Spanish proverbs are a rich part of the Spanish language and culture. They often capture the wisdom and folk knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world in a brief, memorable phrase. Many Spanish proverbs are drawn from literature and poetry and have been passed down through generations. Some are specific to a particular region or country, while others are widely known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Many Spanish proverbs are similar to those in other languages, but others are unique to the Spanish language and culture. Some famous Spanish proverbs include: “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres” (Tell me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are), “El que calla otorga” (Silence gives consent), and “Más vale prevenir que curar” (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure). In this post, we sharing some best Spanish proverbs in English to achieve true wisdom.
Spanish Proverbs and Sayings in English
1. A bad excuse is better than none.
2. A fool sometimes gives good counsel.
3. A full belly is neither good for flight, nor for fighting.
4. A great position entails great responsibility.
5. A wise man changes his mind, a fool never.
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6. A woman’s tears are worth a lot but cost little.
7. After one vice a greater follows.
8. Always taking out and never putting in, soon reaches the bottom.
9. An open door tempts a saint.
10. Ask for too much in order to get enough.
11. Bad news flies.
12. Before the time, great courage; when at the point, great fear.
13. Better to ask the way than to go astray.
14. Between saying and doing there is a long road.
15. Between the “yes” and “no” of a woman you can’t place a pin.
16. By the thread, we unwind the skein.
17. Cheap things cost a lot of money.
18. Courtesy does not exclude courage.
19. Dead men have no friends.
20. Discover not your silent money to anybody.
21. Discreet stops make speedy journeys.
22. Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy.
23. Do not fret about news, it will grow old and you will know it.
24. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose.
25. Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.
26. Don’t talk too much, because your ignorance is greater than your knowledge.
27. Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is surely the best.
28. Friendly words gain much and cost nothing.
29. He is always right he suspects that he is always wrong.
30. He who asks the fewest favors is the best received.
31. He who excuses himself accuses himself.
32. He who makes light of his enemy dies by his hand.
33. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
34. He who wants to be rich in a year comes to the gallows in half a year.
35. How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.
36. However early you get up you cannot hasten the dawn.
37. Hunger sharpens the wit.
38. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.
39. If folly were a pain, there would be groaning in every house.
40. If there is still doubt do not accuse.
41. If they say you are good, ask yourself if it is true.
42. If you want good service, serve yourself.
43. If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
44. If you want to sleep well, buy the bed of a bankrupt.
45. If you wish for good advice, consult an old man.
46. If you would be a pope, you must think of nothing else.
47. If you would make a thief honest, trust him.
48. If your wife tells you to throw yourself off a cliff, pray to God that it is a low one.
49. In a choice between bad company and loneliness – the second is preferable.
50. It is a wise son that knows his own father.
51. It is better to be born a beggar than a fool.
52. Life is a gift for which we pay dearly.
53. Not he gives who likes, but who has.
54. One cannot learn to swim in a field.
55. One fool makes a hundred.
56. One good forewit is worth two afterward.
57. Poverty does not destroy virtue, nor does wealth bestow it.
58. Speaking without thinking is shooting without taking aim.
59. Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love.
60. Talk little and well, and you will be looked upon as somebody.
61. Talking of an old debt always starts another quarrel.
62. The act of treachery is liked, but not he that does it.
63. The attack is the best form of defense.
64. The bad news is always true.
65. The best mirror is an old friend.
66. The best or the worst for a man is his wife.
67. The best way to solve a problem is to attack its cause of it.
68. The lazy man always does twice the work.
69. The poor houses are filled with the most honest people.
70. The spoken word sometimes loses what silence has won.
71. The stone is hard and the drop is small, but a hole is made by the constant fall.
72. The thread breaks where it is thinnest.
73. The well-dressed woman draws her husband away from another woman’s door.
74. The wind changes every day; a woman changes every second.
75. There is a remedy for everything but death.
76. There is little use in watching a bad woman.
77. There is no worse joke than a true one.
78. There’s no making a good cloak of bad cloth.
79. To change one’s mind is rather a sign of prudence than ignorance.
80. To deny everything is to confess everything.
81. To tell a woman what she cannot do is to tell her what she can.
82. Treat the small in the way you would want to be treated by the big.
83. Truths and roses have thorns about them.
84. Vainglory blossoms, and bears no fruit.
85. Walk until the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.
86. Watch out for a bad woman and never trust a good one.
87. What is in use, wants no excuse.
88. What is much desired is not believed when it comes.
89. What the fool does at last, the wise man does at first.
90. When fortune knocks upon the door open it widely.
91. When there are two friends in one purse, one sings, and the other weeps.
92. Where the heart is past hope, the face is past shame.
93. Where the wolf gets one lamb he looks for another.
94. Who gossips with you will gossip about you.
95. Who is always prying into other men’s affairs, and leads a dangerous life?
96. Who is well seated, let him not budge?
97. Wind and good luck seldom last.
98. Wit’s never bought till it’s paid for.
99. Women, wind, and fortune, soon change.
100. You can’t escape your destiny.