Quotes and Sayings
have always been known for possessing opinions, and a definite
attitude to both their country and to life. Here are a few of
their pithy and enlightening quotes and sayings. ( Translated
into English )
by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God"
No one in Scotland can escape from the past.
It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost."
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."
The Scots Character is Forged in Granite
That is no Timid Reed. Shaken by the Wind.
the men who've battled foe
the number slain
the lads have fallen
Scotland shall rise again.
Glencoe. A gloomy, eerie place, a valley of sorrow
hewn out of mountains of guilt."
is my country,
land that begat me,
surely my own.
those who toil here
the sweat of their faces
flesh of my flesh
bone of my bone.
that is the mark of the Scots of all classes:
he stands in an attitude towards the past
to Englishmen, and remembers and
the memory of his forebears, good or
and there burns alive in him a sense of identity
the dead even to the twentieth generation.
like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands
the lone sheiling of the misty island
divide us, and the waste of seas-
still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
we in dreams behold the hebridies.
Aberdeen was quite touched when I told him
was so attached to the dear, dear Highlands and
the fine hills so much. There is a great
about the Highlands and Highlanders;
they are such a chivalrous, fine, active people.
aftermath of Culloden exacted penalties
were to leave a permanent scar on the
of Scotland in the deliberate extinction
the Celtic way of life - by killing, destruction,
and deportation. A tragic time,
by any other in Scottish history.
Scots are steadfast - not their clime.
so long as one hundred men remain alive,
shall never under any conditions submit to the
of the English. It is not for glory or riches
honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which
good man will consent to lose but with his life.
DECLARATION OF ARBROATH, 1320
look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.
give your reasons, for your judgement
probably be right, but your reasons
certainly will be wrong.
The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go astray.
the slave of all slaves who serve's none but himself.
willing horse is always worked to death.
that love must speak least.
not all saints that get the name of it.
barrels make the most noise.
wild goose never laid tame eggs.
that board with cats may count on scratches.
that talks to himself speaks to a fool.
be a coward than a corpse.
names brakes no bones.
the cow may die, the grass will still grow.
a beggar a bed and he'll pay you with a louse.
always life in a living man.
goes long barefoot that waits for dead men's shoes.
aye sorrow at somebody's door.
tree doesn't always fall at the first stroke.
worst may be handled when it is known.
never lies but when the holly is green.
worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.
that counts all costs will never
put plough in the earth.
the Lord slight the lady so will the kitchen boys.
should have good memories.
was a bonnie dog but fortune took the tail from it.
always good that's lives far away.
that's born to be hanged will never be drowned.
exchange is no robbery.
the craw flies her tail follows.
that has a big nose thinks everyone speaks of it.
cannot gather berries off a just any bush.
bad wound may heal but a bad name will kill.
good turn deserves another.
ears and short tongues are best.
a good name than a fine face.
friend to all is a friend to none.
and scratching is Scots folk's wooing.
words won't make the pot boil.
is more hurtful than the wrong that caused it.
you spend a year with a cripple
you'll limp at the end of it.
is said that all Scots have a sense of humor
because it is a free gift !
He was a bold man who first ate a Haggis.
argue - simply keep repeating your assertion.
of our neighbor is the only
door out of the dungeon of self.
are lost by calling too often,
and calling too seldom.
keep the devil out, than have to put him out.
fool may ask more than
any wise man can ever answer.
by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God.
dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.
bald head is soon shaved
An easy task is soon completed.)
penniless man walks fast through the market.
fear I have nothing original in me.
may not cure the common cold,
it fails more agreeably than most other things.
but little and say it well.
the wind seeking the harbor !
dogs go down on the strange dog.
who is wettest let him go to the well.
by little, as the cat eats the fish.
bailing the sea with a creel.
worst cow in the fold, lows the loudest.
cannot be helped must be put up with.