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A quaint proverb of this class I have been told of as coming from the reminiscences of an old lady of quality, to recommend a courteous manner to every one: It's aye gude to be ceevil, as the auld wife said when she beckit  to the deevil.
"It's aye gude to be ceevil," quo 'the auld wife when she beckit to the deevil.