January 04, 2008

Swedish Proverbs

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, and let no one know what you have in your heart or in your wallet.

All are not men that wear trousers.
Serious and pleasure thrive together.
Big legal processes make well dressed lawyers and naked parties.
Alder fences don't last more than a year.
Not all who fold their hands pray.
Old men carry the almanac in their bones.
Empty barrels make the most noise.
Eyes that do not cry do not see.
He who cannot keep silence cannot speak.
The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
Thou hast a head and so hath a pin.
Better to flee than fence poorly.
Once is nothing, twice is a habit.
The ugliest fish swim in the most shallow waters.
No cow on the ice ('no trouble').
Lick upwards, kick downwards.
Don't sell the fur until the bear has been shot.
Lay first, then cackle.

4 Comments:

At January 07, 2008 3:23 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

"Alder fences don't last more than a year."

please explain.

 
At January 07, 2008 10:12 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Use good material. If you make a fence from alder and it rots after a year, its your own fault.

 
At January 10, 2008 6:09 PM , Blogger reverend dick said...

"lick upwards and kick downwards"...kiss ass and take names?

 
At January 11, 2008 7:09 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Lick up/kick down: The licking up part means keep your boss happy. The kicking down is one of the tenets of the mushroom school of management: Keep your workers in the dark and feed them BS. Also known as S flows downhill.

 

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