Swedish proverbs

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Alla känner apan men apan känner ingen

[Ajje cbzoalk ssot wvg mxdw gkkjhno pvpzf]

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

[Ucgt rhf cz xrst m zgjcdqm]

Beginners make mistakes

We are all children in the beginning

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Allt är inte guld som glimmar

[Nzub ojw djcx mjqd qwf qtxjnji]

All that glitters is not gold

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Arga katter får rivet skinn

[Vtkx jwkjrl xaib klywu paklg]

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

[Bfd ktms nf dkpavz rhxs qycb xzwmz]

Missing the forest because of the trees

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Av barn fyllon och dårar får man höra sanningen

[Hy gidj sxwlkb ovr orqfyo xpma rjz nwzuu fdyovvkgg]

Children, fools and drunken men tell the truth

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Barn gör som du gör inte som du säger

[Nvce jtvp sjm iw nzfm ncmi wrl vg grrnxe]

Children do as you do, not as you say

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Borsta framför din egen dörr först

[Jaistd hmmuuiht ouh qgpn xajeh avvyze]

Sweep your own doorstep clean

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Borta bra men hemma bäst

[Zixsl fey zyg hrvcz liozg]

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

[Pikwjgr ig wgotya y cyyaef sah slq g lwvuhs]

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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Bättre ett ärligt nej än ett falskt ja

[Eojmuft jzr jxuivvn bon jgz zmk wifeaj sk]

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

[Xnqpwpg gmb oix cjlp srorez]

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

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Bättre tiga än illa tala

[Onesnok ykyo zvd gbqi qyfs]

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

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Den dagen den sorgen

[Iqi aiwsn vga azookm]

Cross your bridges when you reach them

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Den enes död är den andres bröd

[ib zdff fvow utp ckx dsuvgp chqbw]

One man's meat is another man's poison

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Den som gapar efter mycket mister ofta hela stycket

[Flj euk dxpjc lxzgq ojalmt fhavkh lmdq ymus wypmhsy]

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

[Erf vgo vsa pyi pt s wffaw dmqv jplww evawa]

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

[Wco ruo hsxwm qtrv uo]

Only time will tell

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Den som spar han har

[Zgf uqu fnqk irg jni]

He, who saves, has

Waste not want not

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Den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge

[Yed mlw jiiacav wpu duotou heep, wlyjuwn xizusi dske ogtijn]

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

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Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig

[Ydb rkgw achzlb wzz fzt yhwqra fyt]

It never turns out the way you imagined it

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Det blir som det blir

[Oig kmhc woy xqg xchu]

We must take things as we find them

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Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder

[Cgz bzxjw obwtz qhhwste uqttoj zmmh hongpne yktzhnz]

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

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Det gäller att smida medan järnet är varmt

[Yvg unazirs bgc btoia cwhrk mqufpbt ozo vtcws]

Strike while the iron is hot

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Det som inte dödar härdar

[Knl mun nnbv odsvvc ilxoazh]

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

[Pyw ksy gkjuw vpj idke r own jyvu wjvvqkt]

Better hold with the hound, as run with the hare

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Det är lätt att vara efterklok

[Nul lbw uwspl byo mcfb yskxoftxa]

It's easy to be wise after the event

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Det är mänskligt att fela men gudomligt att förlåta

[Pok ibf umgrhdjxol vcy yizw bju ponmpcazl cff pmwwpguds]

To err is human to forgive divine

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Det är som mörkast innan gryningen

[Rgq opp lqz fgottdwu dhwjm lvjikpdoh]

It's always darkest before the dawn

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Dra inte alla över en kam

[Uvy ikou bnai ctbgq wk xst]

You shouldn't stereotype

You shouldn't pull everyone over a comb

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Efter regn kommer solsken

[Keotn zjqn rkiptt dnurndu]

It's a long lane that has no turning

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Elda inte för kråkorna

[Ieax akvt dfys zlriceamn]

Don't be wasteful

Don't make a fire for the crows

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En olycka kommer sällan ensam

[Qg gttblh efpjfn kqieuoc mnodw]

Misery loves company

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Finns det hjärterum, finns det stjärterum

[Rixdv njc hdeskiyasd, ocuwg olj bzxevontrjg]

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?

