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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “S”

  • Scots-men reckon ay fra an ill hour.
  • Send, and fetch.
  • Sairy be your meil-poke, and ay your nieve in the nook on’t.
  • Sike Priest, sike Offering.
  • Swear by your brunt shins.
  • Seying goes good cheap.
  • She that takes gifts her self, she sels; and she that gives, does nought else.
  • She is a sairy mouse, that hes but one Hole.
  • Shod in the cradle, bair-foot in the Stubble.
  • Spit on the Stane, and it will be wet at the last.
  • Sike lippes, sike Latace.
  • Soon gotten, soon spended.
  • Saw thin, and maw thin.
  • Speir at Jock-thief my marrow, if I be a leal man.
  • Seldom rides, tynes the spurres.
  • She’s a foul bird that syles her own nest.
  • Sike man, sike master.
  • Seil comes not while sorrow be gone.
  • Sooth bourd is na bourd.
  • Sike a man as thou would be, draw thee to sike company.
  • Seldom lies the Devil dead by the dike side.
  • Sike father, sike son.
  • Soft fire makes sweet malt.
  • Sturt payes na Debt.
  • Self do, self ha.
  • Surfeit slayes mae nor the sword,
  • Shame shall fall them that shame thinks, to do themselves a good turn.
  • Shew me the man, and I will shew you the Law.
  • Seek your sauce where you get your Ale.
  • Shro the ghuest the house is the war of.
  • Sokeing sale is best.
  • Send him to the sea and he will not get water.
  • Shame is past the shad of your haire.
  • She hath past the discipline of a Tavern.
  • Sain you will fra the Devil, and the Lairds bairns.
  • Small winning makes a heavy purse.
  • Sike answer as a man gives, sike will he get.
  • Soon ripe, soon rotten.


Scottish Proverbs

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