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Haud Yer Wheesht!: Your Scottish Granny's Favourite Sayings
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Your Scottish Fathers Favourite Sayings
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Scottish Sayings

A bad wound may heal, but a bad name will kill.
A bairn may creep before it walks.
A bald head is soon shaved.
A bark from a toothless dog is as good as a bite.
A bauld fae is better than a cowardly friend.
A bawbee cat may look at a king.

A beggar's wallet is a mile to the bottom.
Because it generally contrives to contain all he gets.

A bird in the hand's worth two fleeing by.
A bit is aften better given than eaten.
A black hen can lay a white egg.

A blate cat makes a proud mouse.
When discipline is not enforced, subordinates are apt to take advantage of it.

A blind man needs no looking-glass.
A blind man's wife needs nae painting.
A blythe heart maks a blooming look.

A body's no broke while they hae a gude kail stock.
"When all is not lost, all can be recovered."

Bonnie gryce may mak an ugly sow.
"Fair in the cradle may be foul in the saddle. "

A borrowed len' should gae laughing hame.
When we return an article which has been borrowed, to its owner, we should do it with a good grace.

A bow overbent will weaken.
Abundance of law breaks nae law.
A careless watch invites the thief.
All cats are grey in the dark.

A close mouth catches no flies.
"A shut mouth keeps me out of strife."

A cock's aye crouse on his own midden-head.
"A cock is valiant on his own dunghill."

All complain of want of silver, but none of want o' sense.
A coward's fear makes a brave man braver.
A crackit bell will never mend.
A' cracks mauna be trew'd.
All that is heard must not be believed.
A crafty man's never at peace.

A crammed kyte maks a crazy carcasse.
"A full belly sets a man jigging."

A crow will not wash white.

A crooked man should sow beans, and a woad man peas.
"The one agrees to be thick sown, the other thin."

A crookit stick will throw a crookit shadow.
A cuddy's gallop's soon done.
A cumbersome cur is hated in company.
A daft nurse makes a wise wean.
A day to come seems longer than a year that's gone.
A dear ship lies long in the harbour.
A dish of married love grows soon cold.

A dog winna yowl if ye fell him wi' a bane.
"Pelt a dog with bones, and you will not offend him."

A dry summer ne'er made a dear peck.
"Drought never bred dearth."

A duck winna dabble aye in ae hole.

A dumb man hauds all.
That is, figuratively, makes no disclosures.

A dumb man never got land.

A dumb man wins nae law.
A loquacious advocate is more likely to gain his case than a taciturn one.

The wit of this saying, too often heard in Scotland in the past, is not to be commended, and is quoted with reservations:
Ach, he's nae guid. A kent his faither.
(A real case of 'A prophet being without honour in his own country'.)

Ae fine thing needs twa to set it aff
Ae good friend is worth mony relations.
Ae gude turn deserves another.
Ae half of the warld disna ken how the ither half lives.
Ae hand winna wash the other for nought.
Ae hour in the morning is worth two at night.
Ae hour's cauld will drive out seven years heat.
Ae lawsuit breeds twenty.

Ae man may steal a horse where anither daurna look ower the hedge.
A man with a bad character is liable to be blamed for any misdeed which may be done; while a person who is not open to suspicion may commit depredation without challenge.

Ae man's meat is another man's poison.

Ae scabbit sheep will smit a hirsel.
One bad character may pollute a whole company.

Ae scone o' that baking's enough.

Ae shook o' that stook's enough.
One specimen of a bad article is sufficient.

Ae swallow disna mak a summer.
Ae word before is worth twa behind.
A' fails that fools think.
A fa'ing maister maks a standin' man.
A fair maid tocherless will get mair wooers than husbands.
A fair offer is nae cause o' feud.

Affront your friend in daffin', and tine him in earnest.
Affront him not in jest, lest you lose him in earnest.

A fidging mare should be wed girded.
"A thief does not always steal, but always be on your guard against him."

A findsilly bairn gars his faither be hang'd.
A fisherman's walk, two steps and overboard.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
A fool at forty will never be wise.
A fool is happier thinking well of himself, than a wise man is of others thinking well of him.
A fool may earn money, but it taks a wise man to keep it.
A fool may give a wise man a counsel.
A fool may speer mair questions than a wise man can answer.
A fool's bolt is soon shot.
A fool winna give his toy for the Tower of London.
A foul hand maks a clean hearthstane.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend to all is a friend to none.
"Everybody's friend is nobody's friend."

A friend's dinner's soon dished.
That is, a true friend is easily served, and will not readily take offence.

A friend's never ken't till he's needed.

Aft counting keeps friends lang thegither.
"Short accounts make long friends."

After a storm comes a calm.
After cheese, naething.
After clouds comes fair weather.
After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
After joy comes annoy.
After Lammas, corn ripens by day and night.
After that comes a cow to be shod.

After words come weird: fair fa' them that ca' me "Madam."
After libel comes proof: let those who speak ill of me look to themselves.

After you is gude manners.
"Spoken when our betters offer to serve us first"

Aft ettle, whiles hit.
Often try, occasionally succeed.
Aft times the cautioner pays the debt
A full cup is ill to carry.
A full heart is aalways kind.

A full heart never lied.
Intimating that the truth generally comes out under the impulse of the feelings.

A full man and a hungry horse aye make haste hame.

A full man's a true man.
A man under the influence of drink, if he speak at all, usually speaks truth.

A full purse maks a haverin merchant.
A man with a full purse engaged in commercial transactions is apt to "haver," or gossip freely.

A full purse never lacks friends.

A full wame makes a straight back.
A full stomach makes a man walk erectly.

A gentle horse should be sindle spurred.

A given game was never won.
A voluntary concession may be no tribute to the skill of the opponent.

A given horse shouldna be looked in the mouth.
A given piece is soon eaten.

A gowk at Yule'll no be bright at Beltane.
He that is a fool at Christmas will not be wise in May.

A great rooser was ne'er a good rider.
A great boaster is rarely a great performer.

A greedy eye never got a full wame.
A greedy eye never got a good pennyworth.
This and the preceding proverb signify that a covetous or greedy man is never satisfied.

A green wound is half hale.
A groat is ill saved that shames its master.

A grunting horse and a groaning wife seldom fail their master.
People that are constantly in the habit of complaining how ill they are, generally contrive to live as long as their neighbours.

A good beginning make a good ending.

A good calf is better than a calf of a good kind.
The one is good already, while it is possible that the other may turn out bad.

A good cause makes a strong arm.
A good conscience is the best divinity.
A good day's darg may be done with a dirty spade.
A good dog never barked about a bone.
A good face needs nae band, and an ill ane deserves nane.
A good fellow is a costly name.
A good fellow ne'er tint but at an ill fellow's hand.
A good goose may hae an ill gaiflin.

A good green turf is a good gudemother.
A mother-in-law is best in the churchyard.

A good grieve is better than an ill worker.
A good ingle makes a roomy fireside.
A good lawyer may be an ill neighbour.
A good man maks a good wife.

