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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “O”

  • Of the Earth mon the dike be biggit.
  • Of other mens leather, men take large whangs.
  • Over hot, over cold.
  • Of two ills choose the least.
  • Over meikle of any thing is good for nothing.
  • Of ane ill comes many.
  • Of enough, men leave.
  • Over high, over laigh.
  • Of need make Virtue.
  • Over fast, over loose.
  • Of all War, Peace is the final end.
  • Over great familiarity genders despight.
  • Of ill Debtois men takes Oattes.
  • Over jolly dow not.
  • Oft counting makes good friends.
  • Of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
  • Over narrow counting culzies no kindnesse.
  • Out of sight, out of langer.


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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