50 Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes on Celebrating Irish Heritage

Reading this list of Saint Patrick’s Day quotes will make you appreciate Irish customs and traditions! 

Every 17th of March, Irish people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This date is significant as it was the time when St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. At the same time, it also marks the dissolution of ancient pagan religions.

St. Patrick was an academic leader known for his missionary work in the Catholic faith. Over the years, his teachings spread throughout the country, resulting in the most well-known religion in Ireland.

Just with this information, we can see just how influential St. Patrick is in the history of Catholicism.

In fact, the symbol of the shamrock and the color green that Irish people use every Saint Patrick’s Day came from him.

We’re sure you all know of the infamous green parades, green food, and green everything! That’s all part of the Irish people’s celebration. 

If you want to join the fun, read this list of Saint Patrick’s Day quotes!

Aside from learning about the event’s history, you might even earn some luck from the many Irish blessings we’ve included!

Let’s get started!

And don’t forget to check out these Labor Day quotes.

Best Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes

1. “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time—a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” – Adrienne L. Cook

2. “St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our green heritage. The ancestry of Ireland. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be Irish and of Irish descent.” – Anthony T. Hicks

3. “Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not, everyone has a little luck o’ the Irish in them.” – Laura Sommers

4. “It’s St. Paddy’s Day, everyone’s Irish tonight. Why don’t you just pull up a stool and have a drink with us?” – Norman Reedus

5. “Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but if your name is Eisenhower, you’ve got to wear something green to show it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes to Highlight How People Celebrate It

6. “The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in gratitude for the service which he did them in bringing to the Irish their most priceless possession—the gift of faith.” – Therese Duffy

7. “St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration filled with folklore, fantasy, food, and fun. From shamrocks and leprechauns to green food and drink, this is a holiday for all ages.” – Anonymous

8. “St. Paddy’s Day is our celebration day for Ireland’s favorite saint who both saved us from the snakes and gave us our own day to celebrate our Irish heritage.” – Paddy O’Furniture

9. “On St. Patrick’s Day, the traditional Irish family would rise early and find a solitary sprig of shamrock to put on their somber Sunday best. Then they’d spend the morning in church listening to sermons about how thankful they should be that St. Patrick saved such a bunch of ungrateful sinners. Nobody wore green clothing as it was considered an unlucky color not suitable for church.” – Rashers Tierney

10. “The Irish have gained a reputation over the centuries for being very warm, kind, and hospitable people. These characteristics are most in evidence on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th every year, when people of Irish descent organize parades and parties.” – Shannon Ferrell

11. “Part of our Irish heritage is artfully combining fine food, drinks, music, and conversation on this blessed day to make good times. And showing that our Irish hearts are open and loving, anyone can be Irish on St. Paddy’s day.” – Paddy O’Furniture

12. “For the whole world is Irish on the 17th o’ March!” – Thomas Augustine Daly

Funny Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes

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

14. “Be sure to wear green on March 17, or else Irish leprechauns pinch your bones clean!” – Richelle E. Goodrich

15. “As I write this, St. Patrick’s Day is in a full bore in midtown. It’s delightful how celebrating a heritage requires you to pick fights with strangers and then pee in a parking garage.” – Greg Gutfeld

16. “What’s the greenest holiday on the planet? St. Patrick’s Day!” – Anonymous

17. “It is St Patrick’s Day, and here at Scranton, that is a huge deal. It is the closest that the Irish will ever get to Christmas.” – Steve Carell

18. “You don’t believe in magic spells or longings coming true. Yet, head-to-toe you dress in green on Patty’s Day, you do.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

19. “May everything turn green today, except your gills!” – Lester B. Dill

20. “That’s what the holidays are for; for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the Irish way?” – Lara Flynn Boyle

21. “Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I’m always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle.” – Pat Maloney

22. “A wish for a kiss on St. Patrick’s Day! Catch a leprechaun, but don’t let him run. Nay, kiss him right away!” – Richelle E. Goodrich

Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes That’ll Introduce Ireland’s Patron Saint

