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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “H”

  • Had-I-fish, was never good with Garlick.
  • He that is welcome fares well.
  • He that spends his geir on a whore, hes both shame and skaith.
  • Hunger is good Kitchir-meat.
  • He mon have leave to speak that cannot had his tongue.
  • He that is far from his geir, is near his skaith.
  • He that lippens to bon plows, his land will ly ley.
  • He rides sicker that fell never.
  • Help thy self, and God will help thee.
  • He that will not hear motherhead, shall hear stepmotherhead.
  • He that crabs without cause, should mease without mends.
  • He that spares to speak, spares to speed.
  • He that may not do as he would, mon do as he may.
  • He is well easit that hes ought of his own, when others go to meat.
  • He that does ill hates the light.
  • He that speaks the things he should not, hears the things he would not.
  • He that is evil deem’d is half hang’d.
  • He that tholes, overcomes.
  • He rises over early that is hangit ere noon.
  • He that forsakes missour, missour forsake him.
  • Half a tale is enough to a wise man.
  • He that hews over hie, the spail will fall into his eye.
  • He that eats while he lasts, will be the war while he die.
  • He is a weak Horse that may not bear the Saddle.
  • He that borrows and bigs; makes feasts and thigs; drinks and is not dry; these three are not thrifty.
  • He is a proud Tod that will not scrape his own Hole.
  • He is wise, when he is well can had him sa.
  • He is poor that God Hates.
  • He is wise, that is ware in time.
  • He is wise who can make a friend of a foe.
  • Hair, and hair, makes the Carles head bare.
  • Hear all parties.
  • He that is red for windlestraws, should not sleep in lees.
  • He that is fraid of a far [unreadable] should never hear thunder.
  • He is not the fool that the fool is, but he that with the fool deals.
  • He loves me for little that hates me for nought.
  • He that hes twa huirds, is able to get the third.
  • He is a fairy beggar that may not goe by ane mans door.
  • Hall-binks are fliddery.
  • He is not the best Wright that hews the maniest speals.
  • He that evill does, never good weins.
  • Hoordom and grace, can never bide in one place.
  • He that counts all costs, will never put plow in the yeard.
  • He that slayes, shall be slain.
  • He that is ill of his harbery, is good of his way kenning.
  • He that will not when he may, shalt not when he wald.
  • Hanging gangs by hap.
  • He that comes un-call’d sits un-serv’d.
  • He was scant of news, that told his father was hang’d.
  • He that comes first to the hill, may sit where he will.
  • He that was born to be hang’d will never be drown’d.
  • He gangs early to steal, that cannot say Na.
  • He that shames, shall be shemt.
  • He should wear iron shone, that bides his neighbours deed.
  • Half a nuch is half sill.
  • Hunger is hard in a heal man.
  • He is a fairy Cook, that may not lick his own fingers.
  • He is good that fail’d never.
  • He plaints early that plaints on his kail.
  • He that does his turn in time, sits half idle.
  • He is twise fain, that sits on a slane.
  • Hald in geir, helps well.
  • Hunting, hawking, and paramours, for one joy an hundred displeasures.
  • He that marries e’re he be wise, will die e’re he thrive.
  • He that marries a Daw, eats meikle dirt.
  • Huly and fair men rides far journeys.
  • Hast makes wast.
  • He that looks not e’re he loup, will fall e’re he wit of himself.
  • He that counts but his Host, counts twise.
  • He that hes gold may buy land.
  • He should have a heal pow, that cals his neighbour nikkynow.
  • He is worth no weil that may bide no wae.
  • He that owes the Cow goes nearest her tail.
  • He should have a long shafted spoon that sups kail with the Devil.
  • Happy man, happy cavil.
  • He sits above that deals aikers.
  • Hame is hamely, though never so seemly.
  • He hes wit at will, that with angry heart can hold him still.
  • He that is hated of his subjects, cannot be counted a King.
  • Hap and an halfpennie is worlds geir enough.
  • He is fairest dung when his own wand dings him.
  • He calls me scabbed, because I will not call him skade.
  • He is blind that eats his marrow, but far blinder that lets him.
  • Have God and have All.
  • Honesty is na pride.
  • He that fishes afore the net, long e’re he fish get.
  • He tint never a Cow, that grat for a needle.
  • He that hes no geir to tine, hes shins to pine.
  • Hea, will gar a deaf man hear.
  • He that takes all his geir fra himself, and gives it to his bairns, it were weil ward to take a mell and knock out his hairns.
  • He sits full still that hes a riven brick.
  • He that does bidding, deserves na dinging.
  • He that blaws best bears away the Horn.
  • He is well staikit thereben, that will neither borrow, nor len.


Scottish Proverbs

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