A good name is sooner tint than won.
"Good repute is like the cypress; once cut, it never puts forth leaf again."

A good paymaster never wants hands to work.
A good steel is worth a penny.
A good tale's no the waur of being twice told.
A good tongue's a good safeguard.
A good wife and health is a man's best wealth.
A good word is as easy said as an ill one.

A good year winna mak him, nor an ill year mar him.
"A beggar will ne'er be a bankrupt."

A guilty conscience self accuses.
A hadden tongue maks a slabbered mouth.
A hairy man's a geary man, but a hairy wife's a witch.
A half burned peat is easily kindled.

A handful of trade is worth a gowpen of gold.
Literally, the knowledge of a trade is worth a handful of gold.

A hantle cry Murder! and are aye upmost.
Many that are least hurt cry loudest.

A hasty man is never lusty.
A hasty man never wanted wae.
A hearty hand to gie a hungry meltith.

A hen that lays thereout should hae a white nest-egg.
Some attractions should be provided at home for those who are not naturally attached to it.

All his buz shakes nae barley.
All his talking does no good, or, vice versa, all his stormy temper does no harm.

A hook is weel tint to catch a salmon.
"Throw sprats to catch whales."

A horse broken and a wife to break, is a horse made and a wife to make.
A horse hired never tired.

A horse with four feet may snapper.
Snapper, to stumble. Even the best of men may err.

A house built and a garden to grow never brought what they cost.

A house full of folk, and a pouch with three farthings in the corners of it, dinna sort weel thegither.
Poverty and a desire to keep up appearances do not "sort weel."

A house in a hastrie is downright wastrie.

A house with a reek and a wife with a reard will make a man run to the door.
"Smoke, a dripping roof, and a scolding wife, are enough to drive a man out of his life."

A hungry louse bites sore.
"Spoken when the needy are importunate in their cravings, or exacting."

A hungry man has always a lazy cook.
A hungry man's an angry man.
A hungry man smells meat far.
A hungry stomach is aye craving.
A hungry wame has nae lugs.
A hungry man is deaf to reason.

All I got from him I could put in my eye, and see none the waur for it.
A satirical way of expressing that some service has been allowed to go unrewarded.

All ills are gude untried.

Air day or late day, the fox's hide finds aye the slaying knife.
Sooner or later justice overtakes evil-doers.

A kindly word cools anger.

A kiss and a drink of water make but a wersh breakfast.
Spoken disapprovingly of those who marry for love, without due regard to means.

A landward lad is aye faithful.
A country or rustic lad is always bashful.
A lang gathered dam soon runs out.

A long tongue has a short hand.
"They who are lavish in their promises, are often short in their performances."

A lass that has mony wooers aft wails the warst.
A laughing-faced lad often makes a lither servant.

A laying hen is better than a standing mill.
A standing mill is profitless, whereas a laying hen is not.
A leaky ship needs muckle pumping.

A leal heart never lied.

Ale-sellers shouldna be tale-tellers.
They hear everybody's story, but prudence demands that they should keep it to themselves.

A liar should hae a good memory.
A light-heeled mother maks a heavy-heeled dochter.
A light purse makes a heavy heart.
Alike every day makes a clout on Sunday.
A little wit serves a lucky man.
All law is not justice.
A loving heart and a leal within, are better than gowd or gentle kin.
A lucky man needs little counsel.
A maid oft seen and a gown oft worn, are disesteemed and held in scorn.
"Amaist" and "Very near" have aye been great liars.
Amaist was never a man's life.
A man at five may be a fool at fifteen.
A man at forty is either a fool or a physician.
A man cannot bear all his ain kin about on his back.
A man cannot wive and thrive the same year.

A man is a lion for his own cause.
"No man so zealous for, or assiduous in, a man's business as himself."

A man maun spoil ere he spin.
A man may be kind, yet give little of his gear.

A man may hold his tongue in an ill time.
A man may keep silent at a time or under circumstances where it is an injury to himself.

A man may lose his ain for lack of craving.
A man may speer the gate he kens full weel.

A man may spit in his neive and do but little.
He may make a great show of working but still do very little.

A man may woo where he will, but maun wed where his word is.

A man of many trades may beg his bread on Sunday.
"Jack of all trades, master of none."

A man of words, and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.
A man's aye crouse in his ain cause.
A man's hat in his hand never did him ony harm.
A man's mind is a mirk mirror.
A man's weel or wae as he thinks himsel sae.
A man wi' ae ee, can see mair than you wi' your twa.

A master's eye makes a fat horse.
"No eye like the master's eye."

A mear's shoe will fit a horse.
"Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

A misty morning may be a clear day.

A mouthful of meat may be a townfull of shame.
"That is, if it be stolen, intimating that a little thing picked will procure a great disgrace."

A muckle mouth has aye gude luck for its meat.
A muffled cat was ne'er a gude hunter.
An Aberdeen man never stands to the word that hurts him.
A nag wi' a wame and a mare wi' nane are no a gude pair.
An air winter maks a sair winter.

A naked man maun run.
A man that is destitute must exert himself.

An auld dog bites sicker.

An auld horse may dee ere the grass grow.
"While the grass is growing the steed is starving."

An auld knave's nae bairn.
"An old fox needs learn no new tricks."

An auld man's a bedfull of bones.
An auld mason maks a gude barrowman.
An auld pock is aye skailing.

An auld pock needs muckle clouting.
Old things, generally, are often in need of repair.

Ance awa, aye awa.
When people once go away from home for a time, there is always a feeling among those left that the bond which binds them to home is weakened, and very little persuasion is required to take them away again.

Ance is nae custom.
Ance paid, never craved.
Ance Provost, aye My Lord.
Ance wud, and aye waur.

Ance wud, never wise.
A person once "wud," or deranged, is always suspected of being so, in the event of anything strange taking place.

Ane at a time is gude fishing.

An eating horse never foundered.
An excuse for taking a hearty meal, meaning that plenty of food will injure neither man nor beast.

Ane beats the bush, and anither grips the bird.
Ane does the skaith, anither gets the scorn.
Ane gets sma' thanks for tineing his am.
Ane is no sae soon healed as hurt.
An elbuck dirl will lang play thirl.

Ane may like a haggis weel enough that wouldna like the bag bladded on his chafts.
Ane may like the kirk weel enough, and no aye be riding on the rigging o't.
Ane would like to be loved, but wha would mool in wi' a moudiewort?
The three preceding proverbs mean, that although a man may be very fond of his relations, property, and what not, still there are certain extremes to be avoided, for if even approached, they verge into the ridiculous.

Ane may think that daurna speak.
Ane never tines by doing gude.

Ane o' the court, but nane o' the council.
Meaning that although your presence and advice may on certain occasions be requested, it is only for form's sake.

Ane's ain hearth is gowd's worth.
Ane will gar a hundred lee.

A new pair o' breeks will cast down an auld coat.
A new article of dress will make the others look much more worn than they really are. The acquisition of a new friend may tend to lower our esteem for those of longer standing.

