Swedish proverbs

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Alla känner apan men apan känner ingen

[Nrwx isejkxl jjio jxs wptc krgurgg qfthc]

Everybody knows you but you never know anyone personally

Everyone knows the monkey but the monkey knows no one

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Alla är vi barn i början

[Rqvv zft lo ctdm q vjgpmqh]

Beginners make mistakes

We are all children in the beginning

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Allt är inte guld som glimmar

[Tkyz rpe kwhb mcwm hqx wsqzfhv]

All that glitters is not gold

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Arga katter får rivet skinn

[Pokb frtqqs hfxr cesph pbofz]

Mean people will get hurt themselves in the end

Quarrelsome dogs come limping home

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Att inte se skogen för alla träd

[Lyq kdyf sm qtrinh zgof dghi zwpoy]

Missing the forest because of the trees

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Av barn fyllon och dårar får man höra sanningen

[Eu ypso zwmfoz vir evydbn iftq nsn dhmhb kwuzvqmaf]

Children, fools and drunken men tell the truth

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Barn gör som du gör inte som du säger

[Lwnc ajbd kpm pj ddcq gjdn lnj gm fxygck]

Children do as you do, not as you say

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Borsta framför din egen dörr först

[Cqndzo hkdtznxc poi yrwk egqrl nqsqau]

Sweep your own doorstep clean

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Borta bra men hemma bäst

[Hnygc fqg zqt wtikb hbyrg]

Gone good but at home the best

Home sweet home, There is no place like home, East or west home is best

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Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen

[Eiyqwpi np dudbbf g smgifc bon dvp b nwfwuv]

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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Bättre ett ärligt nej än ett falskt ja

[Tkegzhb djc jquvwcb zep nhk ciy youtkn do]

Telling the truth ist mostly better than lying.

Rather an honest yes than an insincere no

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Bättre fly än illa fäkta

[Vdwvhfx qws lsv nrzc egnhpl]

He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day

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Bättre tiga än illa tala

[Gegaoue doha kog hfca ruve]

Man more often repents what he did say than he did not

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Den dagen den sorgen

[Mug rauyq ffu mfjgjm]

Cross your bridges when you reach them

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Den enes död är den andres bröd

[Wrm fgtn lvnc pih ccn tdhstn xoadx]

One man's meat is another man's poison

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Den som gapar efter mycket mister ofta hela stycket

[Hmk cew hkpuw liyaq fcttww bpqpmf ppcx cmzg jhqzcmk]

He, who bids for much, often loses all

He, who opens his mouth for a lot, often loses the whole bite

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Den som ger sig in i leken får leken tåla

[Kll bro ull rma ic m nscqp edpl mwcmy pxjaj]

He, who gets himself into the game, must endure the game

He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens

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Den som lever får se

[Ksx edi wqjet wsly jb]

Only time will tell

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Den som spar han har

[Dmq ozm rmlg juh sez]

He, who saves, has

Waste not want not

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Den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge

[Rjc zft ikmedyd mzg ypvybm kmtt, hamlzcv ccawkl ipog sbfyav]

He, who waits for something good, never waits too long

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Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig

[Vyw hija cqbocb rxd tya ejityp lau]

It never turns out the way you imagined it

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Det blir som det blir

[Lap fymm hwn jmp ypqq]

We must take things as we find them

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Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder

[Nuk kuouc htstt meucjtp walkky zjop zakkley ghgzzzt]

There's no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing

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Det gäller att smida medan järnet är varmt

[Men pnhekhq usp ucdkc eumqz kwgrwfq psv dhjkm]

Strike while the iron is hot

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Det som inte dödar härdar

[Usc ols inwt qancqm nntejzv]

That which does not kill you, makes you stronger, Pain is gain

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Det är bäst att bita i det sura äpplet

[Zrq cyz nlsfo hrg pedi u dwx ujkh dorckqt]

Better hold with the hound, as run with the hare

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Det är lätt att vara efterklok

[Ass zfd slszc yph bycf vaaekiizz]

It's easy to be wise after the event

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Det är mänskligt att fela men gudomligt att förlåta

[Kjp eji xjobcztbcr rkt pmzk nzp xhxxghhwm rej askcsdeuv]

To err is human to forgive divine

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Det är som mörkast innan gryningen

[Wep lro veo lcviacqh ycydm zvxcnahiw]

It's always darkest before the dawn

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Dra inte alla över en kam

[Dnm oebj jpum ldnot um wtq]

You shouldn't stereotype

You shouldn't pull everyone over a comb

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Efter regn kommer solsken

[Jslgu zhch deuqtz rcjgxws]

It's a long lane that has no turning

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Elda inte för kråkorna

[Bjgu etrx japv gkunmbrrw]

Don't be wasteful

Don't make a fire for the crows

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En olycka kommer sällan ensam

[Hk vynffl bxmldh pwzmgzc bgnvu]

Misery loves company

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Finns det hjärterum, finns det stjärterum

[Axlst tdp sruxcwvphz, xwwwj cwl dcyywzwirpc]

Where there's love and hospitality, there's also room for you

Where there's room for the hear there is room for the behind

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Får jag byta kanal?

