1492 Danish Proverbs
1. "Almost a hit," said the boy as he threw the stone at his dog and hit his stepmother's leg.
2. "Fie upon thee, how black thou art!" said the kettle to the saucepan.
3. "I am a judge of cresses," said the peasant, as he was eating hemlock.
4. "I'll go myself," and "I'll see to it," are two good servants on a farm.
5. "If `almost' did not exist," said the woman, "than I would have shot a hare."
6. "It is easy to work with a good comb," said the devil, when he combed his mother's hair with a pitchfork."
7. "It is not for my own sake," said the fox, "that I say there is a good goose-green in the wood."
8. "It will come back," said the man, when he gave his sow pork.
9. "Ladies have ladies' whims." said crazy Ann, when she draggled her cloak in the gutter.
10. "Own kin are the worst friends," said the fox, when he saw the foxy dogs after him.
11. "Peter, I am taking a ride," said the goose, when the fox was running into the wood with her.
12. 'Almost' does not push a man off his horse.
13. A bad hair cut is two people's shame.
14. A bad horse eats as much as a good one.
15. A bad tree does not yield good apples.
16. A bad wife wishes her husband's heel turned homewards, and not his toe.
17. A barren sow is never kind to pigs.
18. A beautiful face is admired even when its owner doesn't say anything.
19. A bird may be ever so small, it always seeks a nest of its own.
20. A bird never flew on one wing.