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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “M”

  • Many do lack, that yet would fain have in their pack.
  • Many smalls makes a great.
  • Measure, is Treasure.
  • Mint, ere ye strike.
  • Many irons in the fire, pare must cool.
  • Men may buy Gold over dear.
  • Many speaks of Robin Hood, that never shot in his Bow.
  • Maidens should be meek while they be married.
  • Many purses holds friends together.
  • Misterfull folk must not be mensfull.
  • Meat makes, and clothes shapes, but manners makes a man.
  • Many hands makes light work.
  • Meat is good, but Mense is better.
  • Make not twa mewes of ane daughter.
  • Many maisters, quoth the Poddock to the Harrow, when every tind took her a knock.
  • Meat and Masse, never hindred man.
  • Maistery mowes the Meadows down.
  • March Whisquer was never a good Fisher.
  • Mister makes men of craft.
  • Make no balks of good beerland.
  • Mickle Water runs, where the Miller sleeps.
  • Many brings the rake, but few the shovel.
  • Meikle must a good heart thole.
  • Many man makes an errand to the hall to bid the Lady good-day.
  • Many cares for meal that has baken bread enough.
  • Make not meikle of little.
  • Meikle spoken, part must spill.
  • Many tines the half-mark whinger for the half-penny whang.
  • Messengers should neither be headed nor hanged.
  • Meikle has, would ay have more.
  • Men are blind in their own cause.
  • Musle not the Oxens mouth.
  • Many words would have meikle drink.
  • Many man speirs the gate he kens full well.
  • Man propones, but God dispones.
  • Millers take ay the best Multar with their own Hand.
  • Many man serves a thanklesse master.
  • Mustard after meat.
  • Many words fills not the furlot.
  • Meikle Head, little Wit.
  • Many Aunts, many Eames, many kin, and few friends.
  • Mends is worth misdeeds.
  • Men goes over the dike at the laichest.
  • Might oftentimes overcomes right.


Scottish Proverbs

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