Anger's mair hurtful than the wrang that caused it.
Anger's short-lived in a gude man.
An honest man's word's his bond.

An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
"He that labours is tempted by one devil; he that is idle by a thousand."

An ilka-day braw maks a Sabbath-day daw.
He that wears his best at all times will have nothing to suit extraordinary occasions.

An ill cook should hae a gude cleaver.
An ill cow may hae a gude calf.
An ill custom is like a gude bannock, better broken than kept.
An ill lesson is easy learned.
An ill life maks an ill death.
An ill plea should be weel pled.
An ill servant ne'er made a gude maister.
An ill turn is soon done.

An ill wife and a new-kindled candle should have their heads hadden down.
"But both must be done with care, caution, and discretion; otherwise you may put the candle out and make the wife worse."

An ill-willy cow should hae short horns.
"It were a pity that a man of ill-nature should have much authority, for he'll be sure to abuse it."

An ill-won penny will cast down a pound.

An inch breaks nae squares.
"A little difference ought not to occasion any contests among good neighbours."

An inch o gude luck is worth a faddom of forecast.
A nod frae a lord is a breakfast for a fool.
A nod o' honest men's eneugh.
A nod's as gude's a wink to a blind horse.

An ounce of wit is worth a pound of lear.
"An ounce of mother-wit is worth a pound of schoolwit."

An unlucky fish takes bad bait.
An unlucky man's cart is easily couped.

An ye loe me look in my dish.
A delicate request for a second supply of soup.

A party pot ne'er plays even.
An interested or prejudiced individual cannot be an impartial judge of both sides of a question.

A penny hain'd's a penny clear, and a preen a-day's a groat a-year.
A penny hain'd's a penny gained.
A penny in my purse will gar me drink when my friends winna.
A penny in the purse is a gude friend.
A penny in the purse is better than a crown awa.
A pennyweight o' love is worth a pound o' law.
A pickle's no miss'd in a mickle.
A poll parrot thinks weel o' itsel.
A poor man is fain o' little.
A poor man's debt maks muckle din.

A pound of care winna pay an ounce of debt.
Care here means sorrow, or trouble of mind, and must not be associated with care in the sense of frugality or economy, which has paid many an ounce of debt.

A pound of wool is as heavy as a pound of lead.
A primsie damsel maks a daidlin' dame.

A proud heart in a poor breast has muckle dolour to dree.

A raggit coat was never a mote in a man's marriage.
A reckless house maks many thieves.
A red nose maks a raggit back.
A reeky house and a girnin' wife, will lead a man a fashious life.
A rich man has mair cousins than his faither had kin.
A rich man's wooing's no lang doing.
A rough bane maks a fu' wame.

As a carl riches he wretches.
"Wretch, a covetous or niggardly person." As a man becomes rich he also becomes more parsimonious.

A safe conscience maks a sound sleep.
A saft aiver was ne'er a gude horse.

Wise observation from an old Scot:
A salmon from the pool, a wand from the wood, and a deer from the hills are thefts that no man was ever ashamed to own.

As ane flits anither sits, and that keeps mailins dear.
As brisk as bottled ale.
A's but lip-wit that wants experience.
A scabbed horse is gude enough for a sca'd squire.
A sca'ded cat dreads cauld water.

As canker'd as a cow wi' ae horn.
"As proud as a hen with one chuck."

A scarred head is eith to bleed.

A scarred head is soon broken.
A reputation already questionable is easily lost altogether.

A Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to the skin.

A Scotsman and a Newcastle grindstane travel a' the world ower.
Alluding to the wandering propensities of the one and the good qualities of the other.

A Scotsman is aye wise ahint the hand.
"It is too late to throw water on the cinders when the house is burned down."

As dark as a Yule midnight.

As day brake, butter brake.
"Spoken when a person or thing that was wanting comes opportunely."

A seven years' maiden is aye at the slight.
As fain as a fool o' a fair day.

All's fair at the ball.
"All's fair in war."

As fause as Waghorn.
"Waghorn, a fabulous personage, who, being a liar nineteen times greater than the devil, was crowned King of liars."

A's fine that's fit.
A's fish that comes to the net.
As full o' mischief as an egg's full of meat.
As gentle as Gorman's bitch, that lap ower the ingle and ate the roast.
As gude a fellow as ever toom'd a bicker.
As gude eat the deil as sup the kail he's boiled in.
As gude fish in the sea as e'er cam out o't.

As gude gie the lichty as tak it.
"Lichtly, and expression of contempt or insult: to undervalue, to slight, to despise."

As gude may haud as draw.
As gude may haud the stirrup as he that loups on.
As gude merchants tine as win.

As gude ne'er a bit, as ne'er the better.
"Unless you make a thing the better for you, you had as good let it alone."

A's gude that God sends.
A shave aff a new cut loaf's never missed.

A shor'd tree stands lang.
"Men do not die of threats."

A short grace is gude for hungry folk.
A short horse is sune wispit.
A sillerless man gangs fast through the market.

A silly man will be slily dealt with.
"He that makes himself a sheep, shall be eaten by the wolf."

A sinking maister maks a rising man.
A skelpit bum breaks nae banes.
Ask the tapster if his ale be gude.
Ask your purse what you should buy.
As lang as a dog would be bound wi' a bluidy puddin'.
As lang as the bird sings before Candlemas he greets after it.
As lang as ye serve the tod ye maun carry his tail.

As lang lasts the hole as the heel leather.
"Spoken to them that quarrel with a hole in your coat or shoe: often applied otherways."

As Lang lives the merry man as the sad.
As lang rins the tod as he has feet.
A slow hand maks a sober fortune.
A slow fire maks a sweat maut.
A sma' leak will sink a great ship.
As menseless as a tinkler's messan.
As merry's a mautman.
A smith's house is aye lowin'.
As mony beads as mony wits.
As muckle upwith as muckle downwith.
A's no help that's at hand.
A's no ill that's ill like.
A's no part.
A's no tint that fa's bye.
A's no tint that's in hazard.
As poor as a kirk mouse.
A spur in the head's worth twa in the heel.
As sair fights the wren as the crane.
As sure's death.
A steek in time saves nine.
As the auld cock craws the young cock learns.
As the day lengthens the cauld strengthens.
As the fool thinks the bell clinks.
As the market gangs the wares sell.
As the sow fills the draff sours.
A still sow eats a' the draff.
A's tint that's put in a riven dish.

All is lost that is put into a broken dish. Favours bestowed on ungrateful persons are thrown away.

As true as Biglam's cat crew, and the cock rocked the cradle.
"Spoken when we hear one call that true that we know to be a lye."

A sturdy beggar should hae a stout nae-sayer.
As wanton as a wet hen.
As weel be hang'd for a sheep as a lamb.
As weel be out o' the warld as out o' fashion.
As wight as a wabster's doublet, that ilka day taks a thief by the neck.
As ye are stout be merciful.
As ye mak your bed sae ye maun lie on't.
A taking hand will never want, let the world be e'er sae scant.

