Scottish Proverbs (301-350)

Many heads are better than one.

Never strive against the stream.

The stone that lies not in your
gate breaks not your toes.

It is good to have two strings to one's bow.

The stoup that goes often to the well,
comes home broken at last.

All things thrive at thrice.

He that suffers patiently overcomes.

Good watch prevents harm.

Every thing is the worse for the wearing.

Better late thrive, as never do well.

Every thing would fain live.

Gold is good but it may be dear bought.

An ill cook should have a good cleaver.

A whore in a fine dress is like a
dirty house with a clean door.

A nice wife and a back door will
soon make a rich man poor.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help, and what he cannot help.

A long tongue has a short hand.

He must have leave to speak who cannot hold his tongue.

Time and tide will stay for no man.

An ill tongue may do much.

Time and thought tame the strongest grief.

A threatened tree stands long.

A turn well done is twice done.

Every crow thinks its own young one prettiest.

He that does his turn in time, sits half idle.

What's my turn today may be yours tomorrow.

Never pour water on a drowned mouse.

Whoredom and grace dwelt never in one place.

All the truth should not be told.

Between ten and thirteen, bow the twig while it is green.

He that does you an ill turn will never forgive you.

Better unborn than untaught.

Good wares make a quick market.

The weakest goes to the wall.

An ill-natured cow should have short horns.

A boaster and a liar are near akin.

Cast not out the foul water till you bring in the clean.

Much water goes by the miller when he sleeps.

A wager is a fool's argument.

An ill cow may have a good calf.

If you sell your purse to your wife,
give your breeches into the bargain.

Be it better, be it worse, be ruled by him that has the purse.

Yawning goes from man to man.

Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark.

Better never begun as never ended.

We are bound to be honest, but not to be rich.

It is ill to waken sleeping dogs.

Every man’s tale is good till another’s been told.

It’s a poor thing that’s not worth asking.

A bald head is soon shaved.

A dog will not howl if you strike him with a bone.

Every dog has his day, and a bitch two afternoons.

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