Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ancient Viking Laws For Living
Be not a braggart for if any work done be praise-worthy, others will sing your praises for you
The unwise man is awake all night worries over and again. When morning rises he is restless still, his burden as before.
Go you must. No guest shall stay in one place forever. Love will be lost if you sit too long at a friend’s fire.
Be your friend’s true friend. Return gift for gift. Repay laughter with laughter again, but repay betrayal with treachery
Moderately wise a man should be, not too crafty or clever. A learned man’s heart whose learning is too deep seldom sings with joy
A farm of your own is better, even if small for everyone’s someone at home. Though he has two goats and a coarsely roofed house it is still better than begging.
A lying tongue had bereft him of living and life, and all without reason or right
Deceit sleeps with greed
Even three words of quarreling you shouldn’t have with an inferior
The coward thinks he will live forever if he keeps away from fighting; but old age won’t grant him a truce even if the spears do.
Wake early if you want another man’s life or land. No lamb for the lazy wolf, no battle won in bed.