A tarrowing bairn was never fat.
A child that refuses or is slow in taking its food. People who will not take advantage as opportunities offer, cannot expect to prosper so well as those who do.
A tale never tines in the telling.

A' that's said in the kitchen shouldna be tauld in the ha'.
A' that's said shouldna be sealed.

A' that ye'll tak wi' ye will be but a kist and a sheet, after a'. In allusion to the death of persons who may be proud of their possessions.

A' the claes on your back was ance in clues.

A' the keys of the country hang na in ae belt.
All the influence or power is not in one man's possession.

A' the speed's no in the spurs.
A' the winning's in the first buying.
A' the wit o' the world's no in ae pow.
A'thing angers ye, and the cat breaks your heart.
A' things thrive at thrice.
A'thing wytes that no weel fares.
A thoughtless body's aye thrang.
A thrawn question should hae a thrawart answer.
A thread will tie an honest man better than a rope will do a rogue.

At my leisure, as lairds dee.
"Fair and softly, as lawyers go to heaven."

A tocherless dame sits lang at hame.

A toolying tike comes limping hame.
"Toolying tike," quarrelsome dog.

A toom hand is nae lure for a hawk.
A toom pantry maks a thriftless gudewife.
A toom purse maks a thrawn face.
At open doors dogs gae ben.
A travelled man has leave to lee.
A tricky man's easiest tricket.
A turn weel done is sune done.
A twapenny eat may look at a king.
Auld chimes and auld rhymes gar us think on auld times.
Auld folk are twice bairns.

Auld moon mist ne'er died o' thrist.
"Foggy weather in the last quarter of the moon is supposed to betoken moisture."

Auld sins breed new sairs.
Auld sparrows are ill to tame.

Auld springs gie me price.
Things out of fashion are valueless.

Auld wives and bairns mak fools o' physicians.
Auld wives were aye gude maidens.
A vaunter and a liar are near akin.

A wall between best preserves friendship.
Meaning that friends are best separate.

A wad is a fule's argument.
"Fools, for argument, lay Wagers."

A waited pat's lang o' boiling.
A wee house has a wide throat.
A wee house weel filled, a wee piece land weel tilled, a wee wife weel willed, will mak a happy man.
A wee mouse will creep beneath a muckle corn stack.
A wee spark maks muckle wark.
A wee thing fleys cowards.
A wee thing puts your beard in a bleeze.
A wee thing ser's a cheerfu' mind.
A whang off a cut kebbuck's never missed.
A wight man never wanted a weapon.
A wild goose never laid tame eggs.
A wilfu' man should be unco wise.
A willing mind maks a light foot.
A winking cat's no aye blind.
A winter day and a wintry way is the life o' man.

A winter night, a woman's mind, and a laird's purpose, aften change.
"Women, wind, and luck soon change."

A wise head maks a close mouth.
A wise lawyer ne'er gangs to law himsel.
A wise man gets learning frae them that hae nane o' their ain.
A wise man wavers, a fool is fixed.
A woman's gude either for something or naething.
A word is enough to the wise.

Aye as ye thrive your feet fa's frae ye.
"Unexpected interruptions occur in business." "The farther you go, the farther behind."

Aye flether away;since I'll no do wi' foul play, try me wi' fair.
Aye takin' out o' the meal pock and ne'er puttin' in't soon comes to the bottom.
Aye tak the fee when the tear's in the ee.
Aye to eild, but never to wit.
That is, he is always growing older, but never any wiser.

Bachelor's' wives and auld maids' bairns are aye weel bred.
Bad legs and ill wives should stay at hame.
Bairns are certain care, but nae sure joy.
Bairns speak i' the field what they hear i' the ha'.

Baked bread and brown ale winna bide lang.

Bannocks are better than nae bread.
"Half a loaf is better than no bread."

Barefooted folk shouldna tread on thorns.
"Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones."

Bare gentry, bragging beggars.
Bare words mak nae bargain.
Bastard brood are aye proud.
Be a friend to yourself, and others will.
Bear and forbear is gude philosophy.
Bear wealth weel, poortith will bear itself.
Beauty, but bounty's but bauch.
Beauty is but skin deep.
Beauty's muck when honour's tint.
Beauty is worthless when honour is lost.
Be aye the thing you would be called,

Beefsteaks and porter are gude belly mortar.
Bees that hae honey in their mouths hae stings in their tails.
Before an ill wife be gude, even if she was a' turned to tongue.
Before, I ween'd; but now, I wat.

Before, I only suspected; now, I am certain. "Spoken on the full discovery of some malefice, which before we only suspected."

Before the deil gaes blind, and he's no blear e'ed yet.
Before ye choose a friend, eat a peck o' saut wi' him.
Be gaun, the gate's before you.
Be going, the road lies before you. A jocose or surly hint to go.
Beg frae beggars and you'll ne'er be rich.
Beggars breed, and rich men feed.
Beggars downa bide wealth.
Beggars shouldna be choosers.

Begin wi' needles and preens, and end wi' horn'd nowte.
That is, beginnings apparently trifling may lead to very great results. Used here as a caution against dishonesty.

Be it better, be it worse, be ruled by him that has the purse.

Be it sae, is nae banning.
Used in yielding a point in dispute because you are either unwilling or unable to argue further; but also indicating that you do not admit yourself to be in the wrong.

Be lang sick, that ye may be soon hale.
Believe a' ye hear, an' ye may eat a' ye see.

Belyve is twa hours and a half.
A jocular allusion to the fact that if a person says he will be back, or done with anything "belyve," that is, immediately, or in a little, the probability is he will be longer than expected.

Be ready wi' your bonnet, but slow wi' your purse.
Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.

Best to be off with' the auld love before we be on with the new.
Be thou weel, or be thou wae, yet thou wilt not aye be sae.
Better a bit in the morning than a fast all day.

Better a clout in than a hole out.
That is, a patched garment is better than one with holes in it.

Better a dog fawn on you than bark at you.
Better one eye than all' blind.
Better ae wit bought than twa for nought.

Better a finger aff as aye wagging.
"The first night is aye the warst o't. I hae never heard o' ane that sleepit the night afore the trial, but of mony a ane that sleepit as sound as a tap the night before their necks were straughted. And it's nae wonder--the warst may be tholed when it's kend: Better a finger aff as aye wagging." Heart of Midlothian.

Better a fremit friend than a friend fremit.
Better have a stranger for your friend than a friend turned stranger.

Better a gude fame than a fine face.
Better alane than in ill company.
Better a laying hen than a lying crown.
Better a lean horse than a toom halter.
Better a poor horse than no horse at all.
Better a mouse in the pat than nae flesh.

Better an auld man's darling than a young man's warling.
"Used as an argument to induce a young girl to marry an old man, to the doing of which no argument should prevail."

Better an even down snaw than a driving drift.
Better an ill spune than nae horn.

