Viking Wisdom Sayings and Quotes from Havamal

The legacy we have got from the Vikings and Norse mythology is not only the archaeological things but also the awesome spiritual nourishment. The Havamal which is the collection of the Viking poems offers us a large number of Viking wisdom sayings and quotes. Although they have said hello to this world for thousand years, they never seem to be out of date. Viking wisdom sayings survive the test of time for its truly priceless values. Many of Viking quotes are the lessons for life.

Image of Viking wisdom sayings from Havamal Odin's words
Havamal was the Saying of the High One who was Odin the Allfather. Words from Havamal are the life lessons and the Viking wisdom sayings

Below are 9 Viking Wisdom Sayings from the Havamal

He must rise betimes who hath few to serve him, 
and see to his work himself;
who sleeps at morning is hindered much,
to the keen is wealth half-won.

You cannot lead your desirable life in your bed. Rather, wake up early to seize the day. Giving up some minutes of sleep is also a kind of sacrifice to gain something in your life.  Early to bed and early to rise is the key formula to make a man wealthy, healthy, and wise

Each man should be watchful and wary in speech,
and slow to put faith in a friend.
for the words which one to another speaks
he may win reward of ill.

The wise man will mind his saying. He knows where and when to speak. He might not talk much but once he delivers a speech, even short, he can persuade his audience. Value your own words and the rest will value them too.

The lame can ride horse, the handless drive cattle, 
the deaf one can fight and prevail,
'tis happier for the blind than for him on the bale-fire,
but no man hath care for a corpse.

Even if you are not lucky enough to be physically complete, value your life because you are taking a breath. Every breath you take in is a sign that you are still alive. And there is always something you can do with it. People who are physically incomplete are mentally stronger than other people. Make use of it. When something unlucky happens to you, you always have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

Cattle die and kinsmen die,
thyself too soon must die,
but one thing never, I ween, will die, --
fair fame of one who has earned.

Everything comes to this life only to perish and disappear someday. Your wealth doesn’t exist until eternity. What will stay forever is the reputation you create for yourself when you are still taking your breath. Your legacy will be what other people remember about you. And remember that it will take you a lifetime of good actions to build your good reputation. But only one bad action can destroy them all.

One's own house is best, though small it may be; 
each man is master at home;
though he have but two goats and a bark-thatched hut
'tis better than craving a boon.

Even if the world shows you the luxurious life that is tempting to you. Don’t let it lure you into something nonsense. Remember where do you truly belong to. It is not the big world out there. It is your own home where you are the master. Even if you are leading a decent life in a normal house, it is yours.

Not great things alone must one give to another, 
praise oft is earned for nought;
with half a loaf and a tilted bowl
I have found me many a friend.

Expensive things are not always the perfect gifts for the fellows. Because sometimes, our true friends just wish to be shared something small with us. Something luxurious and big might either make them uncomfortable or make yourself uncomfortable in your own relationship.

Little the sand if little the seas, 
little are minds of men,
for ne'er in the world were all equally wise,
'tis shared by the fools and the sage.

It seems that every quote is a true Viking wisdom saying. This verse tries to encourage us to respect the difference in one community. A world full of idiots will soon be doomed. And a world full of the talents will not last long. The key to the walk to the greater miles is to respect the difference from people surrounding you.

If haply a fool should find for himself 
wealth or a woman's love,
pride waxes in him but wisdom never
and onward he fares in his folly.

Be wise with your money. It can be either your friend or your doom. It is not something strange to hear a poor win a lottery. But if one doesn’t know how to use their money wisely, they will become as miserable as they once were, or even worse. Money always makes people think they can be the master of everything and their worries are no longer. But if one don’t know how to use it, it will never be a good friend.

With raiment and arms shall friends gladden each other, 
so has one proved oneself;
for friends last longest, if fate be fair
who give and give again.

Giving gift is a sign that you are venturing something on your relationship. Don’t just wait for an occasion to give the gift because you can give it freely regardless of time. As long as you want to show them they are someone important in your life, give them a gift. But be careful, some people will only take and take your gift without giving anything back. 

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