Danish Proverbs (101-200)

Speaking silence is better than senseless speech.

Everyone finds sin sweet and repentance bitter.

He who stands near the woodcutter
is likely to be hit by a splinter.

Silver and gold are all men's dears.

Many a one would like to lay his own
shame on another man's back.

That which comes with sin goes with sorrow.

The shirt is nearer to the body than the coat.

A fair skin often covers a crooked mind.

Take not your sickle to another man's corn.

Sickness comes in haste, and goes at leisure.

You cannot shear the sheep closer than the skin.

Old signs do not deceive.

A pair of light shoes is not all that is needed for dancing.

A man's word is his honor.

Kind words don't wear out the tongue.

The sheep that bleats the most gives the least milk.

Sickness is every man's master.

He knows best where the shoe pinches who wears it.

The dog will not get free by biting his chain.

He who would hang himself is sure to find a rope.

Rust consumes iron, and envy consumes itself.

Between saying and doing there is a great distance.

He runs heavily who is forced to run.

You cannot pull hard with a broken rope.

An old man's sayings are seldom untrue.

A silent man's words are not brought into court.

Not every wood will make wooden shoes.

Diligent work makes a skillful workman.

He that is once at sea, must either sail or sink.

Little saints also perform miracles.

It is a poor roast that gives no dripping.

Give a rogue an inch, and he will take an ell.

To a friend's house the road is never long.

Many little rivulets make a great river.

When there is room in the heart,
there is room in the house.

He who would seek revenge must be on his own guard.

One raven does not peck out another's eyes.

Riches are often abused, but never refused.

It is bitter fare to eat one's own words.

Big words seldom go with good deeds.

Words once spoken cannot be
wiped out with a sponge.

Great men's requests are commands.

Poor relations have little honor.

A short rest is always good.

Rest is good after the work is done.

That may be soon done,
which brings long repentance.

The raven always thinks that his young ones are the whitest.

Late repentance is seldom worth much.

Small profits are sweet.

It is easy to be generous out of another man's purse.

The pride of the poor does not endure.

Another year will bring another Christmas.

Dry wood makes a quick fire.

Quick and well seldom go together.

To promise is easy,
to keep is troublesome.

The priest to his book,
the peasant to his plough.

Profit is better than fame.

It is bad for puppies to play with bear cubs.

What is play to the cat is death to the mouse.

Riches and favor go before wisdom and art.

He who lives without restraint, will die without honor.

The pot boils best on your own hearth.

Praise paves the way to friendship.

He who is scared by words has no heart for deeds.

You may gain by fair words
what may fail you by angry ones.

Short pleasure often brings long repentance.

That which has been eaten out of the pot
cannot be put into the dish.

Faint praise is akin to abuse.

A good pilot is not known when
the sea is calm and the weather fair.

One ploughs, another sows, who will reap no one knows.

Power often goes before talent.

A priest's pocket is not easily filled.

Young pigs grunt as old swine grunted before them.

He is not yet born who can please everybody.

Give a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries,
and you will have a fine pig and a bad child.

Better be convinced by words than by blows.

Fair words please the fool, and sometimes the wise.

He that does not save pennies will never have pounds.

No one so hard upon the poor as
the pauper who has got into power.

One penny is better on land than ten on the sea.

Peace feeds, war wastes; peace breeds, war consumes.

Peace and a well-built house cannot be bought too dearly.

He who sows peas on the highway
does not get all the pods into his barn.

Peace must be bought even at a high price.

He who was born to pennies will never be master of dollars.

That which is stamped a penny will never be a pound.

A penny in time is as good as a dollar.

A wound never heals so well
that the scar cannot be seen.

The rich widow's tears soon dry.

No one can be caught in places he does not visit.

You cannot have peace longer than your neighbor chooses.

Better a little in peace and with right than much with anxiety and strife.

Onions, smoke, and a shrew make a good man's eyes water.

A blind pigeon may sometimes find a grain of wheat.

You may force an ox to the water,
but you cannot make him drink.

It is useless to gape against an oven.

The owl thinks her children the fairest.

Honor the old, teach the young.

Let him stay at the oar who has learned to row.

Better the world should know you as a sinner
than God know you as a hypocrite.

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