Viking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old viking quotes, viking sayings, and viking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Gold is little comfort for the kinsman dead.     

Örvar Odd’s Saga

Too much ale and a man’s heart is laid open for all to see.     

The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson

Better to fight and fall than to live without hope.     

Volsunga

One’s back is vulnerable, unless one has a brother.     

The Saga of Grettir

With law shall our land be settled, and with lawlessness wasted.     

The Saga of Njal

Our most important baggage on our journeys is wisdom      

Hávamál

Often times it is not numbers that wins the victory, but those who fare forward with the most vigor.     

The Saga of Thrond of Gate

Fear not death for the hour of your doom is set and none may escape it.     

Volsunga

No one is a total fool if he knows when to hold his tongue.     

The Saga of Grettir

Eagles should show their claws, though dying.     

The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson