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Old Irish (Gaelic) Sayings

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(1)Ni heolas go haontios
Means:
There is no knowledge without unity or
(more prosaically & less accurately):
You don't know a person until you live with them .

(2) Bionn dha insint ar sceal agus dha leagan deag ar amhran
Means:
There are two versions of/two sides to every story & (at least) twelve versions of every song.

(3)Is maith an scathan suil charad
Means:
A (true) friend's eye is a good mirror .

(4) Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach
Means:
An awkward colt often becomes a beautiful horse .

(5) An te nach mbionn laidir ni follair do bheith glic !
Means:
He who is not strong must needs be cunning!