Spanish Proverbs

Spanish Proverbs
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  • "A bad excuse is better than none."

  • " A bad wound may be cured, bad repute kills."

  • " A barking dog was never a good biter."

  • " A blow from a frying-pan, if it does not hurt, smuts."

  • " A boaster and a liar are cousins."

  • " A bully is always a coward."

  • " A good heart breaks bad fortune."

  • " A good hope is better than a bad possession."

  • " A good life defers wrinkles."

  • " A good listener is a silent flatterer."

  • " A horseshoe that clatters wants a nail."

  • " A house filled with guests is eaten up and ill spoken of."

  • " A lazy youth, a lousy age."

  • " A little gall embitters much honey."

  • " A man that is lean, not from hunger, is harder than brass."

  • " A man who prides himself on his ancestry is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground."

  • " A measly hog infects the whole sty."

  • " A melon and a woman are hard to know."

  • " A mistress in a high place is not a bad thing."

  • " A penny spared is a penny saved."

  • " A poor man is all schemes."

  • " A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience."

  • " A rich man is either a scoundrel or the heir of a scoundrel."

  • " A rose too often smelled loses its fragrance."

  • " A secret between two is God's secret, a secret between three is everybody's."

  • " A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study;
  • " A turn of the key is better than the conscience of a friar."

  • " A wise man changes his mind, a fool never."

  • " Bad news is always true."

  • " Beads about the neck, and the devil in the heart."

  • " Before the time, great courage; when at the point, great fear."

  • " Before you marry, beware, for it is a knot difficult to untie."

  • " Beggars must not be choosers."

  • " Better a quiet death than a public misfortune."

  • " Blessings on him that said, Face about."

  • " Blood boils without fire."

  • " Business today, tomorrow never."

  • " Call me not fortunate till you see me buried."

  • " Charity well regulated begins at home."

  • " Chastise one that is worthless, and he will presently hate you."

  • " Cleanliness is next to godliness."

  • " Come live with me and you'll know me."

  • " Command your wealth, else that will command you."

  • " Compare your griefs with other men's and they will seem less."

  • " Dance to the tune that is played."

  • " Danger and delight grow on one stalk;
  • " Debts are like children; the smaller they are the more noise they make."

  • " Deceive not thy physician, confessor, or lawyer."

  • " Deeds are love, and not fine phrases."

  • " Desire beautifies what is ugly."

  • " Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence."

  • " Don't stay long when the husband is not at home."

  • " Either the ass will die, or he that goads it."

  • " Either you sink or you swim."

  • " Feet that are used to move cannot remain quiet."

  • " Fire and love do not say "Go to your work.";
  • " Fire, fire, many pots on. and one pea in them all."

  • " First cobwebs, then chains."

  • " First come to the mill, first grind."

  • " First secure an independent income, then practice virtue;
  • " Folly is the product of all countries and ages."

  • " Give a traitor good words and you make him loyal."

  • " Give me the ass that carries me in preference to the horse that throws me."

  • " Go to friends for advice; to women for pity; to strangers for charity; to relatives for nothing."

  • " God comes to see without ringing the bell."

  • " God defend you from the devil, the eye of a harlot, and the turn of a die."

  • " God delays but doesn't forget."

  • " I know what I know, but will say nothing about it."

  • " I say it to you, daughter; hear it, daughter-in-law."

  • " If I die, I forgive you; if I live, we shall see."

  • " If love be timid it is not true."

  • " If lying were a capital crime, the hangman would work overtime."

  • " If people lead, the leaders will follow."

  • " If the eyes don't see, the heart won't break."

  • " In the street of by-and-by one arrives at the house of "never"."

  • " Ingratitude is the daughter of pride."

  • " Leave the jest at its best."

  • " Let every man mind his own business."

  • " Live with wolves, and you learn to howl."

  • " Live your own life, for you will die your own death;
  • " Losers are always in the wrong."

  • " Love is like war, begin when you like and leave off when you can."

  • " Love one that does not love you, answer one that does not call you, and you will run a fruitless race."

  • " Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret; they soon betray themselves."

  • " Luck comes to those who look after it."

  • " Lying and gossiping go hand in hand."

  • " May God not so prosper our friends that they forget us."

  • " Money gets money."

  • " Money turns bad into good."

  • " Much talking, much erring."

  • " My word is my bond."

  • " Needs must when the devil drives."

  • " Neither sign a paper without reading it, nor drink water without seeing it."

  • " Never advise a man to go to the wars, or to marry."

  • " Poverty is not a crime."

  • " Punishment is a cripple, but it arrives."

  • " Put a beggar into your barn and he will make himself your heir."

  • " Sense comes with age."

  • " So wise, so young, they say, do ne'er live long."

  • " Take away the motive, and the sin is taken away."

  • " Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love."

  • " Take hold of a good minute."

  • " Take the middle of the way and thou wilt not fall."

  • " Take the will for the deed."

  • " Take what you want, then pay for it."

  • " Taking out and not putting in soon reaches the bottom."

  • " To-morrow will be another day."

  • " Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker."

  • " Use power to curb power;
  • " Vainglory blossoms, and bears no fruit."

  • " We do not know what is good until we have lost it."


  • " We make more enemies by what we say than friends by what we do."

  • " You have broken my head and now you bring plaister."

  • " You have debts, and make debts still; if you've not lied, lie you will."

  • " You notice what I drink, and not the thirst I feel."

  • " You surrender your freedom where you deposit your secret."

  • " You will not be loved if you care for none but yourself."

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