Swedish Proverbs


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The joke is the weapon of the witty; being serious is the shield of the stupid.

The tables are turned.

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.

The cow of another has always a bigger udder.

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

The wails of heirs are halfway laughter.

To buy the pig in the bag.

Small wells are soon drained.

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.

The miser is his own mother-in-law.

The waiting man gets the wind behind him.

To dance according to someone’s pipe.

Sour said the fox about rowanberries.

The damage of another is soon forgotten.

The modest one gets nothing.

The way you make your bed, that's how you'll lie down.

To get may rest on luck, to keep may rest on virtue.

Strike while the iron is hot.

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

The more chefs, the better the soup.

The well-bred child chastises itself.

To have a lot of irons in the fire.

Sweep first before your own door before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbors.

The death of one - the bread of the other.

The old have the calendar in their bodies.

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