Swedish Proverbs


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There would be no slanderers if none would listen to them.

The appetite grows while one eats.

The faults of others are the best teachers.

The poor man has none to envy him.

There's no hurry, said the shoemaker, he had gruel with his awl.

Practice gives skill.

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow

One should go out of the way for little children and drunks.

Praise gets closer than blame.

Shoemaker, stick to your last.

One talks against praise in order to hear it once again

Praise is easier got than kept.

Shoot the bear before you skin it.

One time is no time - two times is a habit.

Praise makes the good man better, blame makes the bad one worse.

Slander makes friends part.

Only child, dear child.

Pray and work.

Slowly but surely.

Other times, other customs.

Premature purchase is repented.

Small pots also have ears.

Other years other hairs.

Prepaid work is slow.

Small tuft often overturns a big load.

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