Mexican Proverbs

Enjoy dozens of witty and insightful Mexican proverbs and idioms that have been passed down from one generation to the next for hundreds of years!

  • He who really wants to die will not complain if he is buried standing up.
  • Love is too rare to be lost on jealousy.
  • It’s not enough to know how to ride; you must also know how to fall.
  • Do not refuse the body what it asks for.
  • He who speaks too much is tiresome; he who speaks too little is boring.
  • One timely shout is better than constant talk.
  • Man proposes; God disposes; and the devil undoes it.
  • Tell me what you want to buy and I will tell you what you are.
  • How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards.
  • Who gets angry, loses.
  • We are all made of the same clay but not from the same mold.
  • God did not give wings to scorpions.
  • A steady step is better than a run that tires.
  • No matter how early you get up, you can’t make the sun rise any sooner.
  • If you don’t show, you don’t sell.
  • Only men with thick lips should smoke a cigar.
  • Those who rescue are always crucified.
  • If it is not stolen, it is a legacy.
  • Clear accounts, long friendships.
  • Who does not live to serve does not serve to live.
  • The envious never give praise; they only take it in.
  • If you want to live in peace, you must not tell everything that you know, nor judge everything that you see.
  • He is not fat; it is his belt that doesn’t fit.
  • Everyone makes firewood of a fallen tree.
  • With warning, there is no deception.
  • Better alone than poorly accompanied.
  • The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman.
  • A good cock will crow on every dunghill.
  • Without corn, there is no country.
  • Poor musicians blame their instruments.
  • God helps those who rise early.
  • The lover of a student does not always become the wife of a graduate.
  • He who is accustomed to evil is offended by good.
  • Trust your best friend as you would your worst enemy.
  • If it does not stink, it is not a foot.
  • Be careful what you wish for, as it could become true.
  • Fewer donkeys, more corn.
  • He who follows his own advice must take the consequences.
  • The closer to a tree, good shade covers you.
  • The rat who only knows about one hole will soon be caught by the cat.
  • He who lingers around will hear bad things spoken about him.
  • No flies enter a closed mouth.
  • The stomach comes first.
  • When two paupers get married, it is the beginning of a generation of beggars.
  • There is no competition among lighthouses.
  • Though a cage may be made of gold, it is still a cage.
  • If you don’t honor your wife, you are dishonoring yourself.
  • Nobody leaves this world alive.
  • For every dog, there is an appropriate stick.
  • Fortune is like a wall that falls on those who lean on it.

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