in the comments below!

Top 10 Quotes from Irish Authors


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(shared by PenguinRandomHouse)


(shared by trippsonfire)

(Two for Wilde because I couldn’t choose–shared by bebeneleben)


Bram Stoker (shared by Mortisia)


(shared by nuclearheartquotes)


(shared by harrypotterhousequotes)


(shared by rainebowstarsd)


(shared by artistiq-ue)


(shared by 2013yearoflettering)

(Two for Swift, too–shared by goddesswithinyou)


(shared by leilockheart)


(shared by trilliansthoughts)


I hope you liked the list! I also hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and avoided getting pinched by any leprechauns. Have a lovely week!

8 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Top Ten Quotes from Irish Authors

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      • I just checked out that post and left a comment there, but I would feel remiss to not also comment here, so, thank you. It is wonderful to meet someone so inspiring.

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  1. Reblogged this on Jelly-Side Up and commented:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear readers! To celebrate, I’m reblogging last year’s Top Ten Irish Author Quotes. Also, I’m posting Oreo’s official St. Patrick’s Day photo (edited courtesy of Jennifer):


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