Mexican ProverbsRating Mail
"Tree which grows bent will never get straight again"
Meaning - That which starts wrong will never get right. Used also about the formation and education of children.
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"To the dead interrment and to the living enjoyment"
Meaning - To stop mourning the dead and keep going with life. Mostly it is used as a metaphor for continuing to enjoy life despite its problems.
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"The devil knows more for being old than for being the devil"
Meaning - That experience means more than a name.
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"Nobody learns in the head of someone else"
Meaning - Nobody learns through the experience of someone else. You should make your own mistakes.
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When Uncle Sam sneezes, Mexico catches a cold.
Note : Refers to Mexico's economy being closely tied to that of the United States
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"Water you are not going to drink, let it run"
Meaning - Do not keep what you are not going to use. Mostly used in emotional conflict, and says to let go of ill feelings.
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"The stones keep rolling" (or) "Even the stones meet sometimes"
Meaning - Events are moving along. (or) People who knows each other will probably cross ways some other time in the future.
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"A bird in hand is worth more than a hundred in flight"
Meaning - Something certain is better than a lot of uncertain.
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"No matter how early you rise the dawn comes no earlier"
Meaning - There are some things that we cannot hurry or accelerate, even if we try.
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"There is no bad that comes without a good"
Meaning - For everything bad that happens, there is also something good. Always look for the positive side of things.
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"Do not ask pears from an elm"
Meaning - Do not ask something from someone who can not do the job.
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No way I'm returning to Mexico. I can't stand being in a place more surreal than my paintings.
Note : Salvador Dalí, refering to Mexico's socio-economical contrast and cultural richness
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"To bad steps, make them quick"
Meaning - If you have to do something that you don't like, do it fast to forget about it soon.
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"You don't look a gift horse in the mouth"
Meaning - You don't inspect in detail that which was given. (or) Don't complain about something given as a gift.
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"Wherever you go, do as you see"
Meaning - Do what you see they're doing.
Note : "When in Rome, do as the romans do"
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"To bad times, good face"
Meaning - Be positive even in bad situations.
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"Breed crows and they will take your eyes out"
Note : "You reap what you sow"
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"Who wakes up early, God will help"
Meaning - "If you start early, things will be easier or better."
Note : "The early bird catches the worm"
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"Shrimp that sleeps gets carried by the tide"
Meaning - If you get distracted (or asleep), you will be left behind; or you snooze you lose.
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"If the river sounds it is because it is carrying water" (or) "If the river roars, rocks hauls"
Meaning - If there are rumors, there must be some truth behind them. Or, where there's smoke there's fire.
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Sometimes, you get a better service from a total stranger's business than from a friend's business.
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"Where there was fire, ashes remain"
Meaning - There is always something left of the events that happen.
Note : Usually this "refran" is used in passional themes, where there was love, there is always some left. Or talking about an old flame.
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"Tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are"
Meaning - You will be seen to be like the people you hang around with. Therefore, if your hanging out with a bad crowd, people are going to think that you are bad.
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"The donkey works twice as much" (or) "A jackass works twice as much"
Meaning - Work smart; focus on quality and not quantity (donkey is considered a stupid animal)
Note : When you do your work half-heartedly, sometimes you will need to do that work again.
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"Fear does not travel by donkey"
Meaning - People are not dumb, they won't do things that are clearly dangerous (because they are afraid)
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"It is not the indian's fault but of the one who befriends him"
Meaning - Be careful no to assign responsibility to someone who does not have the proper qualifications to handle it.
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"Corpses and annoying guests stink by the third day"
Meaning - Annoying guests can become a nuisance if they stay for long.
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"He, who is silent consents"
Meaning - If you don't say anything, you'll agree to what I say.
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"He, who does not speak, God does not hear"
Meaning - To be heard it is needed to speak or the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
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"Who leaves to (or goes to) his villa lost his seat"
Meaning - Who leaves his chair may lose it. Used when someone leaves a chair and someone else takes it or finders keepers.
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"In a closed mouth, flies do not enter"
Meaning - A person who does not judge will not get judged. (or) Do not give more information than needed.
Note : English equivalent: "Silence is golden" or "mum's the word"
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"In house of the blacksmith, wooden hoe"
Meaning - That where the resources abound, those are not used. "The cobbler's children have no shoes."
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"The mule was not easily frightened, it was made that way"
Meaning - That people (or animals, in this case) can acquire certain behaviors as result of the actions of others. This "refran" is mainly to illustrate that an animal can become permanently frigthtened or easily lose temper by constantly abusing and hitting it, and so too can a person.
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"Marriage and shroud, from heaven will come"
Meaning - Both good and bad things come by themselves.
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"Nobody trips twice with the same stone"
Meaning - Nobody should commit the same error twice. (or) Nobody DOES commit the same error twice. The second time, it is his fault. Or, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
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"Not so much that it burns the saint, or so little that it does not shed a light on him"
Meaning - Extremes are not useful.
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"Not everything that glimmers is gold"
Meaning - Not everything that has a good appearance has good quality, or don't take anything for granted.
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"Little paper speaks"
Meaning - That you must have proof of what you claim. (a legal document)
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"If you see your neighbor has shaved his beard, you should start lathering yours"
Meaning - If you see a change occur around you, prepare yourself for the change.
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