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Swedish Proverbs

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A hundred tailors, a hundred millers, and a hundred weavers make three hundred thieves.

A lazy thief is better than a lazy servant.

A life without love is like a year without summer.

A man without money is like a boat without sails.

A peacock has too little in its head and too much in its tail.

A piece of bread in your pocket is better than a feather in your hat.

A woman is the last judgment of the man.

Advice should be viewed from behind.

All fools are brothers.

An upstanding peasant is bigger than a nobleman on his knees.

As the master sleeps, the servant dreams.

Being young is a fault which improves daily.

Better to be a poor woman than the slave of the rich.

Butterflies forget that they were once caterpillars.

Death is the last doctor.

Don’t cross the stream to find water.

Don’t let your sorrow come higher than your knees.

Don’t throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.

Eaten bread is soon forgotten.

Empty barrels make the most noise.

Eyes that do not cry do not see.

Fact is stranger than fiction.

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours.

Fear may force a man to cast beyond the moon.

He who cannot keep silence cannot speak.

He who has long fingers should also have long legs.

If you are among the roses, your friends will look for you among the thorns.

If you buy what you don’t need, you steal from yourself.

If you marry money the devil lays an egg in your storeroom.

It is seldom the fault of one when two argue.

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.

Lovely flowers fade fast.

Midsummer night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking.

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

The day we fear hastens toward us, the day we long for creeps.

The master has long arms, but they don’t reach heaven.

The miser is his own mother-in-law.

The young should be taught, the old should be honored.

They who want to sing will always find a song.

Thou are a bitter bird, said the raven to the starling.

Thou hast a head and so hath a pin.

Weeds last the season.

 What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.

What can you expect from a pig but a grunt?

What can’t be alter’d must be borne, not blamed.

What matter if I suffer, if only my neighbor suffers too.

When a blind man carries a lame man, both go forward.

When the sea is calm, every ship has a good captain.

Who is chasing after another must himself rest.

Who sits on your shoulders will try to climb on your head.

Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.

Work is half of health.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worrying never did anyone any good.

You cannot ask more of an ox than a steak.

Source: proverbatim.com


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