Danish Proverbs (301-400)

It is better to scrape the cheese than to peel it.

A child must creep until it learns to walk.

He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.

Cunning has little honor.

Damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich.

National customs are national honors.

The corn that is taken to a bad mill, will be badly ground.

A curse will not strike out an eye, unless the fist go with it.

He who hunts with cats will catch mice.

Better in an old carriage than in a new ship.

A poor man's corn always grows thin.

Unworthy offspring brag the most of their worthy descent.

Mischief comes soon enough.

Better one cow in peace than seven in trouble.

He that bears the cross blesses himself first.

He who will not take cheap advice,
will have to buy dear repentance.

It is not for the good of the cow when she is driven in a carriage.

The more cooks, the worse broth.

The laggard cow gets the sour grass.

A woman's first counsel is the best.

It is easier to stem the brook than the river.

Butter spoils no meat, and moderation injures no cause.

] A crow is never the whiter for often washing.

Big words seldom go with good deeds.

The crow will find its mate.

When the crane attempts to dance with
the horse it gets broken bones.

Good counsel is no better than bad counsel if it be not taken in time.

Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.

The anvil does not fear a good sledgehammer.

Advice to a fool goes in at one
ear and out at the other.

The most difficult mountain to cross is the threshold.

Correction is good when administered in time.

He must have plenty of butter who would stop everybody's mouth.

Much broth is sometimes made with little meat.

Though the ass may carry a sack of gold,
it nevertheless feeds on thistles.

Act honestly, and answer boldly.

Deceit and treachery make no man rich.

Better to deny at once than to promise long.

He who would drive another over three dikes
must climb over two himself.

For a good dinner and a gentle wife you can afford to wait.

Death does not blow a trumpet.

He must stand high that would see the end of his own destiny.

Every day has its evening.

An evil deed has a witness in the bosom.

It is hard to pay for bread that has been eaten.

He who throws himself under the
bench will be left to lie there.

The day is sure to come when the cow will want her tail.

It is not for nothing that the devil lays himself down in the ditch.

Call not the devil, he will come fast enough unbidden.

Praise a fair day in the evening.

There are many days in the year, and still more meals.

It is easy to bid the devil be your guest,
but difficult to get rid of him.

Distrust is poison to friendship.

Many dogs are the death of the hare.

Mad dogs get their coats torn.

He that wants to hang a dog says that it bites the sheep.

One bird in the hand is better than two on the roof.

Better to be a free bird than a captive king.

A modest dog seldom grows fat.

By gnawing skin a dog learns to eat leather.

Bite not the dog that bites.

He is not a bad driver who knows how to turn.

Fair words please the fool, and sometimes the wise.

When the wolf's ears appear, his body is not far off.

Young dogs have sharp teeth.

No and yes cause long disputes.

After one that earns comes one that wastes.

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

If you cannot get the bird, get one of its feathers.

That bench is well adorned that is filled with virtuous women.

The earth is always frozen to lazy swine.

While the dogs yelp, the hare flies to the wood.

You cannot drink and whistle at the same time.

He that lies down with dogs will get up with fleas.

An ill-tempered dog has a scarred nose.

Meddle with dirt and some of it will stick to you.

Do not judge the dog by his hairs.

It is only the blind who ask why
they are loved who are fair.

You may shut your doors against a thief, but not against a liar.

A man's word is his honor.

One bite brings another.

Better weak beer than an empty cask.

The dog that is forced into the woods
will not hunt many deer.

Envy was never a good spokesman.

If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.

Evil is soon done, but slowly mended.

A joyous evening often leads to a sorrowful morning.

Evil must be driven out by evil.

No one falls low unless he attempts to climb high.

When two enemies blow one horn,
the third will have to suffer for it.

It is folly to fear what one cannot avoid.

Favor and gifts disturb justice.

When it rains porridge the beggar has no spoon.

Let the blood be ever so thin,
it is always thicker than water.

A friend's faults may be noticed,
but not blamed.

A neighbor's eye is full of jealousy.

Better an open enemy than a false friend.

Envy does not enter an empty house.

Jest with your equals.

It needs a high wall to keep out fear.

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