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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “N”

  • Neirest the King, neirest the Widdie.
  • No man can play the fool so well as the wise man.
  • No plea is best.
  • Nature passes Nurture.
  • New Lords, new Laws.
  • Neirest the heart, neirest the mouth.
  • Na man can both sup and blow together.
  • Nothing comes sooner to light, than that which is long hid.
  • Nothing enters a close Hand.
  • Neir is the Kirtle, but neirer is the Sark.
  • Need hes no law.
  • No man may puind for unkindnesse.
  • Neirest to the Kirk, farthest fra God.
  • Need makes Virtue.
  • Never rade, never fell.
  • Nothing is difficile to a weill willed man.
  • Need gars naked men run, and sorrow gars Websters spin.
  • No man can seek his marrow in the Kirn, so weil as he that hes bin in it himself.
  • No man makes his own hap.
  • No penny, no pardon.


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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