The Irish are known for their facility with words. You may have heard the story of Queen Elizabeth I, while requesting an oath of loyalty to retain occupancy of land, received responses from Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, which amounted to subtle diplomacy, and promised loyalty to the Queen without "giving in." Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her "(a lot of) blarney," thus apparently giving rise to the legend that the Blarney Stone would impart the gift of gab. John O'Connor Power says: 'Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience."
The ability to flatter with humor and wit is also known to extend to the Irish ability to speak pleasing words to a lover (or potential lover). Since St. Valentine is buried in Ireland, some of these sayings may be very handy for those observing his day.
1. Pulse of my heart, song of my soul, light of my night.
2. May you have warm hands on a cold evening.
3. It is easy to half the potato when there is love.
4. Love him when he least deserves it, that's when he most needs it.
5. Love makes time pass, beware time making love pass.
6. Always trust, when mistrust comes love goes out.
7. I believe there is a sun when it is not shining, I believe there is a God when I cannot see him, I believe there is love when I feel it not.
8. Beware an Irishman who loves his wife the most but his mother the longest.
9. Trouble in love hates nothing more than a smile.
10. Love is like a lifeboat on the stormy sea of life.