Better a sair fae than a fause friend.
Better a shameless eating than a shameful leaving.
Better a small fish than an empty dish.
Better at a time to give than take.
Better a thigging mither than a riding father.

Better a tocher in her than with her.
That is, better that a wife have good qualities without money than vice versa.

Better a toom house than an ill tenant.
Better auld debts than auld sairs.

Better a wee bush than nae beild.
Better a wee fire to warm you than a big fire to burn you.
Better bairns greet than bearded men.

Better be a coward than a corpse.
"Discretion is the better part of valour."

Better be at the end of a feast than at the beginning of a fray.
Better be before at a burial than ahint at a bridal.
Better be blythe wi' little than sad wi' naething.
Better be envied than pitied.
Better be friends at a distance than enemies at hame.
Better be happy than wise.
Better be idle than ill doing.

Better be kind than cumbersome.
Better belly burst than gude meat spoil.
A plea for gluttony on the score of economy.
Better bend than break.
Better be out o' the warld than out of fashion.
Better be sonsy than soon up.

Better be the head of the commons than the tail o the gentry.
Better be the lucky man than the lucky man's son.
Better bow to my faes than beg frae my friends.
Better buy than borrow.
Better day the better deed.
Better do it than wish it done.
Better eat brown bread in youth than in eild.
Better fed than bred.
Better find iron than tine siller.
Better fleech a fool than fight him.
Better gang about than fa' in the dub.
Rather a long road and safety than a short one attended with danger.
Better gang to bed supperless than rise in debt.
Better gie the slight than tak it.

Better greet ower your gudes than after your gudes. Meaning that it is better not to sell goods at all than to sell and not be paid for them.

Better gude sale than gude ale.
Better guide weel than work sair.
Better hae than want.
Better hain weel than work sair.

Better half egg than toom doup.
"Better half an egg than empty shells."

Better half hanged than ill married.
Better hand loose nor bound to an ill bakie.
Better hands loose than in an ill tethering.
Better happy at court than in gude service.
Better haud at the brim than at the bottom.
Better haud by a hair than draw by a tether.

Better haud out than put out.
"Prevention is better than cure."

Better haud with the hounds than rin with the hare.
The policy of the Vicar of Bray. It is better to side with the strongest or winning party.

Better keep the deil out than hae to put him out.
Better keep weel than make weel.
Better lang little than soon naething.
Better late thrive than never do weel.

Better laugh at your ain pint stoup, than greet and gather gear.
It is better to be merry spending money, than sorrowful acquiring it.

Better learn frae your neebor's skaith than frae your ain.
Learn experience rather from the misfortunes of others than from your own.

Better leave to my faes than beg frae my friends.

Better leave than lack.
That it is better to have too much of some things than too little.

Better live in hope than die in despair.

Better marry ower the midden than ower the muir.
Rather marry among those whom you know than go among strangers for a wife. "Marry over the mixon, and you will know who and what she is."

Better master ane than tight with ten.
Better my bairns seek frae me than I beg frae them.
Better my friends think me fremit than fashious.
Better visit friends seldom than so often as to prove troublesome.
Better nae ring nor the ring of a rash.
Better never begun than ne'er ended.
Better ower it than in it.
Better beyond the fear of danger than in it.

Better plays the full wame than the new coat.
A man may be well dressed but still have a hungry belly, and vice versa. He that has the "fu' wame" is the more likely to be in good spirits.

Better rough and sonsy than bare and donsy.
It is better to be rough in manners, if coupled with prosperous circumstances, than be "genteel" and at the same time poverty stricken.

Better rue sit than rue flit.
Better not remove at all than do so and then regret it.

Better saucht wi' little aucht than care wi' mony cows.
Better comfort and peace of mind with little, than care and contention with much.

Better saut than sour.
Better say "Here it is" than "Here it was."
Better short and sweet than lang and lax.
Better sit idle than work for nought.
Better sit still than rise and fall.

Better skaith saved than mends made.
Better that offence should not be given than committed and then apologized for.

Better small fish than nane.
Better soon as syne.
Better spared than ill spent.

Better speak bauldly out than aye be grumphin'.
If a complaint requires to be made, make it openly and straightforwardly, instead of continuing to fret about it in an indirect manner.

Better the barn filled than the bed.
Because a full barn denotes prosperity, a full bed trouble.

Better the end o' a feast than the beginning o' a fray.
Better the mother wi' the pock, than the faither wi' the sack.
Better the ill ken'd than the gude unken'd.
Better the nag that ambles a' the day than him that makes a brattle for a mile and then's dune wi' the road.
Better thole a grumph than a sumph.
Be troubled rather by an intelligent, though surly man, than by a stupid one.
Better tine life than gude fame. .
Better tine your joke than tine your friend.
Better to baud than draw.
Better to rule wi' the gentle hand than the strang.

Better twa skaiths than ae sorrow.
"Losses may be repaired, but sorrow will break the heart and ruin the constitution."

Better unkind than ower cumbersome.
Better unmarried than ill married.

Better wade back mid water than gang forward and drown.
Rather withdraw from a bargain or position found likely to prove bad or dangerous than proceed with either in hopes of improvement.

Better wait on cooks than leeches.
Better wear shoon than wear sheets.

Better you laugh than I greet.
Meaning, I would rather be ridiculed for not doing a thing, than do it and be sorry for it.

Better your feet slip than your tongue.
Between Martinmas and Yule, water's wine in every pool.

Between the deil and the deer sea.
Between two extremes equally dangerous.

Be what ye seem and seem what ye are.

Bid a man to a roast and stick him wi' the spit.
Pretend to show kindness to a man while your intention is to injure him.

Bide weel, betide weel.
Wait well or patiently and you will fare well; or at least as well as those who are hasty.

Biggin and bairns marrying are arrant wasters.

Bind the sack ere it be fou.
Do not tax any person or thing to the utmost.

Birds o' a feather flock thegither.

Birk will burn be it burn drawn; sauch will sab if it were simmer sawn.
Literally, wood will burn even if drawn through water, and the willow will droop if sown out of season. Figuratively, natural will and inclination will predominate and exhibit themselves, although submitted to the most antagonistic influences.

Birth's gude but breeding's better.
Bitter jests poison friendship.

Black's my apron, and I'm aye washing it.
When a man has got a bad character, although he may endeavour to redeem it, he will find great difficulty in doing so.

Black will tak nae ither hue.
Blaw the wind ne'er sae fast, it will lown at the last.
Blind horse rides hardy to the fecht.
Blind men shouldna judge of colours.

Blue and better blue.
"That is, there may be difference between things of the same kind and persons of the same station."

Bonny sport, to fare weel and pay nothing for it.
Bourdna wi' bawty lest he bite ye.

Bourdna wi' my e'e nor wi' mine honour.
Do not jest or trifle with subjects of character.

Bread and cheese is gude to eat when folk can get nae ither meat.
Bread and milk is bairns' meat: I wish them sorrow that be it.

Bread's house skail'd never.
A full or hospitable house never wants visitors.

