18 St. Patrick's Day Quotes To Prep You For An Amazing Celebration Of All Things Irish

The Irish are a very special group of people, and if there is one thing you will learn from these 18 St. Patrick's Day quotes, it's just that. Known to be bold, loud, and full of love, it's hard not to be drawn to Irish heritage and everything it stands for. Whether or not you have any Irish blood in you, it's always a wonderful thing to embrace a culture and celebrate it.

This March 17 you can enjoy the crazy St. Patrick's Day parades, the popping bars, and the endless green fashion all day long, but before you get your celebration going, make sure you know what stands behind it all: the Irish. From Pope John Paul II and Colin Farrell to Bonnie Tyler and Tennessee Williams, these quotes are all over the spectrum with their messages.

However, despite how much these quotes vary, there's one thing that they all have in common, and that's an understanding and love for Ireland and the people who come from that beautiful country. Now pull up your green socks, start looking for your four leaf clover, and take a read through these 18 St. Patrick's Day quotes. St. Patrick's Day is a festive time indeed.

1. "Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it." — Pope John Paul II

2. "If you're Irish, it doesn't matter where you go — you'll find family." — Victoria Smurfit

3. "Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy." — Fiona Shaw

4. "They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." — Bobby Sands

5. "Luck is believing you're lucky." — Tennessee Williams

6. “Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.” — Colin Farrell

7. "The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world." — Norman Mailer

8. "I cannot shy away from controversy. I don't know if it's my Irish blood, but I love it." — Gina McCarthy

9. "If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for." — Patricia Lynch

10. "There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting." — John Millington Synge

11. "It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant." — James Joyce

12. "St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." — Adrienne Cook

13. "You think the Welsh are friendly, but the Irish are fabulous." — Bonnie Tyler

14. "It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody." — Brendan Behan

15. "I've had Irish skin from the time I was a young girl." — Lara Flynn Boyle

16. "The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick — who was an Irishman only by adoption." — Stephen Gwynn

17. "Being Irish, I always had this love of words." — Kenneth Branagh

18. "I think Irish women are strong as horses, incredibly loyal and for the most part, funny, witty, bright and optimistic in the face of devastating reality." — Fionnula Flanagan

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