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15 Mexican Proverbs to Live Your Life By


15 Mexican Proverbs to Live Your Life By

Sophia Boccard

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Cada cual hace con su vida un papalote y lo echa a volar | We each make a kite of life and fly it as we will

Más vale atole con risas que chocolate con lágrimas | It’s better to have atole* with laughter than chocolate with tears (*Hot drink made of ground maize)

El muerto al pozo y el vivo al gozo | To the dead in the hole and to the living enjoyment

Matrimonio y mortaja del cielo bajan | Both marriage and shroud from heaven descend

Más vale un pájaro en mano que ver un ciento volar | A bird in hand is worth more than a hundred in flight

Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo | The devil knows more for being old than being the devil

No le pidas peras al olmo | Never ask for pears from an elm tree

El miedo no anda en burro | Fear never travels by donkey

El burro trabaja doble | A donkey works double the amount

Apenas están saliendo del cascarón y ya quieren poner huevos | They are barely done hatching and already want to lay eggs

Tanto peca el que mata a la vaca como el que le detiene la pata | It is just as sinful to kill the cow as it is to hold down the legs

Uno corre tras la liebre y el otro, sin correr, la alcanza | One person forever chases the hare and another catches it without seeming even to try

Arriba ya del caballo, hay que aguantar los reparos | Once mounted on a horse, one must face the consequences

La zorra nunca se ve su cola | The fox never sees its own tail

Lo que no mata, te hace más fuerte | What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger

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