Finnish Proverbs


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Even a poor man owns the sun and the stars.

From the ditch to the water jump.

He who praises the past blames the present.

If you borrow some chaff from the rich man you have to repay him with wheat.

Keeping yourself and your food clean, you'll get more from it.

Money's for buying and a horse is for riding.

One time after the denial.

Roll me, don't curse me, said the stone to the ploughman.

The brave eat the soup, the timid die of hunger.

The mocked may grow up to dignity, but the mocker will never outgrow his juvenile behaviour.

The wise person is only cheated once.

War does not determine who is right, only who is remaining.

Who is raised without discipline, will die without honor.

You get a lot of these blows, said the busy bee when he flew against a brick wall.

Even a small star shines in the darkness.

Geese are caught with Geese.

He who shares the meat is always left with the bone.

If you cannot find peace within yourself, it is useless to look elsewhere.

Learn to walk before you can run.

Mother's goodness is deeper than the sea.

One who grows up without discipline will die without glory.

Send a child to do your errands, go do them yourself afterwards.

The butchers children go to bed hungry.

The moon is the sun of young men.

The wolf makes a terrible shepherd.

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