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Top 10 Inspiring Irish Quotes

Some days you just need some motivation to kick start your next big adventure. The IrelandWays team loves picking out their favourite Irish quotes so we wanted to share some of our favourites with you. For these quotes we have handpicked inspiring words from some of the most famous Irish authors. One by one these quotes will encourage you to jump off the couch, kick off your next journey and explore the outdoors.



“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery” James Joyce

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything” George Bernard Shaw

“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall” Oliver Goldsmith


“Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal, pouring redemption for me” Patrick Kavanagh

“Do not wait to strike ’til the iron is hot; but make is hot by striking” W.B. Yeats


“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.” C.S. Lewis

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” Oscar Wilde


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” George Bernard Shaw

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde


“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way” Seamus Heaney

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