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Spanish Proverbs





Spanish proverbs offer insight into Spanish culture, history, and society, and are often used in speech and writing. There is no substitute for knowing them, and if you can use them in yourself, so much the better. Below are all the standard proverbs used in Spanish, along with English translations and explanations. Use the Search Box at left if you cant't navigate your way to what you want.

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baile y cochino, en la casa del vecino
dance and eat in the home of a neighbor. (lit.: dance and pork in the home of a neighbor; i.e.: enjoy yourself when it is free and convenient; a Mexican saying)

barriga llena, corazón contento
a full stomach makes for a happy heart. (a full stomach makes for a happy heart

besando una boca se olvida la otra
kissing one and forgetting another; the best cure for lost love is new love. (lit.: kissing one mouth lets one forget another; a Mexican saying)

bien vengas mal, si vienes solo
it never rains but it pours. (lit.: may you arrive well if you come alone)

buey que no está en el mercado, no es vendido ni comprado
opportunity comes but once. (lit.: an ox that is not at the market is neither sold nor bought; a Mexican saying)


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