Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Danish proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!
- Give your wife the short knife, and keep the long one for yourself.
- Don’t cross the stream to get water.
- Gray hairs are death’s blossoms.
- Care, and not fine stables, make a good horse.
- Weighty work must be done with few words.
- Beauty draws with a single hair.
- From praise, as from a shadow, a man is neither bigger nor smaller.
- Everything has an end—except a sausage, which has two.
- Envy does not enter an empty house.
- One bite brings another.
- A blind pigeon may sometimes find a grain of wheat.
- Wise men do not quarrel with each other.
- One mangy sheep spoils a whole flock.
- Meddle with dirt and some of it will stick to you.
- A small cloud may hide both sun and moon.
- Every fox looks after his own skin.
- A slight suspicion may destroy a good repute.
- It is no disgrace to be poor, but it can be inconvenient.
- He who feeds the hen is out to have the egg.
- Young people must be taught, old ones be honored.
- Ask advice of your equals.
- It is hard to make a fire on a cold hearth.
- Better half a loaf than none at all.
- Cunning has little honor.
- Beware of the dog himself, his shadow does not bite.
- No man limps because another is hurt.
- He scolds most that can hurt the least.
- He who rises early will gather wisdom.
- Many a cow stands in the meadow and looks wistfully at the common.
- Art and knowledge bring bread and honor.
- Do as others do, and few will mock you.
- Age is a sorry traveling companion.
- He knows best where the shoe pinches, who wears it.
- It is time enough to take off your hat when you see the man.
- Advice after the mischief is like medicine after death.
- A lord without land is like a cask without wine.
- While the dogs yelp, the hare flies to the wood.
- When wisdom fails, luck helps.
- You cannot take a shirt from a naked man.
- If you can’t heal the wound, don’t tear it open.
- You must have good luck to catch hares with a drum.
- Unwilling service earns no thanks.
- The sword keeps the peace of the land.
- “Relatives are the worst friends,” said the fox as the dogs took after him.
- The bow may be bent until it breaks.
- Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
- Flowers are the pledges of fruit.
- Every day has its evening.
- The nobler the blood, the less the pride.
- The sheep is shorn, not the horse.
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One thought on “Danish Proverbs”
Nice…it’s been a long time since I’ve heard some of these.