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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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un lugar para cada cosa, y cada cosa en su lugar
a place for everything, and everything in its place. (n.b.: exactly the same in both languages)

una golondrina no hace verano
one swallow does not make a summer

una mano lava la otra
one hand washes the other

una manzana podrida echa un ciento a perder
one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel. (lit.: one rotten apple can cause one-hundred to be lost)

uno no es ninguna
once doesn’t count. (lit.: one isn’t anything)

unos cardan la lana y otros tiene/llevan/cobran la fama
some do the work and others get the credit. (lit.: some tease the wool and others gain fame [for doing so])

unos nacen con estrella y otros nacen estrellados
fortune smiles on some but not all. (lit.: some are born under a [lucky] star and other born starry)


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