Spanish ProverbsRating Mail
Today for you, tomorrow for me.
Meaning - Today I'll help you or do you a favor, in the future you should remember that and help me back.
Note : You owe me one, later you can pay me.
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All roads lead to Rome.
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Praying to God but hitting with the mallet.
Meaning - Pray to God but also do your part (work for it).
Note : Beg from God but never forget to strike your blows with your hammer.
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'To where you go, do the things you see'
Meaning - Adapt yourself to the local customs.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
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Do not check the teeth of a horse given as a present
Meaning - Do not search for faults in a gift, as in don't try to guess the horse's age by looking at its teeth since it is free.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
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To a car that's half closed to your destiny to hell, all are roads. (or) To an upset wagon all are roads.
Meaning - To the confused, panicked, gullible, or half-educated person, all answers seem equally valid.
Note : To a corrupt person, everyone is a road
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For fleeing enemies, a silver bridge.
Meaning - To get rid of people you don't like sometimes you have to "help" them to leave. (or) Don't let the door hit you in the rump.
Note : Gallantry assists a defeated foe. (Don't kick adversaries when they're down.)
Insult a defeated enemy with silver bridges of ridicule.
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Water in May, bread for the whole year'
Meaning - When it rains in May, there're good crops.
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Water you should not drink, let it flow. (or) Water you are not going to drink, let it run (or) Let waters you will not be drinking run freely.
Meaning - If you don't need something, leave it for others to use; be generous; avoid greed. (or) Don't take that which is not rightly yours. (or) Avoid dangerous situations; avoid foreseeable problems.
Note : Save some for the fish.
Don't get in other people business
Don't take or covet something that doesn't belong to you or it's out of your reach.
Do not hoard what you can't or won't use.
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'Third try is the successful one.'
Meaning - You may fail in doing something, but you will have success on the third try.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "Third time's a charm"
"If at first you don't succeed;try, try and try again"
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To a good listener, few words (are enough).
Meaning - Erudition is brevity. (or) A good listener needs few words. (understanding comes easy). (or) To a careful listener, interpreting hidden or inferred meanings, oftentimes of veiled implications or innuendo, is easy;
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "Brevity is the soul of wit."
"Read between the lines."
"A word to the wise is sufficient."
"Talk less. Listen more."
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Put a nice face to the bad times.
Meaning - Be positive even in bad situations.
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He who is to receive, some is saved for him, and if he is late, it will be warmed up again.
Meaning - Sometimes, people tend to get stuck with ideas and principles and make way for them through rain and storm.
Note : Whatever is meant for you, will be for you sooner or later.
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'To a dead king, a king crowned.'
Meaning - In monarchies it was important to have a continuous succession line. A new King was named right after the old one passed.
Note : Everyone is replaceable.
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If there's no bread, cakes will do. (or) In place of bread, cakes are good. (or) If there's no bread, have crackers.
Meaning - Settle for the next best thing. (or) Beggars can't be choosers. (or) In times of need, kindness is especially sweet.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "Any port in a storm."
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Papaya that is served, papaya that is eaten
Meaning - If you leave yourself open to abuse, people will abuse you.
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Of that which is/you have done, (take it on the) chest.
Meaning - Accept the consequences of what you do (to the chest; like a man). (or) Deeds are honor; claim your victories.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "Face the music." (or) "Take it like a man."
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To a skinny dog, all are fleas.
Meaning - If/when you are weak, it will seem that only problems surround you. (or) To the weak of character, all responsibilities are irritating. (or) To misers, all are parasites.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "Misery loves company."
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Fleas jump on a skinny dog. (or) Fleas jump on a sick dog.
Meaning - The weak attract problems.
Note : To the weak of character everyone is irritating.
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A tree that is born twisted never grows straight
Meaning - It is hard to break old habits.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
"As the twig is bent, the tree will lean."
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God helps those who get up early. (or) God helps those who get up early, and leaves those who are too late.
Meaning - Initiative will be rewarded.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "The early bird gets the worm."
"God helps those who help themselves."
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'If God doesn't give children to you, the devil will give you nephews'
Meaning - You will find troubles even if you didn't have them.
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Although the monkey dresses in silk, she is still a monkey.
Meaning - You can't take the ghetto out of them.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."
A piggy with lipstick, still a piggy.
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"Full stomach, happy heart."
Meaning - When one has eaten enough/much, one is happy. (or) Satisfaction ensures compliance.
Note : Satisfy desires and ensure cooperation/dominance/security.
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Spices are good but not too much
Meaning - There's no need to overdo it. (or) Garnishes are no substitute for the main course.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: "All things in moderation."
"Too much of a good thing."
