Norwegian Wisdom in Words

Some years ago, I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marvelled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.

These often humble words, offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.

birch trees beside a Norwegian stream

Mange bekker små gjør en stor elv.

Many little streams make a great river.

Photo by Rawan Jo on

Smuler er også mat.

Crumbs are food too.

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27 thoughts on “Norwegian Wisdom in Words”

  1. The “lady luck” one is pretty similar, philosophically speaking, to William Blake’s wonderful little “Eternity” poem, when you think about it ..

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  2. Amanda, I love these little proverbs, especially the little stream one. The first one made me think of the Book of Elvis, who sang: “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” Sometimes we just have to be foolish, in matters of the heart. Keith

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    1. How wonderful to read that you feel like a little stream and part of something bigger, Ally. I love that you are outward looking and collegial!
      It is part of our evolutionary makeup to live with other humans and continues to be our job to figure out how to do that effectively. We are little streams and together a long, winding and diverse river trying to find its best course out to sea!

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  3. I absolutely love your interpretation of traditional proverbs and sayings, Amanda. We can share these sayings and it is completely up to others out there to interpret them and apply it to their lives. I like the one you shared ‘Crumbs are food too’. It makes me think about how like a little piece of food on our plate is worth eating, and we should remember not to waste food. I was also thinking about this phrase in terms of knowledge: the smallest idea can have a lasting impact in the long run and can indeed be valuable.


    1. Hi Samantha. You should be able to reblog a post that you find on the WordPress reader via a button to the left of the like button at the bottom of the host’s post, above the comments. Some folks have disabled this on their blogs. The other reason it may not be possible is if they have a blog hosted elsewhere on the net than WordPress, and in that case, you may have to simply link the URL or embed the contents of the post into a new post of your own.
      The share button is I think for sharing a post externally from WordPress – ie via twitter or other social media. Copy and pasting is unfortunately not going to always format correctly. When you re-blog, it adds the host’s media to your media tally, and you will find the photos in your library. You could just link the post via a pingback (if you don’t need the photos). N.B. Reblogging too many posts means you might be bumped from the WordPress reader for a while if that concerns you.
      I hope that helps.
      Cheers and enjoy your weekend.


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