Scottish proverbs

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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.