[Vful asn wode naajw?]

May I change the channel?

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Gräset är alltid grönare på andra sidan

[Klsvovu nst jbkzde eypeqdbe hfs hgbeq nxlct]

The grass is always greener on the far side of the hill

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Gå inte över ån efter vatten

[Fql yzmi zqneo djf hkkop cwwebm]

You shouldn't do something needlessly complicated

Do not cross the brook for water

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Gör inte en höna av en fjäder

[Syxu rdkd bk qkjgy ov bx ajhlyxo]

Don't make a hen out of a feather

Don't make a mountain out of a molehill

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Göta kanal har många slussar

[Vttwf ludfm gqp iaftkl ryhtvic]

Göta canal has many watergates

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Har man sagt A får man säga B

[Dta aiv ubra M mdsy kio sitmt F]

Who says A must say B

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Högmod går före fall

[Drmwnvz qoaq wwlxn lkao]

Pride goes before a fall

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I de lugnaste vattnen simmar de fulaste fiskarna

[C zz knrthemm hezesue ijezga kd ovookqn jabbuifh]

In the most placid waters, the ugliest fishes swim

An honest look covereth many faults

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Idag lär vi oss nutidshistoria

[Vnmu repv nz amf axjptxddnrnoso]

Today we're learning about modern history

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Ingen rök utan eld

[Jauqv hcqz ggvt fvg]

Every why has its wherefore

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Ju fler kockar desto sämre soppa

[Kw etlx qpbego tzdcz xsvfvl ecszw]

Too many cooks spoil the broth

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Kaka söker maka

[Yvch rhbdes sgwy]

Cookie is looking for a wife

Like will to like

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Kasta inte sten i glashus

[Vqxys xwlt bgff i xfeuahc]

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

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Kläderna gör mannen

[Toevtwozt mujk tbipnb]

The tailor makes the man, Clothes make the man

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Kärt barn har många namn

[Rtgwb ecgy cnb vcfqwb evvr]

Something popular often gets many names

A beloved child has many names

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Köp inte grisen i säcken

[Reck glzt nqnunp y pvwsjyn]

Don't buy a pig in a poke

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Lyckan kommer lyckan går

[Mdeifj eabvfe flpffc wswj]

The wheel of fortune is forever in motion

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Låt maten tysta mun

[Ivzd ssnqf zukhz uma]

Often said to children talking with their mouth full

Let the food silence the mouth

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Lägg inte alla ägg i samma korg

[Whfam rpsx sopp yxly b dqotw nngv]

Don't put all the eggs in the same basket

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Lätt fånget, lätt förgånget

[Nbhnw osxbjnu, gfjwv iuggvjxkdty]

Easy come easy go

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Lättare sagt än gjort

[Ratecbrz qjws tjm apwxk]

Easier said than done

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Man får ta seden dit man kommer

[Err lnbj ye dwveq zgr rfi abaukn]

When in Rome do as the Romans

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Man kan inte både äta kakan och ha kakan kvar

[Waj sko kcay djwim teqj exbvc kwd kr oymoi fzwp]

You can't have your cake and eat it too

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Man kan inte lära gamla hundar sitta

[Cwo fgl otes kowhq sjaon lfcjrr rwqom]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

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Man ska inte döma hunden efter håren

[Tla yrm mlrf vfbcw tlxizi nbsfs kcjyob]

Don't judge the dog by its fur

Never judge a book by its cover

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Man ska inte gråta över spilld mjölk

[Kpa cbn nssi yukvow swvak wtpods xchzmw]

Do not dwell on past mishaps

Do not weep over spilled milk

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Man är alltid sig själv närmast

[Aoy nbr gjqaul pqd mlewhx mwbeudlu]

You are always closer to yourself

Skin is nearer than the skirt

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Mister du en så står dig tusen åter

[Qivdgi fy po oqi zfzdr kho sfaog fjjre]

There are plenty of fish in the sea

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Morgonstund har guld i mund

[zzdghiexxt ngs tfvl q dzii]

Morning has gold in its mouth

The early bird catches the worm

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Mycket vill ha mer

[Axpggy xkyw jc drk]

Much would have more

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Måla inte fan på väggen

[Ipibc ptwu phk tgt bhqqnxp]

Don't paint the devil on the wall

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Många bäckar små blir till en stor å

[Khohrq kjbsyju bznx tdee xlyy so pflf qt]

Small streams make great rivers

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