Break my head and syne draw on my how.
Breeding wives are aye beddie.
Bridal feasts are soon forgotten.
Broken bread maks batet bairns.
Broken friendships may be souther'd, but never sound.
Burnt bairns dread the fire.

CADGERS have aye mind of lade saddles.
Cast a bane in the deil's teeth.
Charity begins at hame.
Come unca'd sits unser'd.
Comes to my hand like the bowl of a pint stoup.
Come with the wind and gae with the water.
Corn him well he'll work the better.
Count again is not forbidden.
Count siller after a' your kin.
Credit keeps the crown of the causey.
Credit is better than ill luck.
Crooked carlin, quoth the carle to his wife.
Count not your chickens before they are hatched.

DAWTED bairns do bear little.
Daylight will peep through a small hole.
Death and marriage make term-days.
Death defies the doctors.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Delays are dangerous.
Do well and dread na shame.
Do well and have well.
Do what you ought come what will.
Do the likeliest and hope the best.
Do as the lasses do, say no, and take it.
Double drinks are good for drouth.
Double charges rive cannons.
Draff's good enough for swine'.
Drink little that ye may drink lang.
Dree out the inch when ye have thoi'd the span.

EAT well's drink well's brother.
Eating and drinking wants but a beginning.
Either live or die with honour.
Enough's as good as a feast.
Evening oats are good morning father.
Every thing hath an end and a pudding has twa.
Every one kens best when his ain shoe nips him.
Every craw thinks his ain bird whitest.
Every man wears his belt his ain gait.
Every man's tale is good till anither's be tauld.
Every man has his ain draff porch.
Experience teaches fools.

FAINT heart never won a fair lady.
Fair words winna gar the pot boil.
Fancy kills and cures.
Fancy flees before the wind.
Far away fowls have fair feathers.
Feckless fouk are aye fain of anither.
Fiddlers dogs flesh flies come to feasts unca'd.
Fine feathers make fine birds.
First come, first served.
Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.
Flaes and a girning wife are wakerife bed fellows.
Fleying a bird is not the gate to grip it.
Fools shou'd na hae chapping sticks.
Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.
For fashion's sake as dogs gang to the market.
Forbid a fool a thing and that he will do.
Foul water slockens fire.
Friendship canna stand aye on ae side.
Fresh fish and poor friends grew soon ill far'd.

GENTLE paddocks have lang taes.
Giff gaff makes good friends.
Give a dog an ill name and ye may hang him.
Give a man luck and fling him in the sea.
Give o'er when the plays good.
Give them tow enough and they'll hang themsels.
Give you an inch you'll take an ell.
Glasses and lasses are bruckle ware.
Good watch prevents harm.
Good-ware make a quick market.
Gowd may be dear coft.
Great barkers are nae biters.
Gut nae fish till ye get them

HAE gars a deaf man hear.
Hair and hair make the carlo's beard bare.
Hame is hame though it were never so hamely.
Hand in use is father of lair.
Hang hunger and rown drouth.
Had a halfpenny is gear enough.
Have ye gear have ye nane, tine heart and a's gane.
He brings a staff to break his ain head.
He comes aftener with the rake then the shool.
He complains early that complains of his kail.
He cares na whase bairns greet if his laugh.
He can hide his meat and seek mair.
He can see an inch before his nose.
He does na aye ride when he saddles his horse.
He fells twa dogs wi' ae stane.
He gat his kail in a riven dish.
He has gotten the boot and the better beast.
He has meikle prayer but little devotion.
He has come to good by misguiding.
He has an eye in his neck.
He has gotten a bite of his ain bridle.
He has the best end of the string.
He has't of kind he coft it not.
He has feather'd his nest, flee when he likes.
He has gotten the whip hand of him.
He has licket the butter aff my bread.
He has a crap for a' corn.
He kens whilk side his cake is buttered on.
He'll no let grass grow at his heels.
He'll tell't to nae mair then he meets.
He'll make an ill rinner that canna gang.
He'll wag as the bush wags.
He may swim well that has his head hadden up.
He maun be soon up that cheats the tod.
He made a moon-light flitting.
He may find fault that canna mend.
He may laugh that wins a'.
He rides sicker that never fa's.
He's a fool that forgets himself.
He's born deaf on that side of the head.
He's wise that's timely wary.
He's an Aberdeen man, take his word again.
He's no sae daft as he lets on.
He's a proud fox that winna scrape his ain hole.
He's a hawk of a right nest.
He's a silly chief that can neither do nor say.
He's the gear that winna traik.
He's weel wordy sorrow that buys it.
He's like the sing'd cat, better than he's bonny.
He sleeps as dogs do when wives bake cakes.
He that blaws best should bear the horn.
He that clatters to himself talks to a fool.
He that canna make sport shou'd mar nane.
He that does you an ill turn will ne'er forgie you.
He that deals in dirt has aye foul fingers.
He that gets forgets, but he that wants thinks on't.
He that has a good crop may thole some thistles.
He that has meikle wad aye hae mair.
He that has but ae eye maun tent that well.
He that has a muckle nose thinks ilk ane speaks o't.
He that's ill to himself will be good to naebody.
He that lends his pot may seethe his kail in his loof.
He that laughts at his ain sport spills the sport o't.
He that lippens to bodden ploughs, his hand lies lee.
He that lives upon hope has a slim diet.
He that looks to freets, freets follow him.
He that shaws his purse bribes the thief.
He that sleeps with dogs maun rise with flaes.
He that speers all opinions comes ill speed.
He that teaches himself has a fool for his master.
He that winna when he may shanna when he wad.
He that wad eat the kernel maun crack the nut.
He that winna thole maun flit mony a hole.
He was the bee that made the honey.
He wad gang a mile to flit a sow.
He winna send you away with a sair heart.
He wat's nae whilk end o' him's uppermost.
He woos me for cake and pudding.
Hens are aye free of horse corn.
His auld brass will buy a new pan.
His bark is waur than his bite.
His room's better than his company.
His tongue's nae slander.
Hunger is good Kitchen.
Hungry dogs are blithe of bursten puddings.
Hungry stewards wear mony shoon.

I BAKE nae bread by your shins.
I can scarce believe you, ye speak sae fair.
I canna afford you both tale and lugs.
I have another tow on my rock.
I have mair ado than a dish to wash.
I have tane the sheaf frae the mare.
I have baith my meat and my mense.
I have seen mair than I have eaten.
I ken by my cog wha milks my cow.
Ill news are aft owre true.
Ill payers are aye good cravers.
Ill-will never spake well.
It gangs in at ae lug and out at the ither.
It is a good tongue that says nae ill.
It is an ill wind that blaws naebody good.
It is an ill cause that the lawyers think shame.
It is a mean mouse that has but ae hole.
It is a nasty bird that files its ain nest.
It is a sair field where a's slain.
It is a silly flocks where the ewe bears the bell.
It is a silly hen that canna scrape for ae bird.
It is a' tint that is done to auld folk and bairns.
It is better to sup with a cutty than want a spoon.
It is good gear that pleases the merchant.
It is good baking beside the meal.
It is good sleeping in a hale skin.
It is good to be out of harms gate.
It is good to be sib to siller.
It is hard to sit in Rome and strive with the Pope.
It is hard to please a' parties.
It is hard baith to have and want.
It is ill getting breeks aff a Highlandman.
It is ill bringing butt what's no benn.
It is kittle shooting at corbies and clergy.
It is kittle to waken sleeping dogs.
It is needless to pour water on a drown'd mouse.
It is not tin that a friend gets.
It is not what is she, but what has she.
It is past joking when the head's aff.
It is well war'd that wasters want.
It is well that our fauts are not written.
It is the best spake in your wheel.
It keeps his nose at the grindstane.
It will be a feather out of your wing.

