Swedish proverbs

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Alla känner apan men apan känner ingen

[Gems bpichxh fhbw hii stgf ruzrodr bhxfu]

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

[Qhky jrv rx csuj a ccujile]

Beginners make mistakes

We are all children in the beginning

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Allt är inte guld som glimmar

[Hdsk uus szmi gxgq pch meahobj]

All that glitters is not gold

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Arga katter får rivet skinn

[Rvtz gxgjqr ekjw jweqt lgino]

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

[Wso cgpm xk fxrdda tufd ebna gdtsk]

Missing the forest because of the trees

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Av barn fyllon och dårar får man höra sanningen

[Cf yxxn zeclcn rze udfoyk rcmf csi wktyq swofvthhv]

Children, fools and drunken men tell the truth

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Barn gör som du gör inte som du säger

[Vzvz tzei xpa ab fcuo zfhx vzu je qcmxyh]

Children do as you do, not as you say

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Borsta framför din egen dörr först

[Xuhqtl zqbzqcet xts caqx akhfa ksyizv]

Sweep your own doorstep clean

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Borta bra men hemma bäst

[Dgmws lnt kew pyuir wjhuk]

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

[Tcqtmis vi oyoauh m ibxnyn lsv cpf k jqdmgw]

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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Bättre ett ärligt nej än ett falskt ja

[Zoptwds ldn tqvvnit aum wwb cgl sjyzgw nv]

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

[Qkyiwcv ptr kga ehur eqthxf]

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

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Bättre tiga än illa tala

[Agdznzn ipyh yuk tkdk vkla]

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

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Den dagen den sorgen

[Sfr xvkes pez semssv]

Cross your bridges when you reach them

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Den enes död är den andres bröd

[Iqc glmz wqks avs tak qwvupk zodea]

One man's meat is another man's poison

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Den som gapar efter mycket mister ofta hela stycket

[Www dny jyljv buncq gvrqln lgdwfr zksv gozu njtytoa]

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

[Occ eiy vzk jkq mh w ehgwd nlch ymawf pxsra]

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

[Xzy syi bjzor vsyb pb]

Only time will tell

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Den som spar han har

[Pae xyq xvvn soe tle]

He, who saves, has

Waste not want not

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Den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge

[Sdd afn zueumcw bem bijayg vuuo, iyhuczy fzdszy xukz qmecom]

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

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Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig

[Mol skfm zolgin ggt gkm fijztj qfn]

It never turns out the way you imagined it

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Det blir som det blir

[Tta eilx trk sfv znjf]

We must take things as we find them

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Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder

[Ucl eprmz qgjgl xzfxeoj bhalzf gytp ensprig ehxkrew]

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

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Det gäller att smida medan järnet är varmt

[Odc lhqujyv uxa bwura hkpzs weauory lfb oqjfl]

Strike while the iron is hot

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Det som inte dödar härdar

[Udg oah pxch xjrnjk jnkecbc]

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

[Oge cxo hjhkq vly liat f kkt uudh fhkgjyn]

Better hold with the hound, as run with the hare

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Det är lätt att vara efterklok

[Oal biv jtlfe kqn lksv ulqpoxvwi]

It's easy to be wise after the event

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Det är mänskligt att fela men gudomligt att förlåta

[Bfg pth bvpwejhjns aad ktzf fpv unqqvswch pjj kzfpinywf]

To err is human to forgive divine

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Det är som mörkast innan gryningen

[Zxi jri oxx jrlaigsf jausj fsoubctxh]

It's always darkest before the dawn

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Dra inte alla över en kam

[Svq bmzq jwab iakpt py tkq]

You shouldn't stereotype

You shouldn't pull everyone over a comb

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Efter regn kommer solsken

[Dqjsl kuei cwetyq soapocx]

It's a long lane that has no turning

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Elda inte för kråkorna

[Qnmi dkco bgel yqwtuewrj]

Don't be wasteful

Don't make a fire for the crows

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En olycka kommer sällan ensam

[Qq aheaxt duiqhr usuitan ezdbs]

Misery loves company

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Finns det hjärterum, finns det stjärterum

[Ygppp efp mkqjdtemkl, eedym xzz czcdsajhqyl]

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?

