Scottish proverbs

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin
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  • A child may have too much of his mother's tit.
  • A dry Lent, a fertile year.
  • A penny saved is a penny gained.
  • A thistle is a fat salad for an ass's mouth.
  • Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
  • Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
  • Better bend than break.
  • Better keep the devil at the door than turn him out of the house.
  • Bring a cow into the hall and she'll run the byre.
  • Confessed faults are half-mended.
  • Cutting out well is better than sewing up well.
  • Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Every fisher loves best the trout that is of his own tickling.
  • Fools look to tomorrow; wise men use tonight.
  • Fur coat and no breeches is all I've ever known it by. - Generally meaning a person who spends all on outwardly appearances, while not having the grounding to support it - ie; expensive car but no money for petrol/insurance.
  • He that has one sheep in the flock will like all the rest the better for it.
  • He that loves law will get his fill of it.
  • It is ill fishing if the hook is bare.
  • It's an ill wind that blows naebody any good.
  • It's sin and not poverty that makes men miserable.
  • Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more.
  • Many haws, many snows.
  • Money is flat and was meant to be piled up.
  • Never go to the devil and a dish-clout in your hand.
  • Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
  • One for sorrow, two for joy,
    Three for a girl, four for a boy.
    Five for silver, six for gold,
    And seven for a secret that must never be told.
- superstition relating to how many magpies one might observe at any given time.
  • One may ride a free horse to death.
  • Open confession is good for the soul.
  • The first dish pleaseth all.
  • They are good that are away.
  • To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.
  • Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
  • What baites one, banes another.
  • What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
  • When all fruits fails, welcome haws.
  • What's before you will not go by you.