Great Throughts Treasury

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Mexican Proverbs


"A good deed is the best prayer."

"Courtesy is compatible with bravery."

"When Uncle Sam sneezes, Mexico catches a cold."

"A golden cage is still a cage."

"An idle mind is the devil's playground."

"Better to be alone than in bad company."

"A secret between two is god's secret; a secret between three is known to all."

"Do good and don't worry to whom."

"Everything wears away from use."

"Even the best horse needs to be spurred."

"Fear doesn't travel by donkey."

" Conversation is food for the soul."

"False hope kills more readily than bitter truth."

"From the fallen tree everyone makes firewood."

"He who doesn't look ahead remains behind."

"He who lives with hope dies happy."

"No fate is worse than a life without a love."

"He who grabs much grasps little."

"He who knows nothing neither doubts nor fears anything."

"He who loiters hears ill spoken of himself."

"In youth we learn, in old age we understand."

"Money is a good servant, but an evil master. "

"Stupidity closes the doors of kindness."

"Self-praise amounts to self-condemnation."

"The closed mouth doesn't catch any flies."

"The sin carries its own penance."

"There's no life so tiring as one of doing nothing."

"Walk your own road and bear your own load."

"Where there are weapons, there will be wars."

"There's no worse struggle than one that never begins."

"To the hungry man no bread is bad."

"When young, it's all dreams; when old, all memories."

"Youth is a folly; maturity, a struggle; old age a remorse."

"You judge the way you live."

"A bird in hand is worth more than a hundred in flight."

"A lamp in the street, obscurity at home."

"A jealous lover becomes an indifferent spouse."

"A good resolution is like an old horse, which is often saddled but rarely ridden."

"A good man finds his native soil in every country."

"A good cock can crow anywhere."

"A good cock will crow on every dung-heap."

"A leopard never changes its spots."

"A man forewarned is equal to two."

"A man without happiness is either not good or not well."

"A word and a stone once thrown away cannot be returned."

"Agreements should be clearly expressed, and chocolate should be served thick."

"A poor man with a cigar is a thief for sure."

"A person born to be a flower pot will not go beyond the porch"

"All time spent angry is time lost being happy."

"All?s fair in love and war."