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'Big horse, whether or not it can trot'
Meaning - A good thing, even if it can't do something basic.
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A loudmouth/big-talker will fall (on his face) faster than one legged man.
Meaning - A braggart will quickly be revealed as a fraud when he can't back up what he says.
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You look prettier when you're quiet.
Meaning - If you can't say anything nice (or intelligent), don't say anything at all
Note : That's not very accurate. It is more like saying, if you don't know what you are talking about, you shouldn't express your opinion because you'll look stupid (and less attractive because of it) whereas the above translation is more about how you shouldn't give negative opinions because it is rude.
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The shrimp that falls asleep is swept away by the current.
Meaning - You should never take things for granted nor cease to make an effort. (or) The unwary are overtaken (by events, progress, circumstance).
Note : Don't rest on your laurels - you snooze, you lose.
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Faces we (can) see, hearts we don't/can't know.
Meaning - We know what someone looks like but not what he thinks or feels. (or) Appearance can be deceiving.
Note : Treachery can show a friendly face. (or) Don't judge a book by its cover.
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In a blacksmith's house all knives are wooden
Meaning - Someone doesn't work for him/herself. (or) Someone doesn't know how to apply their knowledge to their own life. (or) A strange circumstance.
Note : Equivalent in English:- "The cobbler's wife/children goes unshod".
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Raise crows and they will peck your eyes out.
Meaning - People can be ungrateful - even if you hand-raise a crow, it can still peck out your eyes (or) If you take care of / raise / tolerate inherently indecent people, they will still take advantage of you at the end.
Note : See also: Aesop's tale of the man and the frozen snake.
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Create fame, and go to sleep.
Meaning - First impressions go a long way. (or) Do things right the first time and your tranquility is assured.
Note : Create something that brings you fame and live off the royalties.
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Two rations are served to whom does not want any
Meaning - Sometimes in life you receive a double portion of something that you don't want, ie, a lesson that needs to be learned.
Note : When you are not in need, is when people offer to help/ When you don't need a particular item you will find it all the time.
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When you have diarrhia, green guava doesn't help. (Green guavas are said to cause constipation)
Meaning - Too late to fix it.
Note : English equivalent: "Too Little, Too Late"
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When ravens are seen flyng low, it is cold for the sake of a prick.
Meaning - In a country context, seeing the way ravens fly is a clue for deducing the weather.
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When the Indian (pejorative, meaning 'a fool') slides / falls on his butt, there is no ravine to escape through.
Meaning - Stupid people trap themselves. (or) When a knave has other motives there's no way to stop him.
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When the river makes noise, (is because) it's carrying water.
Meaning - Every rumour probably has a true part.
Note : Equivalent English proverb: "Where there's smoke, there's fire."
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When it's your time, it's your time.
Meaning - You can't avoid some things / You can't escape fate. (or) You will get what you deserve.
Note : When your time is up, it's up.
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Priest Gatica preaches but doesn't practice (what he preaches) [Word game by rhyme]
Meaning - What he says is not what he does.
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He doesn't practice what he preaches.
Meaning - Practice what you preach.
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Giving and giving, little pigeon flying.' The bird is mentioned to create a catchy rhythm, although it could also be symbolic of the completed deal.
Meaning - You give it to me and I give it to you on the spot, no laters (or) Hand over something to some one and viceversa at the same time or on the spot. The foundation of bargaining commerce.
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'Give me bread and call me stupid.'
Meaning - There's no problem if you call me stupid so long as you remember to give me bread to eat.
Note : English: Sticks and stones ... or Call me what you like, just don't call me late for dinner.
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'Everyone makes lumber from a fallen tree.'
Meaning - Anyone can make a profit from someone's disgrace. (or) It is always easy to benefit from the loss of others.
Note : When someone falls in disgrace, mean and scheming people who supported him while succesful, will try to sink him even more.
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Between word and deed, there's a wide trench (journey).
Meaning - Easier said than done. (or) There's a big difference between what people say and what they do.
Note : Between saying and doing there is a great gap.
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Since we are lost, let's go to the river.
Meaning - Sentence used when people accept that something wrong is going to happen. Better to accept it and keep going, than to stand still trying to grasp it.
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From such a tree, such a splinter.
Meaning - Kids are like their parents, good or bad.
Note : Equivalent English proverbs: 'Like father, like son.'
'A chip off the old block.'
'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.'
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Tell me what you praise yourself for, and I'll tell you what you suffer from. (or) Tell me what you boast about and I'll tell you what you lack.
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Tell me who you hang around with and I'll tell you who you are.
Meaning - Your choice of friends or associates is sign of your character. (or) Birds of a feather flock together.
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God may squeeze, but he does not choke.
Note : English equivalent: God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
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