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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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vale más morir de pie que vivir de rodillas
live free or die. (lit.: better to die on your feet than live on your knees; n.b.: a Mexican proverb)

vine, vi y vencí
I came, I saw, I conquered. (n.b.: from the Latin veni, vidi, vici)

vino y mujeres dan más pesares que placeres
wine and women cause more pain than pleasure. (n.b.: a Mexican proverb)

vísteme despacio, que estoy de prisa
more haste, less speed. (lit.: dress me slowly, as I am in a hurry)

vísteme despacio, que tengo prisa
more haste, less speed. (lit.: dress me slowly, as I am in a hurry)

vivir y dejar vivir
live and let live. (live and let live


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