As well as having a unique sense of humor, our Gaelic ancestors had the ability to see to the heart of the matter. Their system of values are revealed in the traditional "Sean-fhacail" or proverbs.
As an teine don ghriasaich out of the fire, into the embers, from bad to worse
Luathaid gu deanamh maille to much rush causes delay.
Iallan fada a lethair duin eile Long laces from another mans leather. Taking advantage of another
Am fear a gheibh ainm na mocheirich, faoaidh e cadal anmoch The man who is known as an early riser can sleep late.
Gheibh faidhidinn furstachd patience will get relief or reward
Bosd gun chur leis Pride with nothing to back it up
SW ann mu seach a sheideas na builg The bellows blow one about; one is up today and down tomorrow.
Mollaidh an t-each math e fhein The good horse will praise itself.
Cha tig spilgein air fear eiginn A person in need gets nothing