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Scottish Proverbs and Scottish Sayings

Scots have always been known for possessing opinions, and a definite attitude to both their country and to life. Here are a few of their pithy and enlightening sayings.
( Translated into English )

The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go astray.

He's the slave of all slaves who serve's none but himself.

The willing horse is always worked to death.

They that love must speak least.

They're not all saints that get the name of it.

Empty barrels make the most noise.

A wild goose never laid tame eggs.

Those that board with cats may count on scratches.

He that talks to himself speaks to a fool.

Better be a coward than a corpse.

Calling names brakes no bones.

Though the cow may die, the grass will still grow.

Give a beggar a bed and he'll pay you with a louse.

There's always life in a living man.

He goes long barefoot that waits for dead men's shoes.

There's aye sorrow at somebody's door.

The tree doesn't always fall at the first stroke.

The worst may be handled when it is known.

He never lies but when the holly is green.

The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.

He that counts all costs will never put plough in the earth.

If the Lord slight the lady so will the kitchen boys.

Liars should have good memories.

Fancy was a bonnie dog but fortune took the tail from it.

They're always good that's lives far away.

He that's born to be hanged will never be drowned.

Fair exchange is no robbery.

Where the craw flies her tail follows.

He that has a big nose thinks everyone speaks of it.

You cannot gather berries off a just any bush.

A bad wound may heal but a bad name will kill.

One good turn deserves another.

Wide ears and short tongues are best.

Better a good name than a fine face.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Biting and scratching is Scots folk's wooing.

Fair words won't make the pot boil.

Anger is more hurtful than the wrong that caused it.

If you spend a year with a cripple you'll limp at the end of it.

It is said that all Scots have a sense of humor

- because it is a free gift !

He was a bold man who first ate a Haggis.

Never argue - simply keep repeating your assertion.

Love of our neighbor is the only door out of the dungeon of self.

Friends are lost by calling too often, and calling too seldom.

Better keep the devil out, than have to put him out.

A fool may ask more than any wise man can ever answer.

Scottish by birth, British by law,

a Highlander by the grace of God.

After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.

A bald head is soon shaved

( An easy task is soon completed.)

A penniless man walks fast through the market.

I fear I have nothing original in me.

Excepting original sin.

Whisky may not cure the common cold ……

but it fails more agreeably than most other things.

Say but little and say it well.

Like the wind seeking the harbor !

All dogs go down on the strange dog.

He who is wettest let him go to the well.

Little by little, as the cat eats the fish.

Like bailing the sea with a creel.

The worst cow in the fold, lows the loudest.

What cannot be helped must be put up with.



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