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Swedish Proverbs, Quotes and Sayings

Swedish Proverbs, Quotes and Sayings

Alfred Nobel by Emil Österman

Swedish Proverbs, Quotes and Sayings

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“We praise in order to be praised in return.”

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“The liar will only be trusted once.”

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“A stern creditor is a poor payer.”

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“Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow is half sorrow.”

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“Rather an honest ‘no’ than an insincere ‘yes’.”

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“It is darkest before dawn.”

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“Butterflies forget that they were once caterpillars.

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“Best to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

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“The forbidden road is often heavily worn.”

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“Opportunity makes the thief.”

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“A journey of a thousand miles always begins with a single step.”

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“Sin punishes itself.”

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“Do not throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

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“Do not cross the brook for water.”

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“Small wounds and poor friends should not be despised.”

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“Eyes that do not cry, do not see.”

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“The dripping can hollow the stone.”

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“In calm water, every ship has a good captain.”

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”

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“As the master sleeps, the servant dreams.”

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“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

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“An ounce of lying saves tons of explanations.”

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“From children, drunkards, and madmen you get to hear the truth.”

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“You don’t miss the cow until the stall is empty.”

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“Many who kiss the child mean the nurse.”

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“The closer to the source, the clearer the water.”

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“It is easy to cut broad strips off other people’s leather.’

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“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”

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“We notice the faults of others and easily forget our own.”

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“Evening song with drinks: morning song with coughs.”

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“The morning hour has gold.”

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“Don’t let your sorrow come higher than your knees.”

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“Don’t buy the pig in the bag.”

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“All eggs should not be put in one basket.”

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“Even a small star shines in the darkness.”

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“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”

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“Those are wise that heed advice.”

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“The road to hell is lined with good resolutions.”

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“Don’t saw off the branch you’re sitting on.”

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“When the cat is away, the rats dance on the table.”

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“Business is good when both parties make a good bargain.”

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“The nail that sticks out gets struck.”

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“Love me when I least deserve it because that’s when I really need it.”

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“Work is half of health.”

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“One should not bow before stupidity merely because it is old.”

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“God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.”

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“Luck never gives; it only lends.”

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“New brooms sweep the best.”

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“Better to be a poor woman than the slave of the rich.”

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“Children do as you do, not as you say.”

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“Joy and sorrow are next-door neighbors.”

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“In spring no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.”

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“Paid work progresses slowly.”

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“The more chefs, the worse the soup.”

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“Don’t cross the stream to find water.”

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“He laughs best who laughs last.”

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“Money opens all gates but heavens.”

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“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.”

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“Do not judge all you see, do not believe all you hear, do not do all you can, do not say all you know, do not eat all you have, let no one know what you have in your heart or in your wallet.”

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Quotes by Famous People from Sweden

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“The longest journey is the journey inward.” – Dag Hammarsköld

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“Hope is nature’s veil for hiding truth’s nakedness.” – Alfred Nobel

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“Be yourself. The world worships the original.” – Ingrid Bergman

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“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.” – Alfred Nobel

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“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”  – Ingrid Bergman

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“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”  – Ingrid Bergman

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“I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that counts in success.”  – Ingrid Bergman

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“To write well and to speak well is mere vanity if one does not live well.” – Bridget of Sweden

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“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.” – Ingrid Bergman

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“Second, to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.” – Alfred Nobel

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“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!” – Ingrid Bergman

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“Friendship needs no words — it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.” – Dag Hammarsköld

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“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” – Ingrid Bergman

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“You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.” – Bjorn Borg

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“Be yourself. The world worships the original.” – Ingrid Bergman

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“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Nobel

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“You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” – Ingrid Bergman

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Museums in Sweden

A Tour of European Proverbs & Quotes

Famous People from Sweden

  • Greta Garbo
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Alfred Nobel
  • Ingvar Kamprad
  • Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Agneta Fältskog
  • Bjorn Borg
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović
  • Gustav III of Sweden
  • Stieg Larsson
  • Astrid Lindgren
  • Max von Sydow
  • John Ericsson
  • Anders Celsius
  • Greta Thunberg

Sweden

  • Country:                          Sweden
  • Swedish:                          Konungariket Sverige
  • Capital:                            Stockholm
  • Official languages:           Swedish
  • Population:                     10 million

Sweden

 

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“The longest journey is the journey inward.”
– Swedish Proverb

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Photo Credit: Emil Österman (1870-1927) / Public domain

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