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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “T”

  • Two Wolves may worry ane Sheep.
  • There is remead for all things but starke dead.
  • There is little to the rake to get after the beisome.
  • There came never ill of good Advisement.
  • There was never a Cake, but it had a make.
  • There is no friend, to a friend in mister.
  • Take time while time is, for time will away.
  • Tide and time, bides na man.
  • Time tries the truth.
  • The mair haste, the war speed.
  • The tree falls not at the first strake.
  • Thou wilt get no more of the cat, but the skin.
  • There are many sooth words spoken in bourding.
  • There is na thief without a Resetter.
  • There is many a fair thing full false.
  • There is na man so deaf as he that will not hear.
  • There was never a fair word in flyting.
  • The mouth that lyes, slayes the foul.
  • Trot mother, trot father, how should the foal amble?
  • They were never fain that fidgit.
  • Two fools in ane house, is over many.
  • The day hes eyne, the night hes ears.
  • The more ye tramp in a [unreadable] it grows the broader.
  • That which hussies spares, Cats eat.
  • The weakest goes to the walls.
  • There is no medicine for fear.
  • Touch a gall’d Horse on the back and he will fling.
  • There is no fool to an old fool.
  • There is none without a fault.
  • The longer we live, the more farlies we see.
  • They are welcome that brings.
  • Twa Daughters, and a back-door, are three stark thieves.
  • The Piper wants meikle, that wants the nether chafts.
  • There came never a large Fart forth of a Wrans [unreadable].
  • Teem bags rattles.
  • The thing that is fristed, is not forgiven.
  • Take part of the pelf when the pack is a dealing.
  • Tread on a Worm and she will stir her tail.
  • They are lightly herrite, that hes all their awn.
  • The Craw thinks her awn Bird fairest.
  • They buy good cheap that brings nothing hame.
  • Thraw the wand while it is green.
  • The Sowter’s wife is worst shod.
  • They will know by an half-penny if a Preist will take offering.
  • The worst world that ever was, some man wan.
  • The Tailours wife is worst clad.
  • Take him up there with his five Egges, and four of them rotten.
  • Thy tongue is no slander.
  • This bolt came never out of your bag.
  • There is little sap in dry peis hools.
  • Tarrowing bairns were never fat.
  • The mother of mischief is na mair nor a midgewing.
  • The higher up, the greater fall.
  • There are many fair words in the marriage making, but few in the tochergood paying.
  • True love kythes in time of need.
  • There is nothing mair precious nor time.
  • The mair cost, the mair honour.
  • The lesse play the better.
  • They that speirs meikle will get wot of part.
  • There is meikle between word and deed.
  • There are mae wayes to the wood nor ane.
  • The blind Horse is hardiest.
  • The mae the merrier, the fewer the better cheer.
  • They are good willy of their Horse that hes none.
  • Three may keep counsel if twa be away.
  • They put at the Cairt, that is ay gangan.
  • Twa wits is better nor ane.
  • They laugh ay that wins.
  • There are mae maidens, nor maukin.
  • They mense little the mouth, that bites off the nose.
  • There is nothing so crouse, as a new washen louse.
  • They are as wife, as speir not.
  • This world will not last ay.
  • Twa hungry meltithes makes the third a glutton.
  • The grace of God is geir enough.
  • Thou shouldst not tell thy foe when thy foot sleeps.
  • The greatest Clerks are not the wisest men.
  • There belongs mair to a bed nor four bare leggs.
  • They had never an ill day, that had a good evening.
  • There is meikle hid meat in a Goose eye.
  • Take a man by his word, and a Cow by her horn.
  • The shots overgoes the old swine.
  • Touch me not on the fair heel.
  • The Malt is above the Meal.
  • There is a dog in the well.
  • Thy Thumb is under my Belt.
  • The goose-pan is above the roast.
  • The next time ye dance, wit whom ye take by the hand.


Scottish Proverbs

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