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Scottish Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs of Scotland

Give me but one hour of ScotlandFrom ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
Scottish Saying

Give me but one hour of Scotland,
Let me see it ere I die.
William Edmondstoune Aytoun

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Robert Burns

There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
James M. Barrie

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Robert Burns

Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise.
Robert Burns
Afton Water.

Kilt, n. - a costume sometimes worn by Scotsmen in America and Americans in Scotland.
Ambrose Bierce

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
Robert Burns
This Scottish dinner toast known as The Selkirk Grace is attributed to Burns. But the words were said to be in use long before his time.

It's guid to be merry and wise,
It's guid to be honest and true,
It's guid to support Caledonia's cause
And bide by the buff and the blue.
Robert Burns
Here's a Health to Them that's Awa'.

Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,
O'er a' the ills o' life victorious.
Robert Burns
Tam o' Shanter.

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white-then melts forever.
Robert Burns
Tam o' Shanter.

Nae man can tether time or tide.
Robert Burns
Tam o' Shanter.

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Robert Burns
To a Mouse.

Ye banks and braes o' bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu' o' care!
Robert Burns
The Banks o' Doon.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Robert Burns
My Heart's in the Highlands.

Green grow the rashes, O;
Green grow the rashes, O;
The sweetest hours that e'er I spend
Are spent among the lasses, O.
Robert Burns
Green Grow the Rashes, O.

Beauty's of a fading nature
Has a season and is gone!
Robert Burns
Will Ye Go and Marry Katie?

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn.
Robert Burns
Man was made to Mourn.

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed
Or to Victorie!
Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour!
See approach proud Edward's power,
Chains and slaverie!
Robert Burns
Scots, What Hae.

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us do - or die!
Robert Burns
Scots, What Hae.

From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs.
Robert Burns
The Cotter's Saturday Night.

O Scotia! my dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to heaven is sent;
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content.
Robert Burns
The Cotter's Saturday Night.

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
Robert Burns
To a Louse.

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?
Robert Burns
Comin thro' the rye.

A man may drink, and no be drunk;
A man may fight, and no be slain;
A man may kiss a bonie lass,
And aye be welcome back again!
Robert Burns
Duncan Davison.

This is my country,
The land that begat me,
These windy spaces
Are surely my own.
and those who toil here
In the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh
And bone of my bone.
Sir Alexander Gray

For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes:
that he stands in an attitude towards the past
unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and
cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or
bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity
with the dead even to the twentieth generation.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord Aberdeen was quite touched when I told him
I was so attached to the dear, dear Highlands and
missed the fine hills so much. There is a great
peculiarity about the Highlands and Highlanders;
and they are such a chivalrous, fine, active people.
Queen Victoria

The aftermath of Culloden exacted penalties
which were to leave a permanent scar on the
Highlands of Scotland in the deliberate extinction
of the Celtic way of life - by killing, destruction,
confiscation and deportation. A tragic time,
unequalled by any other in Scottish history.
Iain Campbell

The Scots are steadfast - not their clime.
Thomas Crawford

For so long as one hundred men remain alive,
we shall never under any conditions submit to the
domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches
or honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which
no good man will consent to lose but with his life.
The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.
Voltaire

Scottish by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God.
Anonymous

No one in Scotland can escape from the past.
It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost.
Geddes MacGregor

To a Scot, the past clings like sand to wet feet,
and is carried about as a burden.
The many ghosts are always a part of them, inescapable."
Geddes MacGregor

Glencoe. A gloomy, eerie place, a valley of sorrow
hewn out of mountains of guilt.
Geddes MacGregor

Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands
and Lowlands together.
Alexander Smith

A man is a lion in his own cause.
Scottish Proverb

A penny saved is a penny gained.
Scottish Proverb

A tale never loses in the telling.
Scottish Proverb

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
Scottish Proverb

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
Scottish Proverb

Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
Scottish Proverb

Confessed faults are half mended.
Scottish Proverb

Never marry for money, ye'll borrow it cheaper.
Scottish Proverb

Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight.
Scottish Proverb

Get what you can and keep what you have; that's the way to get rich.
Scottish Proverb

Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more.
Scottish Proverb

Luck never gives; it only lends.
Scottish Proverb

Money is flat and was meant to be piled up.
Scottish Proverb

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it.
Scottish Proverb

Never let your feet run faster than your shoes.
Scottish Proverb

Open confession is good for the soul.
Scottish Proverb

Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.
Scottish Proverb

The day has eyes, the night has ears.
Scottish Proverb

The devil's boots don't creak.
Scottish Proverb

There never came ill of good advisement.
Scottish Proverb

They are good that are away.
Scottish Proverb

They talk of my drinking but never my thirst.
Scottish Proverb

They that dance must pay the fiddler.
Scottish Proverb

They that live longest, see most.
Scottish Proverb

One may ride a free horse to death.
Scottish Proverb

They that smell least, smell best.
Scottish Proverb

They that will not be counselled cannot be helped.
Scottish Proverb

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
Scottish Proverb

To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.
Scottish Proverb

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

When the cup is full, carry it even.
Scottish Proverb
 


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