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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

Proverbs Beginning with “Y”

  • Ye should be a King of your word.
  • Your winning is no my tinsel.
  • Ye may puind for debt, but not for unkindnesse.
  • Ye learn your Father to get bairns.
  • Ye will break your crag as soon as your fast in his house.
  • Ye ride a bootlesse errand.
  • Ye may not sit in Rome, and strive with the Pope.
  • Ye seek grace at a gracelesse face.
  • Ye strive against the stream.
  • Ye drive a Snail to Rome.
  • Youth never casts for peril.
  • Ye seek hot water under cold ice.
  • Ye breed of the cat, ye would fain have fish, but ye have na will to wet your feet.
  • Youth and age will never agree.
  • Ye will get war bodes ere Beltan.
  • Ye breed of the gouk, ye have not a rime but ane.
  • Ye may drink of the burn, but not bite of the brae.
  • Ye cannot make a silk purse of a sows lug.
  • Ye have a face to God, and another to the Devil.
  • Ye breed of the Millers dog, ye lick your lips ere the poke be open.
  • Ye would doe little for God, and the Devil were dead.
  • Ye have a ready mouth for a ripe cherry.


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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