norse proverbs

A cleaved head no longer plots.

A head stuck on a pike no longer conspires.

Brawl with a pig and you go away with his stink.

Cattle die, kinsmen die; the self must also die. I know one thing which never dies: the reputation of each dead man.

Fear the reckoning of those you have wronged.

One who sees his friends roasted on a spit tells all he knows.

The madman often tells the truth.

The man that walks his own road, walks alone.

The speech of a maiden should no man trust, nor the words which a woman says; for their hearts were shaped on a whirling wheel, and falsehood fixed in their breasts.

To be without silver is better than to be without honour.

Where you recognise evil, speak out against it, and give no truces to your enemies.

About this entry