Scots Proverbs

Ar uair a thig ur, thig lagh ur.
(When a new king comes, new laws comes)

Chan e sealbh na foatainn.
(The finding of a thing, be no' the owning of it)

Is leam fhein a gleann, 's gash ta ann.
(This glen be mine, and all that be in it)

Aithnichear an leomhann air sgriod de ionga.
(The Lion is kenned by the scratch of his claw)

Farraid air fios, farraid as miosa a th' ann.
(Asking what one kens, the worst kind of asking)

Cha Bhinn teanga leam-leat.
(The double tongue I loveth it no')

Cha bhi braithreachas mu mhnaio no mu fhearann.
(There be nae partnership in women or in land.)

Bheir ao-dochas misneach do ghealtair.
(Desperation driveth in cowards)

B'fhearr suidhe lamh ri fear-cuthaich na lamh ri fear lomnochd.
(Better to sit near a madman than next to a naked man.)*
*In this instance naked is meant as needy, intending to mark that a destitute man is dangerous for he has nothing to lose.

An uair a bhuaileas ru cu, buil gu math e.
(When you striketh a dog, striketh him well)

Is duilich cupan a thoirt do dh'amadan.
(It is hard to give sense to a fool)*
* specifically refers to a male fool!!

Is draghaile caraid amaideach na namhaid glic
(A silly friend is more troublesome than a wise enemy)

Is cuagach ceartas an eucoraich.
(The justice of the unjust is twisted.)

Slàinte maith, h-uile latha, na chi 'snach fhaic!
(Good health, every day, whether I see you or not!)

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

Gun cuireadh do chupa thairis le slainte agus sonas.
(May your cup overflow with health and happiness.)

Slàinte, sonas agus beartas
(Health, wealth and happiness)

A h-uile là sona dhuibh 's gun là idir dona dhuib.
(May all your days be happy ones)


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