5 Minutes of Wisdom for Sauna Lovers
Hey, traditional sauna lovers,
Have you ever heard these sauna sayings before?
- In the sauna, one must conduct himself as one would in church.
- The sauna is a poor man’s pharmacy.
- If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits (alcohol), or sauna, the disease is fatal.
- A woman looks most beautiful after the sauna.
- All men are created equal, but nowhere are they more equal than in the sauna.
- A sauna without a birch whisk is like food without salt.
- A house without a sauna is not a home.
These adages of wisdom have been attributed to Finnish speakers, which is fitting seeing as how we have Finland to thank in large part for traditional sauna practices. Here are some more Finnish proverbs and sayings. They don’t have anything to do with the sauna, but they’re still good sound bites to hang onto.
- A loaf of fresh baked bread brings happiness even to devils.
Puppies, homemade cinnamon rolls, a good book, and flying kites seem applicable here too.
- A wife who cannot cook puts the blame on the pots.
Well of course. Whose fault would it be otherwise?
- Life is uncertain, so eat your desert first.
Perhaps the truest words of wisdom you will find on this list.
- Age does not give sense; it only makes one go slowly.
Haste makes waste, slow and steady wins the race, and so forth and so on.
- If a man knew where he would fall, he would spread straw there first.
- The world is a sure teacher, but it requires a fat fee.
It’s what we call “learning from experience.”
- A child who is loved has many names.
Sweetie. Dear. Baby cakes. Honey. Pookie face.
Which Finnish proverb is your favorite? Maybe sometime during this brisk November day you should get that sauna heater going and spend some time turning it over in your mind. (After all, if something has attained proverb status, it worth maybe just a little consideration.)
Don’t have a sauna, you say? Well, then allow us to direct your attention to one of the fore-mentioned proverbs: “A house without a sauna is not a home.”