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SCOTTISH SAYINGS AND QUOTATIONS

Sayings
Quotations/Proverbs
Ane guid freend is worth mony relations.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne?
Robert Burns - Auld Lang Syne
A man is a lion for his ain cause.
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
Anger's short-lived in a guid man.

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

Be a freend to yersel, an ithers will.
Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled;
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to you gory bed,
Or to victory!
Robert Burns- Bruce to His Men at Bannockburn
Better alane than in ill company.
From the lone sheiling of the misty island
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas-
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
And we in dreams behold the hebridies.
Anon
Better a small fish than a empty dish.

Wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see ourselves as others see us!
- Robert Burns

Be what ye seem an seem what ye are.

Some hae meat and cannae eat
Some would eat that want it
But we hae meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit!
- Robert Burns

Broken freendships can be soother'd, but never soond.
O, my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my luve is like a melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
- Robert Burns
Chairity begins at hame, but shouldna end there.
Adieu, dear, amiable youth!
Your heart can ne'er be wanting!
May prudence, fortitude, and truth,
Erect your brow undaunting!
In ploughman phrase, 'God send you speed,'
Still daily to grow wiser;
And may ye better reck the rede,
Than ever did th' adviser!
- Robert Burns
Every man for hissel, an God for us a'.
O Thou that in the Heavens does dwell,
Wha, as it pleases best Thysel,
Sends ane to Heaven, an ten to Hell,
A' for Thy glory,
And no for onie guid or ill
They've done before Thee!
- Robert Burns
Gratitude preserves auld freendships an begets new.
Now, wha this tale o truth shall read,
Ilk man, and mother's son, take heed:
Whene'er to drink you are inclin'd,
Or cutty sarks rin in your mind,
Think! ye may buy the joys o'er dear:
Remember Tam o Shanter's mare.
- Robert Burns
I think mair o yer kindness than it's aa worth.
Then let us pray that come it may
[As come it will for a' that],
That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree an a' that.
For a' that, an a' that,
It's comin yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world, o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that.
- Robert Burns
It' s guid to begin weel, but better to end weel.
My lov'd, much honour'd, much respected friend!
No mercenary bard his homage pays;
With honest pride, I scorn each selfish end,
My dearest meed, a friend's esteem and praise:
To you I sing, in simple Scottish lays,
The lowly train in life's sequester'd scene;
The native feelings strong, the guileless ways;
What Aiken in a cottage would have been;
Ah! tho his worth unknown, far happier there I ween!
- Robert Burns
It's no lost what a freend gets.  
Kindness comes o will, it canna be coft.  
Learn young, learn fair learn auld, learn mair.  
Little an aften fills the purse.  
Nae wonder ye're auld like, ilka thing fashes ye.  
Never speak ill o them whase breid ye eat.  
See for love an buy for silver.  
The best laid schemes o mice an men gangs aft agley.  
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