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Most important English sayings translated to Spanish

Most important English Sayings translated to Spanish I

Proverbios ingleses más importantes traducidos al español I

English and Spanish cultures share a collection of wise sayings called “proverbs” (or proverbios, in Spanish) that offer advice about how to live your life. Some of them translate almost literally while others change the words but not the meaning.

Here you have a list of some of the most popular proverbs in English and their Spanish equivalent. You are welcome to contribute with new translations in the comment box below. I hope you enjoy this!

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1. The pen is mightier than the sword (En) La pluma es más poderosa que la espada (Sp)

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2. When in Rome, do as the Romans (En) Donde fueres, haz lo que vieres (Sp)

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3.  Better late than never (En) Más vale tarde que nunca (Sp)

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4. Birds of a feather flock together (En) Dios los cría y ellos se juntan (Sp)

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5. A picture is worth a thousand words (En) Una imagen vale más que mil palabras (Sp)

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6. Never look a gift horse in the mouth (En) A caballo regalado, no le mires el dentado (Sp)

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7. It’s water under the bridge (En) Es agua pasada (Sp)

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8. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you (En) No muerdas la mano que te da de comer (Sp)

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9. All good things must come to an end (En) Todo lo bueno se acaba (Sp)

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10.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (En) La belleza está en los ojos que miran (Sp)

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11. Good things come to those who wait (En) A quién espera, todo le llega (Sp)

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12. Don’t put all eggs in one basket (En) No pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta (Sp)

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13. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch (En) No vender la piel del osos antes de matarlo (Sp)

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14. All is fair in love and war (En) En el amor y en la guerra todo se vale (Sp)

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15. Better the devil you know than the one you don’t (En) Más vale malo conocido que bueno por conocer (Sp)

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16. Don’t put the cart before the horse (En) No empezar la casa por el tejado (Sp)

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17. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again (En) El que la sigue, la consigue (Sp)

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18. A word to the wise is enough (En) A buen entendedor pocas palabras bastan (Sp)

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19. Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance. (En) Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo (Sp) · This is the closest equivalence I’ve been able to find.

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20. Time is money (En) El tiempo es oro (Sp)


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