Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Norwegian proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!
- Tomorrow is the day that idlers get busy.
- From a gruff word, both harm and murder may ensue.
- The ancients were no fools.
- The headless army can be in for a hard time.
- Better to live with certainty than in hope.
- The craziest speak most truly.
- The patch always has to be larger than the hole.
- Too shy gets nowhere ahead.
- The eye wants to be where it is dear, and the hand where it hurts.
- The best friends are fewest.
- To be a hero, hang on for a minute longer.
- Respect gives power.
- Everything does not go as we guess.
- Better bend to get through the door than run one’s head against a stone wall.
- Shameful deeds bring on revenge.
- All madmen are not the same.
- There is a knack to every handicraft.
- There is no wind that blows right for the sailor who doesn’t know where the harbor is.
- Other times, other customs.
- The lame runs if he has to.
- The taller the house, the heavier the storm.
- The burden of someone else is always light.
- Straight ahead is shortest, but not always easiest.
- The afterthought is good, but forethought is better.
- Everyone wants to turn the prettiest side forward.
- Children do children’s work.
- Fodder and care make the cattle pleasant.
- In every woman, there is a queen. Speak to the queen, and the queen will answer.
- All food does not come upon one single dish.
- To gather and spare can last long.
- It is easier to learn from the damage of another.
- If you bend the bow too much, it will break.
- Most prayers go unanswered anyway.
- A weeping suitor, a barefoot smith, a runaway horse and a stammering minister—who do you prefer?
- Bad is called good when worse happens.
- Better wind one’s way on dry land than lie in water and call.
- The best cure meets the disease before it enters the home.
- Too clean has no taste.
- Child memories will last long.
- Hidden away hardly means forgotten.
- Age wants honor.
- Better barefooted than without jeans.
- The old are the eldest.
- Age is nothing to boast of; you get it for free.
- The best fruits hang highest.
- On the road between the homes of friends, grass does not grow.
- It’s no shame to look into the warm spring sun and regret a lost limb.
- Better an iron dictatorship than a golden anarchy.
- Not everyone can have the bishop for his uncle.
- There never was so bad a crow that it did not want a mate.
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3 thoughts on “Norwegian Proverbs”
Norway is so incredibly beautiful, especially in winter. I grew up in the countryside there.
I love these – thanks for sharing 🙂
It’s a pleasure! We’ll continue to add more to the collection!