Spanish Proverbs

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

  • It is never late if the joy is good.
  • At night, all cats are black.
  • Eyes that don’t see, a heart that doesn’t feel.
  • Don’t offer me advice; give me money.
  • He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow.
  • The dog that doesn’t walk doesn’t find a bone.
  • What a fool does in the end, the wise do in the beginning.
  • The foolish sayings of a rich man pass for wise ones.
  • A wise man changes his mind; a fool never will.
  • Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.
  • If you want the dog, accept the fleas.
  • May every mast hold its own sail.
  • That which isn’t in books, life will teach you.
  • Not through much awaking early does the dawn come earlier.
  • From such a stick, such a splinter.
  • There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.
  • Communism is a cow of many: well milked and badly fed.
  • From good wine, good vinegar.
  • An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
  • Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.
  • The shrimp that falls asleep gets carried away by the current.
  • The one who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot.
  • Deeds are love, words are not.
  • Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married.
  • He that has no children brings them up well.
  • Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
  • The world is a handkerchief.
  • Do the good, and don’t look at whom.
  • Blue eyes say, “Love me or I die.” Black eyes say, “Love me or I kill thee.”
  • Water for oxen, wine for kings.
  • A bird in the hand is worth more than 100 flying.
  • Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.
  • Who has a trade may go anywhere.
  • What is not yours always chirps for its master.
  • Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
  • A word from the mouth is like a stone from a sling.
  • A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
  • Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.
  • Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
  • Chins without beards deserve no honor.
  • A lot of noise and few walnuts.
  • For a dog that I killed, dog-killer they called me.
  • Never put off today what you can put off tomorrow.
  • The king goes as far as he may, not as far as he could.
  • An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
  • From the saying to the act, there is much distance.
  • Honey wasn’t made for the mouth of a donkey.
  • Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent.
  • Two great talkers will not travel far together.
  • A rich man is either a scoundrel or the heir of a scoundrel.

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