Scottish Proverbs

Equal Measures of Timeless Wisdom and Humor.

A man is a lion in his own cause.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

A tale never loses in the telling.

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.

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

Confessed faults are half mended.

Never marry for money, ye'll borrow it cheaper.

Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight.

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

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

Luck never gives; it only lends.

Money is flat and was meant to be piled up.

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.

Never let your feet run faster than your shoes.

Open confession is good for the soul.

Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.

The day has eyes, the night has ears.

The devil's boots don't creak.

There never came ill of good advisement.

They are good that are away.

They talk of my drinking but never my thirst.

They that dance must pay the fiddler.

They that live longest, see most.

One may ride a free horse to death.

They that smell least, smell best.

They that will not be counselled cannot be helped.

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.

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

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

When the cup is full, carry it even.