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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “F”

  • Foul water slokens fire.
  • Fools are fain of flitting.
  • Falshood made never a fair Hinder-end.
  • Far fowls have fair feathers.
  • Follie is a bonny Dog.
  • Fair heights makes fools fain.
  • Freedome is a fair thing.
  • For a tint thing care not.
  • Fool hast is no speed.
  • For fault of wise men fools sits on binks.
  • Forbid a fool a thing, and that he will do.
  • Fools set far trystes.
  • For love of the Nuris, many kisses the Bairn.
  • Fair words brake never bane, foul words many ane.
  • Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.
  • Fools are fain of right nought.
  • Far fought, and dear bought, is good for Ladies.
  • Follow love, and it will flee from thee; leave it, and it will follow thee.
  • Fill fow, and had fow, makes a starke man.
  • Fools should have no chappin sticks.
  • Fidlers, dogs and flies, come to the feast uncalled.
  • Fire is good for the farcy.
  • Few words sufficeth to a wise man.
  • Friendship stands not in One side.


Scottish Proverbs

Many fine collections of Scottish proverbs have been published over the years. An assortment of some of our favorites are available as new or used copies. Your purchase will help support the non-profit activitites of Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads.

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