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40 Old and Beautiful Icelandic Proverbs (WISDOM)

Top 10 Most Famous Icelandic Proverbs (BEST)

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a farmer too lazy to plant his field.
A man too busy to take care of his health is like a farmer too lazy to plant his field.
A bad rower blames his oars.
A bad rower blames his oars.
You can't complain about the sea if you suffer shipwreck for the second time.
You can’t complain about the sea if you suffer shipwreck for the second time.
A good beginning makes a good ending.
A good beginning makes a good ending.
You will reach your destination even though you travel slowly.
You will reach your destination even though you travel slowly.
You do not really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.
You do not really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Strike while the iron is hot.
Blind is a man without a book.
Blind is a man without a book.
It is difficult to steal when the boss is a thief.
It is difficult to steal when the boss is a thief.

12 Wise Icelandic Proverbs About Life (WISDOM)

Pissing in your shoes won't keep your feet warm for long.
Pissing in your shoes won’t keep your feet warm for long.
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
It is better one time to see things than one hundred times to hear about them.
It is better one time to see things than one hundred times to hear about them.
It is better to suffer in the name of truth than being rewarded for lying.
It is better to suffer in the name of truth than being rewarded for lying.
The generous and bold have the best lives.
The generous and bold have the best lives.
Strong legs are needed to carry good days.
Strong legs are needed to carry good days.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Every man is defenseless unless he has a brother or a friend.
Every man is defenseless unless he has a brother or a friend.
The one who’s only tasted sweet cannot describe sourness.
The one who’s only tasted sweet cannot describe sourness.
Politeness costs little but yields much.
Politeness costs little but yields much.
If you wish to know what a man is, make him king.
If you wish to know what a man is, make him king.
If the statement applies to you, admit it or do something about it.
If the statement applies to you, admit it or do something about it.

18 Icelandic Proverbs that will Make You Think

On the ladder to success there is always somebody on the rung above you and who uses your head to steady himself.
On the ladder to success there is always somebody on the rung above you and who uses your head to steady himself.
It is easier to look after hundred sheep than one girl.
It is easier to look after hundred sheep than one girl.
The gift expects another gift in return.
The gift expects another gift in return.
Cultures are born and die, but the cheese is immortal.
Cultures are born and die, but the cheese is immortal.
Often does one desire what one does not need.
Often does one desire what one does not need.
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.
Children will thrive best on varied diet.
Children will thrive best on varied diet.
Children generally follow the example of their parents, but imitate their faults more surely than their virtues.
Children generally follow the example of their parents, but imitate their faults more surely than their virtues.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Tell me who you walk with, and I'll tell you who you are.
Tell me who you walk with, and I’ll tell you who you are.
The sun that melts the wox is the same that hardens the mud.
The sun that melts the wox is the same that hardens the mud.
It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest; Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest; Don’t wash your dirty linen in public.
The revenge that is postponed is not forgotten.
The revenge that is postponed is not forgotten.
Those who get praised most loudly, disappoint me the most.
Those who get praised most loudly, disappoint me the most.
There are men so poor that the only thing they have is money.
There are men so poor that the only thing they have is money.
If you get lost in an Icelandic forest, simply stand up and you will find your way.
If you get lost in an Icelandic forest, simply stand up and you will find your way.
There are seven different kind of weather in one autumn night.
There are seven different kind of weather in one autumn night.
A story is only half told if there is only one side presented.
A story is only half told if there is only one side presented.

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