The Sayings of the High One - Hávamál Quotes

Find out what the Vikings had to say. Read these quotes from the Hávamál
Quotes from the Hávamál.

Best 30 Hávamál Quotes

The Hávamál is one of the lyrical works of the Poetic Edda of Norse mythology. People also know the Hávamál as the Sayings of the High One (referring to the Norse God, Odin). The Vikings have much to say and we prove it with these quotes we have compiled from the Hávamál for you. 


In these poems, we can find quotes on well-behaviour and living advice that can be useful to inspire us and use them as personal motivational quotes. 

1"Sorrow eats the heart if you cannot tell someone your whole mind."

2"With your friend never be the first to make a breach."

3"Be your friend's true friend. Return gift for gift. Repay laughter with laughter again but betrayal with treachery."

4"Courteous words, then courteous silence. That he may tell his tale."

5"The traveller must train his wits. All is easy at home. He who knows little is a laughing-stock amongst men of the world."

6"From his weapons on the open road, no man should step one pace away."

7"With half a loaf and a half-filled cup... A friend full fast I made."

8"The cowardly man thinks he’ll live for ever, if he keeps away from fighting; but old age won’t grant him a truce even is spears spare him."

9"Praise day at even, a wife when dead, a weapon when tried, a maid when married, ice when ’tis crossed, and ale when ’tis drunk."

10"Let none put faith in the first sown fruit nor yet in his son too soon; whim rules the child, and weather the field, each is open to chance."

11"If aware that another is wicked, say so: Make no truce or treaty with foes."

12"All the doorways, before one enters, should be looked around, should be spied out; it can’t be known for certain where enemies are sitting in the hall ahead."

13"Affection is mutual when men can open. All their heart to each other: He whose words are always fair is untrue and not to be trusted."

14"A guest must depart again on his way, nor stay in the same place ever; if he bide too long on another’s bench the loved one soon becomes loathed."

15"About his intelligence no man should be boastful, rather cautious of mind; when a wise and silent man comes to a homestead blame seldom befalls the wary; for no more dependable friend can a man every get than a store of common sense."

16"Wherever you know of harm, regard that harm as your own; and give your foes no peace."

17"Speak useful words or be silence."

18"Wake early if you want another man's life or land. No lamb for the lazy wolf. No battle's won in bed."

19"The unwise man is awake all night, and ponders everything over; when morning comes he is weary in mind, and all is a burden as ever."

20"The cautious guest who comes to the table speaks sparingly. Listen with ears, learn with eyes. Such is the seeker of knowledge."

21"A man should know how many logs stubs and strips of bark to collect in the summer to keep in stock wood for his winter fires."

22"A clear head is good company. Drink is a dangerous friend."

23"Much nonsense a man utters who talks without tiring."

24"I was once young, I was travelling alone and lost my way; I thought myself rich when I met another: Man is the joy of man."

25"Wealth dies. Friends die. One day you too will die."

26"Thou should never sleep in the arms of a sorceress, lest she lock thy limbs."

27"Draped in linen, they looked well born but, naked I was a nobody."

28"The foolish man 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."

29"The ale was finished or else un-brewed, the unpopular cannot please."

30"Never walk away from home ahead of your axe and sword. You can’t feel a battle in your bones or foresee a fight."