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Irish Wit, Wisdom, & Humor

Irish Wit, Wisdom, & Humor


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here are some fun and favorite quotes from our newest book, Irish Wit, Wisdom & Humor: The Complete Collection of Irish Jokes, One-Liners & Witty Sayings.

“Irish is English set to music.”
Mary Michael Malloy

“Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.”
James Joyce

“In Ireland the inevitable never happens but the impossible always does.”
John P. Mahaffy

“You know it is summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer.”
Hal Roach

“Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.”
Shane Leslie

“Ireland is a little Russia in which the longest way round is the shortest way home.”
George Moore

“I finally found a diet that works in Ireland. I only eat when the weather’s good.”
Hal Roach

“Irishmen are street angels and house devils.”
Edna O’Brien

“What is an Irishman but a mere machine for converting potatoes into human nature?”
Edward Kenealy

“Let me make a prediction now: the twenty-first century will be the Age of the Irish.”
Mary McAleese

Irish Wit, Wisdom & Humor collects over 1000 witticisms, musings, deep thoughts, and one-liners from and about Ireland and its people. It features hundreds of authors, poets, comedians, actors, politicians and many more that best represent the Emerald Isle including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bono, Edna O’Brien, C.S. Lewis, Sinead O’Connor, George Bernard Shaw, and many others.

About the Author

Gerd de Ley is a former English teacher and has been a professional writer and actor since 1975. From an early age, Gerd has been an avid collector of quotations and proverbs from all over the world and has had more than 450 works published in Holland and Belgium. His most comprehensive book, Het Grootste Citatenboek ter Wereld (translated as The Greatest Quotation Book in the World), was published in 2009 and contains over 40,000 quotes. For the past two decades, Gerd has worked together with linguist David Potter to bring his work to English audiences, resulting in publications in England, USA, India, Finland, China, and Vietnam.

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Written by Gerd De Ley
978-1-57826-734-7, $15.00 hardcover

Published by Hatherleigh Press.
Distributed through Penguin Random House.
Available wherever books are sold.