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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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se cosecha lo que se siembra
as you sow, so shall you reap

si haces mal, espera otro tal
an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. (lit.: if you do evil/harm, expect more of the same)

si no te las dan es porque no se las pides
the squeaky wheel gets oiled. (lit.: if they do not give you it, it's because you did not ask for it; n.b.: a Mexican proverb)

si quieres saber quién es, vive con él un mes
if you want to know who someone is, live with him for a month. (n.b.: a Mexican proverb)

sobre gustos no hay nada escrito
to each his own. (lit.: about tastes there is nothing written)

suegra, ni aun de azúcar es buena
a mother-in-law would be bitter even if made of sugar. (a mother-in-law would be bitter even if made of sugar


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