Scottish Quotes and Proverbs

Every man dies, not every man really lives. ~ Mel Gibson as William Wallace/Braveheart

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

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

Never marry for money ... ye'll borrow it cheaper. ~ Scottish Proverb

Not what I have but what I do is my kingdom. ~ Thomas Carlyle

A fool may earn money, but it takes a wise man to keep it. ~ Scottish Proverb

I do indeed come from Scotland, but I cannot help it. ~ James Boswell

It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else. ~ J. M. Barrie

If you can't see the bottom, don't wade. ~ Scottish Proverb

He goes long barefoot that waits for dead men's shoes. ~ Scottish Proverb

Hell is paved with good intentions. ~ James Boswell

It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock. ~ Scottish Proverb

Blood is thicker than water. ~ Scottish Proverb

He that winna be ruled by the rudder maun be ruled by the rock. ~ Scottish Proverb

A full purse never lacks friends. ~ Scottish Proverb

Nae man can tether time nor tide. ~ Robert Burns

The willing horse is always worked to death. ~ Scottish Proverb

He that's born to be hanged will never be drowned. ~ Scottish Proverb

One man's meat is another man's poison. ~ Scottish Proverb

Confessed faults are half-mended. ~ Scottish Proverb

Scottish by birth, British by law, Highlander by the grace of God. ~ Anonymous

Kilt - a costume sometimes worn by Scotsmen in America and Americans in Scotland. ~ Ambrose Bierce

There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make. ~ J. M. Barrie

A penny saved is a penny gained. ~ Scottish Proverb

What may be done at any time will be done at no time. ~ Scottish Proverb

That man to man the world o'er shall brothers be for a' that. ~ Robert Burns

It came with a lass, and it will pass with a lass. ~ King James V on the birth of Mary Queen of Scots

O wad some power the giftie gie us, to see oursel's as others see us. ~ Robert Burns

Money is flat and meant to be piled up. ~ Scottish Proverb

Beautiful, glorious Scotland has spoilt me for every other country! ~ Mary Todd Lincoln US First Lady

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

It's ill taking the breeks aff a wild Highlandman. ~ Sir Walter Scott

If it be true that love casts out fear, it is just as true that fear keepeth out love. ~ Thomas Chalmers

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

He that is a fool at Christmas will not be wise in May. ~ Scottish Proverb

He's the slave of all slaves who serve's none but himself. ~ Scottish Proverb

Those that board with cats may count on scratches. ~ Scottish Proverb

A bawbee cat may look at a king. ~ Scottish Proverb

A day to come seems langer than a year that's gane. ~ Scottish Proverb

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

No one provokes me with impunity. ~ Motto of the Scottish Crown

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

Critics - those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame! ~ Robert Burns

A man is a lion in his own cause. ~ Scottish Proverb

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

A tale never loses in the telling. ~ Scottish Proverb

Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one. ~ Scottish Proverb

Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight. ~ Scottish Proverb

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it. ~ Scottish Proverb

The day has eyes, the night has ears. ~ Scottish Proverb

They that live longest, see most. ~ Scottish Proverb

They that smell least, smell best. ~ Scottish Proverb

They that will not be counseled cannot be helped. ~ Scottish Proverb

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion. ~ Scottish Proverb

When the cup is full, carry it even. ~ Scottish Proverb

A thistle is a fat salad for an ass's mouth. ~ Scottish Proverb

Better keep the devil at the door than turn him out of the house. ~ Scottish Proverb

Cutting out well is better than sewing up well. ~ Scottish Proverb

He that loves law will get his fill of it. ~ Scottish Proverb

It is ill fishing if the hook is bare. ~ Scottish Proverb

One may ride a free horse to death ~ Scottish Proverb

What baites one, banes another. ~ Scottish Proverb

Created: 01-January-2006 Revised: 01-January-2008