Scottish Proverbs

Scottish Proverb

“Be happy while you’re living, For you’re a long time dead.”

“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

“Time and tide wait for no man.”

“Money is flat and was meant to be piled up.”

“Never marry for money. You can borrow it cheaper.”

“A penny saved is a penny gained.”

“A fool may earn money, but it takes a wise man to keep it.”

“A day to come seems longer than a year that’s gone.”

“You will never know a man until you do business with him.”

“A proud mind and an empty purse grow ill together.”

“Understand the boat and the boat will understand you.”

“Better keep the devil at the door than have to turn him out of the house.”

“A good tale never tires in the telling.”

“A penny saved is a penny gained.”

“Be slow in choosing a friend but slower in changing him.”

“Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom.”

“He goes long barefoot that waits for dead men’s shoes.”

“A liar should have a good memory.

“Better bend than break.”

“Self-assurance is two-thirds of success.”

“Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.”

“All that’s said in the kitchen should not be told in the hall.”

“Better be the lucky man than the lucky man’s son.”

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.”

“Fools look to tomorrow; wise men use tonight.”

“Common sense hides shame.”

“Get what you can and keep what you have; that’s the way to get rich.”

“Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.”

“Never let your feet run faster than your shoes.”

“To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.”

“They that smell least, smell best.”

“Never marry for money. You can borrow it cheaper.

”They that dance must pay the fiddler

“They speak of my drinking but never think of my thirst.”

“Marriages are all happy–it’s having breakfast together that causes most of the trouble.”

“Hang a thief when he’s young, an he’ll no’ steal when he’s auld.”

“Him that’s born to be hanged will never be drowned.”

“He who marries a chicken soon gets henpecked.”

“No matter how much you applaud the jukebox, you have put another quarter in for an encore.”

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.

What we first learn we best ken (know).

When one door sticks, another one opens.

When wine sinks, words swim.

Whisky may not cure the common cold, but it fails more agreeably than most other things.

Wink at small faults – your own are muckle (great)

Ye canna make a silk purse of a sow’s lug (a pig’s ear).

You may as well keep your breath to cool your porridge.

He goes long barefoot and waits for dead men’s shoes.

He’s as welcome as water in a holed ship.

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

He that lives upon hope has a slim diet.

He that teaches himself has a fool for a master.

“It is an ill cause that the lawyers think shame o'”

Most bad things that happen have a good result for someone

Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more.

Little wit o’ the head gives the feet much to do.

Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Mair by guid luck than guid guidance.

Money is flat and was meant to be piled up.

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