Joke at leisure, ye kenna wha may jybe you.
Jouk and let the jaw gae by.

KEEP something for a sair foot.
Keep your tongue within your teeth.
Keep the feast to the feast day.
Keep the staff in your ain hand.
Keep your breath to cool your crowdie.
Kend fouk's nae company.
Kings and bears aft worry their keepers.

LAITH to bed and laith to rise.
Lang fasting hains nae meat.
Lang look'd for comes at last.
Lang straes are nae mots.
Lang ere ye saddle a foal.
Law's costly take a pint and 'gree.
Law makers shou'dna be law breakers.
Laugh at leisure ye may greet ere night.
Leave welcome behind you.
Leave aff as lang as the play's good.
Learn you to an ill use arid ye'll ca't custom.
Let na the plough stand to slay a mouse.
Let him take a spring on his ain fiddle.
Let him cool in the skin he het in.
Let his ain wand ding him.
Let never sorrow come sae near your heart.
Let the horns gang with the hide.
Let the morn come and the meat wi't.
Let the kirk stand in the kirkyard.
Let them laugh that win.
Let them care that come behind.
Lie for him and he'll swear for you.
Light burdens break nae banes.
Lie the cur in the crub, he'll neither do nor let do.
Like's an ill mark.
Lippen to me but look to yoursel.
Little kend the less car'd for.
Little odds between a feast and a fu' wame.
Loud at the loan was ne'er a good milk cow.
Love's as warm among cotters as courtiers.
Love your friend and look to yoursel.

MAIDEN'S bairns are aye well bred.
Mair by luck than good guiding.
Mair hamely than welcome.
Make ae lang step and down ye gae.
Make a kirk or a mill o't.
Make the best of an ill bargain.
Make your hay when the sun shines.
Malice is aye mindfu'.
Many court the child for the sake of the nurse.
May-bees flee not at this time of the year.
Meat and mass hinders no man.
Mettle is dangerous in a blind horse.
Mickle wad aye hae mare.
Money makes a man free every where.
Mair hast the waur speed.
Mony hands make light wark.
Mony hounds may soon worry a hare.
Mony a ane serves a thankless master.
Mony wyte their wife for their ain thriftless like.
Mony dogs die or ye fa' heir.
Mony a ane's gear has hastened his hinder end.
Mony good nights is laith away.
Mony ways to kill a dog though ye dinna hang him.
Mony cooks ne'er made good kail.
Mony a ane spears the gate they ken.
Must is a kings word.
My son's my son aye till he get a wife, my daughter's my daughter a' the days of her life.
My market's made ye may lick a whip shaft.

NAE fool to an auld fool.
Nae friend to a friend in need.
Nae great loss but there's some sma' profit.
Nae man has a tack of his life.
Nae man can thrive unless his wife let him.
Nae penny nae paternoster.
Nae sooner up than her head's in the ambry.
Nae safe wading in unco waters.
Nae wonder to see wasters want.
Naething to do but draw in your stool & sit down.
Nane but fools and knaves lay wagers.
Nane sae weel but he hopes to be better.
Nane can play the fool sae well as a wise man.
Narrow gathered widely spent.
Neck or naething, the king loes nae cripples.
Necessity has nae law.
Neither fish nor flesh nor good red herring.
New lairds have new laws.
Never do ill that good may come.
Never put a sword into a madman's hand.
Never quit certainty for hope.
Never scad your lips in other fouks kail.
Never seek a wife till ye ken what to do with her.
Never shaw your teeth unless you can bite.
Never tell your fae when your foot sleeps.
Nineteen nay-says of a maiden are half a grant.
Now's now, and yule's in winter.

O'er mickle of a thing is good for naething.
O'er sicker o'er loose.
Of a' sorrow a fou sorrow's best.
Of twa ills chuse the least.
Oil and truth will get uppermost at last.
Open confession is good for the soul.
Out of debt out of danger.
Oppression will make a wise man mad.

PAY him in his ain coin.
Pith's good in a play.
Play's good while it is play.
Penny wise and pound foolish.
Poor fouk's friends soon misken.
Possession is eleven points of the law.
Pride and grace dwell never in ae place.
Put the saddle on the right horse.
Put on your spurs and be at your speed.

QUALITY without quantity is little thought of.
Quick for you'll never be cleanly.
Quick at meat quick at wark.
Quick returns make rich merchants.

Rob Peter to Pay Paul.
Rue and time grew baith at ae garden.
Rule youth well, for eild will ruld itself.

Say well's good but do well is better.
Say still no and ye'll never be married.
Scant of cheeks makes a long nose.
Scart the cog wad sup mare.
Scorn makes commonly with skaith.
Seeing's believing a' the world o'er.
Serve yoursel' till your bairns come to age.
Set that down on the back side of your count-book.
Set a knave to catch a knave.
Set a stout heart to a stay brae.
Shallow waters make maist din.
Sharp stomachs make short graces.
She looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth.
She hauds up her head like a hen drinking water.
She's better than she's bonny.
Sic as ye gie sic will ye get.
Silence grips the mouse.
Sic reek as is therein comes out of the lum top.
Slaw at meat slaw at wark.
Smooth waters run deep.
Sma' fish are better than nae fish.
Sorrow is soon enough when it comes.
Sorrow and ill weather come unsent for.
Some hae a hantle o' fauts ye'er a ne'er-do-well.
Speak good of pipers your father was a fiddler.
Spilt ale is waur than water.
Stuffing hauds out storms.
Stown dints are sweetest.
Sudden friendship sure repentance.
Surfeits slay mair than the sword.
Swear by your burnt shins.
Swear't to bed and sweer't up in the morning.

