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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “G”

Scottish bagpiper

Scottish bagpiper; detail from a vintage postcard.

  • Give never the Wolf the Wedder to keep.
  • Gods help is nearer nor the fair even.
  • Good wine needs not a wisp.
  • Grace is best for the man.
  • Goe shoe the Geese.
  • Giff, gaff, makes good friends.
  • Good chear, and good cheap, garres many haunt the House.
  • God sends men cold, as they have clothes to.
  • Good-will should be tane in part of payment.
  • God sends never the mouth, but the meat with it.
  • Girne when you knit, and laugh when ye loose.
  • Go to the Devil for Gods-sake.
  • God sends meat, and the Devil sends Cooks.


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.

You are free to use the proverbs in this online collection on your own site as long as you credit Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads as the source and provide a link to our Web site:

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