We all need to be warriors of our own lives from time to time and deal with difficult situations fearlessly. At times like these, we could use every little boost available to get us through the day.
In this article, we share the most powerful Viking quotes that will help you feel fearless and unstoppable, no matter what you have to face today.
Read thoroughly and write down your favorite ones to read them whenever you need to pick yourself up.
Let’s get started!
#1 – Learn to win.
Who dares, wins.
━The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi, c.9
Let’s kick off the list with an incredibly motivating quote!
People who try to do daring things are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. Yes, you may fail from time to time, but if you never try to take a risk, you can never win neither fail.
Failing is a crucial part of any path to success, and you need to embrace failures as learning experiences.
#2 – It takes effort.
No harvest is had without the seed first being sown.
━King Olaf Trygvisson’s Saga, c.8
We all need to realize that, in order to get amazing results, we usually need to put in incredible amounts of effort.
This is the perfect quote to explain the significance of taking the first step and putting in efforts to bear the fruits of our actions later down the road.
With no effort comes no reward.
#3 – Trust yourself.
Trust no man so well that you trust not yourself better. Many are unfit to be trusted.
━Grettir Saga, c.67
You are the only person that you always have to count on, no matter what happens in your life. That’s why it’s better to believe in yourself and trust that you will be able to deal with everything that comes your way.
While you should most certainly put your faith in close friends, family, and significant others, relying too heavily on other people can sometimes backfire. You should always be your first line of support.
#4 – Actions are what matters.
Braver are many in word than in deed.
━Grettir Saga, c.4
You might have heard that there are people of words but with zero actions.
This quote similarly states that you will find so many people in life whose words are extremely inspiring and moving. Still, their actions tell an entirely different story.
It should also serve as an important reminder that you should do as you preach and prefer action over words in many life scenarios.
#5 – Stay positive.
Not every cloud which darkens the day brings rain.
━Heitharvega Saga, c.7
If you are feeling down, this one is for you.
The Vikings knew enough to tell you how difficult things do not always lead to catastrophic endings.
After dark times in your life arise many new opportunities. There are chances that happiness might come from the most unexpected things, and it is rarely all doom and gloom.
Try to find the silver lining of every bad situation and make the best of it.
#6 – Build a foundation.
The run of the game is decided by the first move.
━The Foster-brother’s Saga, c.15
The first step you take is often the most important one. To win big in any situation, you need to make the right move initially.
While you may have chances to improve later, your first step is crucial to decide the direction. Building a solid foundation for important things in your life will make everything easier as time goes by.
#7 – If there is a will, there is a way.
The brave man well shall fight and win, though dull his blade maybe.
Nothing can stop a man from winning if he is brave enough. Irrespective of the situation and its difficulties, a brave man fights and remains determined to succeed and eventually wins.
#8 – Focus.
You can’t provide for everything.
━Grettir’s Saga, c.52
You might have heard that a master of all things is a master of none.
The same is true for almost all areas of life. Just as you can be good at one thing and bad at another, you also cannot make everyone happy or become everyone’s favorite.
Thereby, stop trying to be perfect in everything at the same time. Focus on things and people that matter:
- Master the skills that you want to master one at a time.
- Stop trying to please everyone and spend your energy on people who care about you.
- Don’t try to make everything perfect at once. Multitasking is your enemy. Always do one thing at a time.
#9 – It’s not all shiny.
A rotten branch will be found in every tree.
━The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.148
Just as every situation has its pros, it will have cons too. The same applies to people, jobs, goals.
You can never expect everything to be perfect and trouble-free. Accept the things you can’t change as they are and decide whether you want them in your life or not.
Another meaning of the quote can be that, with every goal you may have, there will be quite a few obstacles on your way to achieving it.
#10 – The right path is often lonely.
Alone is it seemly to hold true to troth given.
━Volsunga Saga, c.4
It is never easy to do the right thing. Sticking to your priorities in life and respecting your core values at all times will leave you hurt and confused in many situations.
However, the sooner you realize that the right path is never the easy one, the better off you will be. Difficulties, loneliness, and neverending challenges are a part of life, and you need to be strong to overcome them.
#11 – Stay alert.
Where wolf’s ears are, wolf’s teeth are near.
━Volsunga Saga, c.19
There are many situations in life where you regret not paying attention to all the cues you missed. Perhaps it was a red flag in a relationship or at your old job.
In the future, try to trust your instincts at every opportunity. If your gut is telling you something is off, more often than not – it will be.
Keep in mind that there will certainly be times where you might have been paranoid for nothing. Nevertheless, it is better to be overly cautious than reckless at times.
#12 – Face challenges bravely.
Fight your foes in the field, nor be burnt in your house.
━Volsunga Saga, c.21
Brave are those who get on their feet and stand upright in front of any obstacle that comes their way. These are the people who never give up. They are daring and clever risk-takers.
This is one of the most practical Viking quotes that recommends facing your obstacles directly rather than hiding. Procrastination can be your biggest enemy in all areas of your life.
#13 – Patience is key.
There is a time for everything.
━Grettir’s Saga, c.73
We tend to be impatient about everything in our lives. This can be anything from the food delivery taking a bit long to the biggest goals towards which we have put thousands of hours off work.
If you are worried about your progress, whining about your failures, or jealous of others’ success, know that things come in at particular times. There is a moment for everything, and patience is key to achieving great things.
Now, it is your turn!
Which Viking quote from the list is your favorite?
Let us know why that is the case in the comments down below!