TAKE it a' and pay the merchant.
Take the bite and buffet we't.
Take a pint and 'gree, the law's costly.
Take your ain will, & then ye'll no die of the pet.
Take your venture as many a good ship has done.
Take your thanks to feed your cat.
Take a man by his word and a cow by her horn.
Take a hair of the dog that bit you.
Take me not up before I fa'.
Take your will o't as the cat did o' the haggis.
Tell nae tales out of the school.
That's but ae doctor's opinion.
That's for the father and no for the son.
That's for that as butter for fish.
That's my tale where's yours.
That's the piece a step-bairn never got.
The back and the belly hauds every ane busy.
The better day the better deed.
The banes of a great estate is worth the piking.
The cure may be worse than the disease.
The cow that's first up gets the first of the dew.
The first fuf of a fat haggis is the baldest.
The feathers bear away the flesh.
The grey mare may be the better-horse.
The greatest clerks are not the wisest men.
The happy man canna be berried.
The higher up the greater fa'.
The king's errand may come in the cadger's gate.
The langer we live we see the mae fairlies.
The lucky pennyworth sells soonest.
The langest day will have an end.
The laird may be laird and need his hind's help.
The mair cost the mair honour.
The master's eye makes the horse fat.
The mair mischief the better sport.
The pains o'ergangs the profit.
The poor man's aye put to the warst.
The poor man pays for a'.
The poor man's shilling is but a penny.
The scholar may war the master.
The still sow eats up a' draff.
The simple man's the begger's brother.
The thiefer-like the better sodger.
The thing that's done is no to do.
The tod keeps aye his ain hole clean.
The tod's whelps are ill to tame.
The worth of a thing is best kent by the want o't.
The warld is bound to nae man.
There is mony a true tale tald in a jest.
There is a measure in a' things.
There is nane sae blind as them that wadna see.
There is naething ill said that's no ill tane.
There was never a fair word in flything.
There was never enough where naething was left.
There is a skill in gruel making.
There is a great differ amang market-days.
There is an end of an auld sang.
There is aye life for a living man.
There are mae ways to the wood then ane.
There are mae married than good house-hadders.
There never came ill after good advertisement.
There grows nae grass at the cross.
There is life in a mussel as lang is it cheeps.
There is little for the rake after the shool.
They are aye good that are far away.
They are not a' saints that get holy water.
They loo me for little that hate me for nought.
They that give you hinder you to buy.
They that drink longest live langest.
They that lie down for love shou'd rise for hunger.
They that bourd with cats maun count upo' scarts.

The following lines were found last century, inscribed on the wall of a hostelry near Melrose, in the Scottish Borders: This is a good world to live in, To lend, to spend, and to give in. But to get, or to borrow, or keep what's one's own, Tis the very worst world that ever was known.

Thistles are a sailed for asses.
Thole well is good for burning.
Till ither tinklers ill may ye 'gree.
Time tint is ne'er to be found.
Three can keep a secret if twa be awa.
Time and thinking tame the strongest grief.
Time and tide will tarry on nae man.
Tine thimble tane thrift.
Time tries a' as winter tries the kail.
Touch a gaw'd horse on the back and he'll fling.
Truth and honesty keep the crown of the causey.
Try your friend or you need him.
Two hungry meals make the third a glutton.
Twa fools in a house are a couple o'er mony.
Twa words maun gang to that bargain.
Twa wits are better than ane.

Want of wit is waur than want of health.
Weans maun creep ere they gang.
Welcome is the best dish in the kitchen.
Well is that well does.
Were it not for hope, heart wad break.
We are aye to learn as lang as we live.
We can shape their wylie coat, but no their word,
We'll bark oursels ere we buy dog.
We canna baith sup and blaw.
We maun live by the living and no by the dead.
We are bound to be honest and no to be rich.
Who invited you to the roast.
Wha can haud what will awa'.
Wha can help misluck.
Wha comes aftener and brings less.
What we first learn we best ken.
What ye win at that, ye may lick aff a het girdle.
What's my case the day may be yours the morn.
What's waur than ill luck.
What need a rich man be a thief.
What canna be cured maun be endured.
When ae door steeks anither ane opens.
When a' men speak nae man hears.
When drink's in wit's out.
When my head's down my house is theeked.
When the wame's fu' the bones would be at rest.
When you are serv'd a' the geese are water'd.
When ye're gawn and coming the gate's no toom.
When he dies for age ye may quack for fear.
When the well's fu' it will rin owre.
When the steed's stown lock the stable door.
Wee things fley cowards.
What's in ye're wame is no in ye're testament.
Wilfu' waste mak waefu' want.
Winter thunder bodes summer hunger.
Wink at wee faults, your ain are muckle.
Wit bought makes folk wise.
Woo sellers ken aye woo-buyers.
Wrang has nae warrant.
Wrang count is nae payment.

YE cut before the point.
Ye cam a day after the fair.
Ye cut lang whangs out o' ither folk's leather.
Ye canna make a silk purse of a sow's lug.
Ye canna see the wood for trees.
Ye canna preach out of your ain poupit.
Ye dinna ken where the blessing may light.
Ye fand it where the Highlandman fand the tangs.
Ye glowr'd at the moon, and fell on the midden.
Ye go far about seeking the nearest.
Ye hae a ready mouth for a ripe cherry.
Ye have owre foul feet to come sae far ben.
Ye have a crap for a' corn.
Ye have ta'en the measure of his feet.
Ye have owre meikle loose leather about your chafts.
Ye have fasted long and worried on a midge.
Ye have nothing to do but suck and wag your tail.
Ye have tint the tongue of the trump.
Ye have staid lang and brought little wi' you.
Ye have tane't upon you as the wife did the dancing.
Ye have the wrang sow by the lug.
Ye live at the lug of the law.
Ye'll neither dance or haud the candle.
Ye'll no sell your hen in a rainy day.
Ye'll ne'er cast saut on his tail.
Ye'll no herry yoursel with your ain hands.
Ye look liker a thief than a horse.
Ye may gang farther and fare waur.
Ye may be heard where ye're no seen.
Ye may dight your neb and fly up.
Ye'll drink before me.
Ye'll find him where you left him.
Ye may take the head for the washing.
Ye'll get the cat wi' the twa tails.
Ye'll beguile nane but them that lippens to you.
Ye'll mend when ye grow better.
Ye'll never be sae auld with sae mickle honesty.
Ye never saw green cheese but your e'en reei'd.
Ye're nae chicken for a' your cheeping.
Ye're good enough but ye're no braw enough.
Ye're of sae mony minds ye'll never be married.
Ye're never pleas'd fu' nor fasting.
Ye're unco good and ye'll grow fair.
Ye're sair fash'd hadding naething together.
Ye're no fed on deaf nuts.
Ye're busy seeking the thing that's no tint.
Ye're like the hens ye rin aye to the heap.
Ye're fear'd for the day ye never saw.
Ye're best when ye're sleeping.
Ye're a sweet nut if you were well cracked.
Ye soon weary of well doing.
Your tongue rins aye before your wit.
Ye watna where a blessing may light.
Young folk may die, but auld folk maun die.
Young ducks may be auld geese.
Your meal's a' deagh.
Your head will never fill your father's bonnet.
Your ame thinks your wysen's cutted.
Your purse was steeked when that was paid for.
Your minnie's milk is no out of your nose yet.
Ye're no light where lean a'.
Ye'se get your brose out of the lee side of the pot.
Your thrift's as good as the profit of a yell hen.
Your gear will never o'er gang you.

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