Proverbial literature suggests we add moderating elements to it as we find it fit, or at least keep a "maybe", "sometimes" and so on in mind. The ones below are a little sample from the first national collection of Norwegian proverbs by Ivar Aasen [Oa]. About 2.200 of them are published in New Norwegian on the site. Moreover, some 3500 Norwegian proverbs are published in a partially bilingual edition on the site too.
The best fruits of severe experiences are useful to many
Things very often take a bad turn for shameless guys that are running free.*
Need sells. [Oa 152: incomplete)]
It's too bad to want a thing and not be allowed it. [Oa 135]
Make deft use of what you learn to the degree you can gather. [Oa 153]
You don't have to put out the fire when all is burnt out. [Oa 188]
What's good is often forgotten, what's bad is often hidden. [Oa 70]
Good reckoning forms decent friendship. [Oa 164] (2)
It is impossible to be the friend of everyone for long. [Oa 241].
Rather free in a foreign place than slave back home. [Oa 62]
Shameful deeds bring on revenge. [Oa 89]
The headless army can be in for a hard time. [Oa 95]
The best fruits hang highest. [Oa 62]
The summer moments always pass quickly. [Oa 203]
Skills in interpreting figurative mentions may be needed to "crack" some proverbs.
Exposing yourself to danger by weapons in hand, is bad. [Oa 130]
Poor thanks is of the way of the world. [Oa 231]
There is no shame in clothing you have not cut yourself. [Oa 111]
When the glacier sees the spring sun, he weeps. [Oa 103]
Who marries too hastily can regret it too constantly and wistfully. [Oa 70]
Rather a bit correctly than much incorrectly. [Oa 164]
The lowest fence it the easiest to get across. [Oa 69]
It's bad to be ashamed for something very well done. [Oa 183]
It's hard to talk in front of empty pews. [Oa 210]
When you're not given it, you don't have to thank anyone either. [Oa 66]
Fair counsel is a good thing. Some proverbs offer it, other proverbs not
Everybody's friend is true to none. [Oa 241]
It's better to remain with a little shame than to come home again with a great one. [Oa 181]
Hid away hardly means forgotten. [Oa 82]
Who little ventures, little gains. [Oa 250]
You can give a piece of advice, but not good luck along with that. [Oa 171]
It's hard to condemn others, being guilty yourself. [Oa 44]
Anyone has to live on top of good customs where he is settled. [Oa 130]
To be without money is better than to be without honour. [Oa 160]
The lame runs if he has to. [Oa 83]
It's best to search while the trail is new. [Oa 125]
The shame you cannot lift away, you had better let lie. [Oa 197] (6)
A weeping suitor, a barefoot smith, a runaway horse and a stammering minister, who do you prefer? [Oa 218]
To gather and spare can last long. [Oa 193]
Seemingly wild and weird counsel may be inspected, for wild-looking sayings can contain much heart-warming counsel, and useful counsel too.
Maxims and bon mots are often used to steer enterprises.
Seek the helpful counsel of experienced and successful persons that trust you.
The proverbs gathered here, are from an old collection by Ivar Aasen. The proverbs below are occasionally modified somewhat.
Where there is no discipline, there is no honour.
Without discipline, the world would get out of order.
Fodder and care make the cattle pleasant. - Ivar Aasen
It is a poor ear of grain that is without an awn on it. (: It is a miserable creature that
never gets irritated.)
Age changes the hair, but not always the mind.
Age is nothing to boast of; you get it for free.
Age does not always help against foolishness.
Age wants honour.
Old age and poverty are a spiteful company Age and disease walked to the village.
There they found destitution; then they were three.
Age is not like youth.
Age brings much with it Age does not come alone; it brings so much with it.
Age is likely to lead to something worse.
His age does not forget the man Even though the man forgets how old he is, his age
does not forget him.
Where age gets in, he will never get out again.
When old age is good, youth is forgotten.
Aasen, Ivar: Norske ordsprog. 3rd ed. Vestanbok. Voss, 1982. A selection of about 2000 proverbs arranged by key words is on-site.
A larger collection of - 3500 Norwegian proverbs - In part bilingual.
A little round of Norwegian proverbs - Bilingual
Norse proverbs, translated by Olive Bray
Norse proverbs, translated by Henry Adams Bellows
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