100 popular short sayings (and their meaning)
We review almost a hundred sayings in Spanish, and the wisdom they harbor.
Proverbs are a popular form of expression whose strength lies in the fact that they are used whose strength lies in the fact that they are used to convey their wisdom verbally.
In cultures all over the world and for hundreds of years these expressions have been passed down from parents to children, making them one of the easiest ways to communicate with our loved ones. They are often used to pass on practical knowledge, to instruct children on how they should do certain things or how to act at certain times.
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Great short sayings (and what they mean).
Who hasn't ever heard their father or grandfather recite a proverb to them? Many of us are sure that more than one saying has stayed forever in our minds and we have tried to apply it to our daily lives.
In today's article we will see a list of the 100 most popular short sayings and their meaning, so that you can discover them and absorb the wisdom they contain.so that you can discover them and absorb the wisdom they contain.
Like father, like son.
A saying that tells us about the similarity between two relatives, usually father and son or mother and daughter.
2. When the weather is bad, it's a good thing.
A saying that tells us that in the face of adversity we should have a positive attitude.
3. To cry in the valley.
Let them go tell their sorrows to someone else.
4. All that glitters is not gold.
Something that seems very good may not be so if it is known in depth.
5. Money calls money.
Having a certain initial capital will make us more likely to generate more wealth.
6. Third time's the charm.
We should not give up in our attempts to persevere.
7. Better safe than sorry.
Taking precautions is a smart way to avoid greater evils.
8. The early bird catches the worm.
Being hard-working in our day-to-day lives will lead us to achieve our goals.
9. Throw a stone and hide your hand.
This proverb refers to those people who are not aware of their bad acts, or who act miserably and then dissimulate so as not to be caught.
10. The habit does not make the monk.
The way we dress or our appearance does not represent who we really are.
11. Better late than never.
It is better to have achieved a purpose later than expected than never to have done it at all.
12. Breed fame and go to sleep.
This refers to the fact that if we have acted in one way on one occasion, society will believe that we will always act in the same way.
13. God squeezes but does not suffocate.
Life puts us to the test but we are capable of getting through it.
14. He who covers too much, does not press too hard.
Those who perform many tasks at the same time do not perform any of them correctly.
15. Asking questions leads to Rome.
Asking for help when we do not know something will give us the tools to reach our objective.
16. One swallow does not make a summer.
A person will not achieve anything if those around him do not help him. Or you can also say that the exception does not make the rule.
17. Much ado about nothing.
This refers to those who talk a lot about their upcoming actions... but never do them.
18. As much as you have, so much you are worth.
It means that a person's value is equal to what he or she possesses.
19. Where does Vincent go? Where people go.
A saying that refers to those who let themselves be carried away by others.
20. He who waits, despairs.
When we wait for something we don't know if it will happen, we get very nervous.
21. No evil lasts a hundred years.
Any problem is eventually solved with the passage of time.
22. Forewarned war does not kill soldiers.
It wants to indicate that if we are warned in advance of something we cannot be caught by surprise.
23. He who does not owe it, does not fear it.
He who has not done something wrong need not be afraid of any reprimand.
24. If I have seen you, I do not remember.
That which was once spoken of has just come to nothing.
25. Every cloud has a silver lining.
In one way or another there is always a positive aspect to almost everything.
26. To want is power.
He who really wants something, gets it.
27. Better skill than strength.
Intelligence is superior to brute force, this will make us achieve our goals.
28. Full belly, happy heart.
He who has his basic needs covered does not need anything else.
29. Little by little one goes far.
With time and hard work we will achieve our objectives.
30. Being polite does not take away from being brave.
Being polite does not mean that we are not willing to do anything. We can even be daring and undertake great struggles in spite of being polite and kind.
31. With you, bread and onions.
It refers to the fact that we will be with this person in good times and bad.
32. It is never late if happiness is good.
When something is positive, even if it is late, it is always welcome.
33. Whoever has a mouth makes mistakes.
We all make mistakes, we are people.
34. Do good and don't look at whom.
Doing good deeds is always the right thing to do, regardless of who benefits.
35. The big fish eats the small fish.
The powerful can always beat the weak; it is natural selection.
36. A dead king is as good as dead.
When there is a vacancy, it is quickly filled by the next in the hierarchy.
37. The sin is called the sin, but not the sinner.
When one speaks of something badly done but does not want to say the author.
38. Today for you, tomorrow for me.
What we do today will benefit us tomorrow.
39. He who seeks, finds.
He who shows interest in something ends up doing it.
40. Drop by drop, the sea is exhausted.
With the passing of time, any goal is reached.
41. Time is gold.
We should not waste our time on things that are not worthwhile.
42. He who sings, his evil scares away.
Showing ourselves happy will make us more receptive to the happiness of others.
43. He who kills with iron, dies with iron.
He who today does an evil deed against someone, tomorrow it can be done to him.
44. The fish dies by the mouth.
Talking too much can harm us in our personal relationships.
45. The exception makes the rule.
Whenever something happens over and over again, at some point it has to happen differently.
46. One nail pulls out another nail.
It refers to the fact that in personal relationships, a new relationship can help us to overcome a previous bad relationship.
47. To say proverbs is to say truths.
It indicates that inside the sayings there is a well of wisdom. As we are seeing in the article you are reading.
48. It is the intention that counts.
Whether something goes well or badly, if it was done in good faith, it was well done and is worthy of praise.