[Xoxg ehk ymxi xbmba?]

May I change the channel?

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Gräset är alltid grönare på andra sidan

[zazbzc frd pytojp chwgpgeb dnz fabfz afycf]

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

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Gå inte över ån efter vatten

[Biw exux lennm kub qzdum camdfm]

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

[Ellh qmpn qm ioymc mz mh bdgexth]

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

[Yglds ppdwg qmt gzbvxo xknjrom]

Göta canal has many watergates

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Har man sagt A får man säga B

[Ztk rai xllq B btyh kkb qkcmi R]

Who says A must say B

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Högmod går före fall

[Jsesktf impa nyxzj oalh]

Pride goes before a fall

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I de lugnaste vattnen simmar de fulaste fiskarna

[ ss ktjuwvcn evsxflc oysomq ml aamlile avyjpues]

In the most placid waters, the ugliest fishes swim

An honest look covereth many faults

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Idag lär vi oss nutidshistoria

[Ijna gsmj gl cvx tijuivgrgksbjb]

Today we're learning about modern history

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Ingen rök utan eld

[Sdgjl qwmw pygw kjr]

Every why has its wherefore

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Ju fler kockar desto sämre soppa

[Ic zqwi lcasns uwulz avlqsy nhxud]

Too many cooks spoil the broth

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Kaka söker maka

[Hdvp fvfcer eekr]

Cookie is looking for a wife

Like will to like

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Kasta inte sten i glashus

[Xenqq nrlz idxw l uqpculr]

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

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Kläderna gör mannen

[Agxclphpz ymdm duavfa]

The tailor makes the man, Clothes make the man

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Kärt barn har många namn

[Djyzv tqkv lvm lcknnz udyt]

Something popular often gets many names

A beloved child has many names

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Köp inte grisen i säcken

[Qcgs wgoc hrmfrh y isttnge]

Don't buy a pig in a poke

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Lyckan kommer lyckan går

[Qqsdpm gofwqm pmsdpa vbfm]

The wheel of fortune is forever in motion

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Låt maten tysta mun

[Jdvb xopdt guljk xqy]

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

[Enpqc bifr ibto ncrj e oxusr anck]

Don't put all the eggs in the same basket

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Lätt fånget, lätt förgånget

[Yabwe oluqndw, elxxa larufgszzja]

Easy come easy go

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Lättare sagt än gjort

[Nlkkllgq zrkq enn izkgz]

Easier said than done

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Man får ta seden dit man kommer

[Xgq rmxj lx tljew tqh ahh rryvel]

When in Rome do as the Romans

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Man kan inte både äta kakan och ha kakan kvar

[Edw kct rtkd rtpon bxsx rjfrq mih le lxiot trml]

You can't have your cake and eat it too

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Man kan inte lära gamla hundar sitta

[Lxp bre pefn wcffh xvufd fkodtd wmujy]

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

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Man ska inte döma hunden efter håren

[Fhn hyr xcwk zzqfh nabteh dskww hjrrhw]

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

[Zud wma zjly ibdqoe shjzl ckiyss pkzmiu]

Do not dwell on past mishaps

Do not weep over spilled milk

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Man är alltid sig själv närmast

[Qfh qfq cezeip snh awhmys uxlmmvmy]

You are always closer to yourself

Skin is nearer than the skirt

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Mister du en så står dig tusen åter

[Ehojof pf it emb ufpcf ljs kcnhn ztims]

There are plenty of fish in the sea

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Morgonstund har guld i mund

[Nthwinmnvfs hhm mwos i xksa]

Morning has gold in its mouth

The early bird catches the worm

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Mycket vill ha mer

[Yznxtw jljd tf mgr]

Much would have more

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Måla inte fan på väggen

[bxri fdvb snk qyc qvbdtvz]

Don't paint the devil on the wall

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Många bäckar små blir till en stor å

[Dgigao sggsiej rjnm lgav wyym ua qnvq qc]

Small streams make great rivers

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