17 Quotes and Irish Blessings to Celebrate the Luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day 2020

Millions of people will celebrate St. Patrick's Day—and with it, their Irish heritage—on Tuesday. Which means there will be parades, masses and lots of drinking.

In honor of the occasion, here are some quotes compiled by Wikiquote, Good Reads, Good Housekeeping and Quotabulary:

"No wonder that we Irish lads should be so free and frisky/Since St. Patrick taught us first the knack of drinking of good whiskey; 'Twas he that brew'd the best of malt, and understood distilling/For his mother she kept a shebeen shop in the town of Inniskillen!" - Shane Na Gael

"The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act." - Barbara Sher

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back." - Irish Blessing

"The way we are living/timorous or bold/will have been our life." - Seamus Heaney

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

"Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels." - Nora Roberts

"Now there's some take delight in the carriages a-rollin'/And others take delight in the hurling and the bowling/But I take delight in the juice of the barley/And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early" - Author Unknown, "Whiskey in the Jar," traditional Irish song

"The Irish are a very fair people, they never speak well of one another." - Samuel Johnson

"We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm." - Marianne Williamson

"The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination." - George Bernard Shaw

"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

"I got thousands of stories, you've heard them before, yet I'll tell them again and again/Come on, pull up a stool now and buy me a drink, and please think of me as a friend." - Ken Casey

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night." - Irish Blessing

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

"Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him!" - Irish Proverb

"What is more, let anyone laugh and taunt if he so wishes. I am not keeping silent, nor am I hiding the signs and wonders that were shown to me by the Lord many years before they happened, [he] who knew everything, even before the beginning of time." - Saint Patrick

"I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire." - Saint Patrick

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An Irish flag is held aloft over the crowds gathered to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Squarer on March 18, 2007 in London. Jeremy O'Donnell/Getty