Proverbs may be ” old fashioned” but there is always wisdom within their contents; they may even be considered portentous to some. The young may scoff, but these pearls of wisdom are observations that comes with age, and are a way of communicating a generalisation, in but a few succinct words.
I personally love them, and think they are really something we should ponder about more. My hobby of traditional Norwegian painting incorporates sayings from, Norway, (of course). These sayings are often painted around the rim of drinking bowls or clothes trunks. Some of these bowls or trunks, were then presented to a bridal couple on the occasional of their marriage. Such traditions are delightful, but sadly absent in my part of the world hence part of my admiration.
I will share some favourite proverbs and their translations with you…
Norwegian Proverbs (norske ordtak)
– Alderen kjem ikkje aleine; han fører så mye med seg. Age comes not alone; it brings so much with it.
– Bak skyene er himmelen alltid blå. Behind the clouds the sky is always blue.
– Borte bra, hjemme beste. To be away is well and good, but home is best ( where the heart is)
–Bedre bør du bær “kje i bakken enn mannavit mykje. You can’t carry a better load up a hill than much knowledge.
–Ingen kan hjelp den som ikke vil hjelpe seg sjøl. Noone can help someone who will not help him/herself
–Gode ord skal du hogge i berg, de dårligere i snø. Carve your good words in stone, the bad in snow.