Icelandic Proverbs


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You can't complain about the sea if you suffer shipwreck for the second time.

You do not really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.

You will not choke on big words and pig fat.

You will reach your destination even though you travel slowly.

Money makes monkeys of men.

One enemy is too many; 100 friends are far too few.

The child that lives solely at home, becomes short of sight.

Wrath often consumes what god gives husbands.

More flies mean more food.

One half our fatherlands is the ocean.

The generous and bold have the best lives.

Much always longs for more.

Our good life sure is there for us, unless we learned some bad conduct in our home as children.

The man is as good as the day is long.

My enemy isn't the one who harms me, but the one who makes me evil.

People come where people are.

The more renowned woman often has fewer rings.

Necessity teaches naked woman to spin.

Pissing in your shoes won't keep your feet warm for long.

The revenge that is postponed is not forgotten.

If you wish to know what a man is, make him king.

Need is a bad negotiator.

Politeness costs little but yields much.

The sun that melts the wox is the same that hardens the mud.

It is better one time to see things than one hundred times to hear about them.

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