23. “Saint Patrick was a gentleman who, through strategy and stealth, drove all the snakes from Ireland; here’s a toast to his health. But not too many toasts, lest you lose yourself and then forget the good Saint Patrick and see all those snakes again.” – Anonymous

24. “St. Patrick—one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish.” – Charles M. Madigan

25. “The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all, no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” – Stephen Gwynn

26. “Here is the enigma of Patrick: he looms large on the imaginative horizon of so many people, yet he saw himself as a Christian bishop from the embattled edge of a crumbling empire.” – Thomas O’Loughlin

27. “St. Patrick has always been acknowledged as a pivotal figure in early Irish history and spirituality.” – John Skinner

28. “Slave, bishop, and saint—it’s fair to say that the man we call Patrick had an unusual life.” – Marian Broderick

Positive Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes to Fill Your Day With Irish Blessings

29. “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” – Anonymous

30. “May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.” – Anonymous

31. “Wishing you a pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day.” – Anonymous

32. “Great things, good things, and everyday things, too, that’s my hope for you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” – Anonymous

33. “May the love and protection Saint Patrick can give be yours in abundance as long as you live.” – Anonymous

34. “May you be blessed with luck this St. Patrick’s Day.” – Anonymous

35. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” – Anonymous

36. “May your pockets be heavy, and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” – Anonymous

37. “May your troubles be less. And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness comes through your door.” – Anonymous

38. “May the luck of the Irish lead to happiest heights and the highway you travel be lined with green lights.” – Anonymous

39. “May you always walk in the sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings beside your nursery door.” – Susi Hawke

Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes for Everyone Curious About the Shamrock

40. “For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.” – Anonymous

41. “Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and, if you can find a four-leaf clover, the fourth leaf represents luck.” – Jean LeGrand

42. “If he laid on the Irish any thicker, she’d be drowning in shamrocks.” – Nalini Singh

More Saint Patrick’s Day Quotes for Those Who Believe In Superstitions

43. “Never iron a four-leaf clover because you don’t want to press your luck.” – Irish Proverb

44. “When you make a wee wish on a green four-leafed clover, may your belly stay full and your cup runneth over.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

45. “If you work, if you wait, you will find the place where the four-leaf clovers grow.” – Ella Higginson

46. “May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams.” – Anonymous

47. “An old Irish recipe for longevity: leave the table hungry. Leave the bed sleepy. Leave the bar thirsty.” – Anonymous

48. “Imagine if we were all magical leprechauns, and every wish ever made on a four-leaf clover obliged us to help others obtain their wishes. Now imagine if people simply lived like this were true.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

49. “Leprechauns were once fierce warriors who protected the coast from marauders and defended the land. Then Christianity showed up and decided to do away with all that, and they downplayed the heroic actions of those warriors to the extent that we see them as the iconic little guys with pots of gold today. Nothing quite like a group of gossiping Christians to turn the tide on historical events, huh?” – Paula Millhouse

50. “Corned beef and cabbage and leprechaun men, colorful rainbows hide gold at their end. Shamrocks and clovers with three leaves plus one, dress up in green—add a top hat for fun. Steal a quick kiss from the lasses in red, a tin whistle tune off the top of my head. Friends, raise a goblet and offer this toast—the luck of the Irish and health to our host!” – Richelle E. Goodrich

Did You Learn Anything New About Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most defining events for the Irish people. Well, this is no surprise as the 17th of March celebrates and honors their patron saint, St. Patrick.

Aside from honoring him, Saint Patrick’s Day is also a day to show their pride in their culture. After all, it’s a day and a celebration that’s so unique to them. Even if you don’t know about the event itself, we’re sure you’ve seen at least one photo of their green celebration!

The streets would be filled with parades, parties, and many other ceremonies every year. In some places, people bring out pots of gold coins to pray for good luck for the coming year. 

With that, we hope this list of Saint Patrick’s Day quotes was able to give you a better understanding of Irish culture. Remember, it’s not just about drinking, wearing, and parading around in green. It’s also about respecting, loving, and appreciating Irish heritage and traditions!

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