Complete Collection of Scottish Proverbs

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William and John Innys ... and John Osborn, 1721 - Proverbs, Scottish - 400 pages
 

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Page 110 - God ne'er sent the mouths without the meat. God puts his best jewel in his finest cabinet. God sends water to the well that folk thinks will ne'er be dry. [" Spoken when our poor kin and followers are always asking of US as if we should never be exhausted."— Kellyi] God sends fools fortunes.
Page 316 - There are just two things a man should never be angry at — what he can help, and what he cannot help : now neither you nor me can help what the world chooses to say of us.
Page 173 - I can do't wi' slight. If I canna keep my tongue I can keep my siller. If I canna kep geese I can kep gaislins. " If I cannot work my revenge upon the principal author of my injury, I will upon his children, relations, or friends. " — Kelly. If I come I maun bring my stool wi
Page 139 - Morton, who was beheaded by the "maiden" (a kind of guillotine), was the inventor of it.] He that's ill o' his harboury is gude at the way-kenning. ['* Spoken when I ask my neighbour a loan and he tells me that he cannot but such an one can.
Page 217 - It's just as it fa's,' said the wooer to the maid. [''That is, as my affairs and circumstances allow. It took its rise from a courtier, who went to court a maid ; she was dressing supper with a drop at her nose, she asked him if he would stay all night, he answered Just as it falls, meaning if the drop fell among the meat he would go, if it fell by, he would stay.*'— Kelly.} It's like Pathhead lit — soon on, soon aff. [Lit, dye.] It's like Truffy's courtship — short but pithy. It's little o'...
Page 176 - Who -will bell the cat ? The proverb is used in reference to a proposal for accomplishing a difficult or dangerous task, and alludes to the fable of the poor mice proposing to put a bell about the cat's neck, that they might be apprised of his coming. The historical application is well known. When the nobles of Scotland proposed to go in a body to Stirling to take Cochrane, the favourite of James the Third, and hang him, the Lord Gray asked, " It is well said, but wha will bell the cat...
Page 260 - Never take a stone to break an egg, when you can do it with the back of your knife. 1737 A. RAMSAY Scof. Prou. Wks. (1819) III. 191 Ne'er tak a forehammer to break an egg, when ye can do it wi
Page 186 - I winna mak a toil o' a pleasure," quo' the man when he buried his wife. "A man going under his wife's head to the grave was bid go faster, because the way was long and the day short ; answered, ' I will not make a toil of a pleasure.
Page 97 - For better acquaintance' sake, as Sir John Ramsay said when he drank to his father. " Sir John Ramsay had been long abroad, and coming home he accidentally met with his father, who did not .know him ; he invites his father to a glass of wine, and drinks to him for more acquaintance.
Page 77 - Cast a cat ower the house and she'll fa' on her feet. Cast nae snawba's wi' him. [Do not trust him.] Cast the cat ower him. ["It is believed that when a man is raving in a fever, the cat cast over him will cure him ; applied to them whom we hear telling extravagant things as they were raving.

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