Gluais faicilleach le cupan làn.
Go carefully with a full cup.
(for an empty one leaves the hand jittery)
An làmb a bheir, ‘s i a gheibh.
The hand that gives is the hand that gets.
(buy early on, receive more later on)
Cha bhi fios aire math an tobair gus an tràigh e.
The value of the well is not known until it goes dry.
(pray the bartender keeps an extra keg for your favorite tap)
Na toilich do mhiann gus am feuh thu do sporan.
Check your purse before you please yourself.
(dishes and pruny fingers will surely be in your future)
Cha d’fhuair sùil ghionach riamh cunnradh math.
A covetous eye never got a good bargain.
(nor does a black bruise make a good impression)
Cha tèid nì sam bith san dòrn dùinte.
Nothing can get into a closed fist.
(especially the receiver for your one phone call)
Is truagh a’bhantrach a’ phiob.
Poor is the bagpipe when widowed.
Suirghe fada bhon taigh, ‘s pòsadh am bun an dorais.
Go courting afar, but marry next door.
Nì òigear leisg bodach brisg.
A lazy youth will make an active old man.
Saoilidh an duin’ air mhisg gum bi a h-uile duin’ air mhisg ach e fhèin.
The drunk man thinks himself the only one sober.
It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow
Here’s to being single…
And seeing triple!
Here’s to a temperance supper,
With water in glasses tall,
And coffee and tea to end with–
And me not there at all!
I drink to your health when I’m with you,
I drink to your health when I’m alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I’m starting to worry about my own!
Here’s to women’s kisses,
and to whiskey, amber clear;
Not as sweet as a woman’s kiss,
but a darn sight more sincere!