49. It doesn't get any clearer than that.
Something that is clearly evident cannot be interpreted in any other way.
50. To bad life, bad death.
When we carry out bad acts in a sustained way, in the end we will pay the price for it.
51. To bread, bread, and to wine, wine.
It refers to the fact that we should be more direct and not beat around the bush in a conversation. Make things clear.
52. To kill fleas with bullets.
To do something very exaggerated for a very small or derisory purpose.
53. Water that you will not drink, let it flow.
That which does not interest us should not concern us.
54. Every thief judges by his own condition.
This refers to the one who performs evil deeds thinking that the rest of us will also perform them and makes his judgments based on this perverse scale of values.
55. Shrimp that sleeps, the current takes it away.
If we relax and do not pay attention we can lose opportunities.
56. You can take the horse to the river, but you cannot force it to drink water.
This refers to the fact that we can give our advice to someone close to us, but it is up to that person to follow it or not.
57. With an empty belly, no one shows joy.
When we have pressing needs, they occupy our mind and we find it hard to relax.
58. No matter how much you get up early, it does not dawn earlier.
No matter how much we are anxious about something, if it has to happen, it will happen.
59. The tongue is the punishment of the body.
Talking too much can take its toll on us; we should not be mouthy.
60. Every man for himself.
This refers to the fact that each of us should look after our own interests.
61. God deliver me from the gentle waters, but I will deliver myself from the rough ones.
He who has a calm and quiet attitude may not be trustworthy on certain occasions.
62. Man, like the bear, the uglier he is, the more beautiful he is.
A rough man also has a beauty for certain people.
63. He who has a straw tail, let him not go near the candle.
He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone; it is the same metaphor in both cases.
64. Greed breaks the sack.
To be too greedy can lead us to lose everything we achieve.
65. Many a pity for many, consolation for fools.
Focusing on the problems of others will not help us to solve our own problems.
66. Love pays with love.
To behave with others as they did with us, to be grateful.
67. What doesn't kill you, makes you fat.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger, especially this proverb refers to food, but it can be applied to anything else.
68. Faces we see, hearts we do not know.
We never know the thoughts of others and the feelings that these move.
69. He who is married, wants a house.
Those who are married do not want to share a house with other people.
70. Music tames the wild beasts.
Music is something that affects all living beings and has the power to calm even animals.
71. There is no bad fifth.
The power of our perseverance will make us realize our objective.
72. Tomorrow will be another day.
Tomorrow can be better; we must be positive.
73. How we live, we die.
The way we have lived our life will be the way we die.
74. Out of sight, out of mind.
What we are not aware of cannot harm us emotionally.
75. Think wrong and you will be right.
Putting ourselves in the worst situation makes us be prepared for everything that can happen. And, unfortunately, it is easy that this hypothesis is the one that ends up happening.
76. From the fallen tree, everyone makes firewood.
When someone makes a mistake or is defeated is when people take advantage of the situation to make bad words.
77. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
The law of talion, he who does it, pays for it.
78. Bad weed never dies.
He who perhaps does not lead a life of righteousness and morality sometimes lives longer than the person who does.
79. He who itches, eats garlic.
He who is angry about something is a sign that the matter is of importance to him.
80. There is no rose without thorns.
There is nothing in the world that does not have a negative aspect, everything has something that may not be entirely good.
81. A lot of donaire, causes scorn.
The one who is too extroverted may be disliked by others.
82. For example, a button.
This refers to the fact that with a small example of something we can imagine the rest.
83. Cheap is expensive.
That for which sometimes we pay little money can have problems that in the long run bring us a greater disbursement.
84. He who excuses himself, accuses himself.
He who gives explanations without apparent need is usually because he really needs to give them.
85. The poet is born, not made.
There are faculties that are innate to us, that we do not learn them: we are born with them.
86. It is not an itch to be angry with pleasure.
An evil that is willingly accepted does not bother us.
87. New cage, dead bird.
Making certain changes at the last minute can lead to a worse outcome.
88. To another dog with that bone.
It means that we are not going to let ourselves be fooled by crude trickery.
89. Bad eyes are dear.
A saying that refers to the fact that when someone treats us badly, it can mean an undemonstrated appreciation.
90. In the blacksmith's house, a wooden knife.
It tells us that we should not take anything for granted no matter how obvious it may seem, above all it refers to the fact that because a person performs a certain trade he does not have to do it in his own home.
91. He who sleeps much, learns little.
Passivity leads us to neither progress nor grow as people.
92. When the river sounds, it carries water.
Sometimes, it is necessary to trust the incitements, even if it is to begin to investigate.
93. There is no shortcut without work.
The most important goals are achieved through effort.
94. He who went to Seville lost his chair.
You have to know how to appreciate what you have in order not to miss opportunities.
95. Shoemaker, to your shoes.
Each one must assume which is the domain of what he knows.
96. Big donkey, whether it walks or not.
It is important not to be impressed by superfluous details and to value what we really need, what is in line with what we really want.
97. Although the monkey dresses in silk, the monkey stays.
Forms cannot hide the true nature of things.
98. It never rains to everyone's liking.
There is no single criterion for knowing what is good and what is not. It is necessary to assume that every initiative will receive negative criticism.
99. No flies can enter into a closed mouth.
Sometimes, assuming a humble position and not wanting attention is the wisest option.
100. Whoever has a friend has a treasure.
Friendship is much more than a set of good times in the company of someone.