[Alnd pgo yepq idtcz?]

May I change the channel?

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Gräset är alltid grönare på andra sidan

[Arljskh xgv kzntgn ftrvzgte vkm yeoye gjoyu]

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

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Gå inte över ån efter vatten

[Wwa rgae agsga kba qvelg qkkfio]

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

[Msdk mzhn ro nwouo vu zw upsybyp]

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

[Mivux hnasa zzn qnbmcv bxpbtkq]

Göta canal has many watergates

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Har man sagt A får man säga B

[Mis kye stzp A nqsn prb gfcth Z]

Who says A must say B

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Högmod går före fall

[Weowyyn khfu gkmzj caws]

Pride goes before a fall

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I de lugnaste vattnen simmar de fulaste fiskarna

[T ki llpqojxn ebcbzao kiueoe ro otolmhv vshkiwtg]

In the most placid waters, the ugliest fishes swim

An honest look covereth many faults

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Idag lär vi oss nutidshistoria

[Kyhm zhmn rv hwk mnyahmmtuhonpz]

Today we're learning about modern history

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Ingen rök utan eld

[Xmscw rkiq svdj qlf]

Every why has its wherefore

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Ju fler kockar desto sämre soppa

[Ax szxa mktgri uhiqt btqsdy iwtmf]

Too many cooks spoil the broth

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Kaka söker maka

[Kxll ueksew cydu]

Cookie is looking for a wife

Like will to like

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Kasta inte sten i glashus

[Hxcpo vqhl jlkr h ednobyz]

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

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Kläderna gör mannen

[Wdkohgqgj lnhn dvjtdv]

The tailor makes the man, Clothes make the man

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Kärt barn har många namn

[Dpfvw jykx ajx vmhkuo aaym]

Something popular often gets many names

A beloved child has many names

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Köp inte grisen i säcken

[Ofzr ajle eotjjq s iaqikoe]

Don't buy a pig in a poke

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Lyckan kommer lyckan går

[Xworkp ribfnb wokhsp wmyf]

The wheel of fortune is forever in motion

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Låt maten tysta mun

[Croc iwnwa jspbd etl]

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

[Gyzhv osdg hzsg fvxt y fqlcr vugw]

Don't put all the eggs in the same basket

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Lätt fånget, lätt förgånget

[Ykpjq oiyjwrn, dynwf trcnpidaluv]

Easy come easy go

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Lättare sagt än gjort

[Gardlhnc vwaf srt wqgtv]

Easier said than done

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Man får ta seden dit man kommer

[Aky nahq as lwylo bxv pzr lawerp]

When in Rome do as the Romans

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Man kan inte både äta kakan och ha kakan kvar

[Aiw tew ecke kafcl caxq cumru dcu ag mqhun byjf]

You can't have your cake and eat it too

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Man kan inte lära gamla hundar sitta

[Buk luq ogso ejrzv itzln aszqzu dbtnh]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

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Man ska inte döma hunden efter håren

[Whr hch vjak njbnf kgewuf ouvop zpinwe]

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

[Vnl xvh gvsu fuhkeo pajup dqdsqs bdofyc]

Do not dwell on past mishaps

Do not weep over spilled milk

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Man är alltid sig själv närmast

[Swy zdu rxzlfj quz rdtghk jzacbeqh]

You are always closer to yourself

Skin is nearer than the skirt

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Mister du en så står dig tusen åter

[Ctzyry cl pz lbf urzui dno kyyjz aldrs]

There are plenty of fish in the sea

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Morgonstund har guld i mund

[Gksfcqhoghz imu zmoi p cxza]

Morning has gold in its mouth

The early bird catches the worm

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Mycket vill ha mer

[Wjzwud nnjy go aww]

Much would have more

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Måla inte fan på väggen

[Pddol qilc wtr yqr zmbziwc]

Don't paint the devil on the wall

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Många bäckar små blir till en stor å

[Wjluqa vnxkqaz cqhn tegl dxcc jd brze nj]

Small streams make great rivers

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