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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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haciéndose el milagro, no importa que lo haga el Diablo
it's the miracle, not its maker, that matters. (lit.: having performed a miracle, it does not matter that the Devil did it; n.b.: a Mexican saying)

hay muchas maneras de matar pulgas
there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (lit.: there are many ways to kill fleas)

hay quienes nacen con estrella y quienes nacen estrellados
fortune is fickle with us all. (lit.: some are born under a [lucky] star, and some are born into collisions; n.b.: a Mexican expression)

haz bien y no mires a quién
do good to all alike. (lit.: do good and don’t look at who [you’re doing it for])

hombre pobre todo es trazas
necessity is the mother of invention. (lit.: for a poor man, everything is [a matter of] appearance)

hombre prevenido vale por dos
forewarned is forearmed. (lit.: a man warned is worth two)


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