Traditional Mexican Sayings Popular Mexican Wisdom


 

Mexican proverbs or sayings are popularly known and repeated through generations. Here you will find some of the most used sayings, proverbios, with their english translation and meaning.  A wealth of Mexican wisdom.

Al mal tiempo, buena cara.
Put a good face to the bad times. Be positive.

A caballo regalado, no se le ven los dientes. 
You don’t check the teeth of a gifted horse. Be thankful for the gift, don’t look for defects.

A fuerza, ni los zapatos entran.
You can’t  force your shoes to fit.  You can’t force your way into anything.

Ahogado el niño, tapando el pozo.
After the child drowns they close the well.  It’s better to prevent or plan before tragedy happens.

Al mal paso, darle prisa.
During bad times hurry up to a solution.  Face your problems as soon as possible, good times will come soon.

Al mal tiempo, buena cara.
To bad times a good face. Put a good face to the bad times. Be positive.

A mí la muerte me pela los dientes.
Death peels my teeth! Which means “Death can’t do anything to me!”

Al que madruga Dios lo ayudo.
God helps he who rises early.  Early bird gets the worm.

Arrieros somos y en el camino andamos.
We are all mule drivers  in the fields.  We are all human beings making our way through life. Don’t criticize or judge others. We are all subject to problems and failings.

Aún no tienes alas y ya quieres volar.
You don’t have yet wings and already want to fly.  Wait, prepare yourself, be patient.

Barriga llena, corazón contento.
Full stomach, happy heart.

Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
The shrimp that falls asleep is swept away by the current. You snooze, you lose.


Aztec Maya Toltec: Sayings Popular Pre-Columbian Wisdom


Limpia tu mente y todo se limpiará. Limpia tu corazón y todo se limpiará. Aztec
Clean your mind & your heart and everything will be cleaned. 

No puedes poner maíz en una canasta con huecos. Maya
You can’t put corn in a basket with holes. 

Donde quiera que vayas, presentate con modestia y compostura, sin apresurar el paso, sin reírte de las personas que encuentres. Aztec
Wherever you go be modest and composed. Don’t rush and don’t laugh at anyone you meet. 

 

No estés mudo para con los pobres y atribulados, antes bien date prisa a consolarlos con buenas palabras. Aztec
Speak up for the poor and the troubled. Be prompt to comfort them with kind words.  

Búscate a ti mismo, por tus propios medios. No permitas que otros hagan tu camino por ti. Es tu senda, y sólo tuya.  Maya
Find yourself with your own means. Do not let anyone set your path. It’s your journey, only yours.  

 

Respeta todas las cosas que están sobre esta tierra, sean personas o plantas. Maya
Respect everything that is on this earth.  

 

Un ideal: hacer que algo hermoso que no existía exista por mi. Zapotec
Our ideal should be to create something beautiful that did not exist before us. 

 

 
Si no puedes hacer lo que quieres, trata de querer lo que haces.  Zapotec
If you can’t do what you like ,try loving what you do.
 
 
El mundo es tuyo pero tienes que ganartelo. Zapotec
The world is yours so long as you earn it.
 
 

 

 

Valentine’s Spanish Word List

Valentine’s  most popular Spanish words:

Amiga (o): Friend

Amistad: Friendship

Amor: Love

Amorcito: Sweetheart

Anillo de compromiso: Engagement ring

Argollas Matrimoniales: Wedding rings

Boda: Wedding

Cita: Date

Corazón: Heart

Cupido: Cupid

Día de San Valentin: Valentine’s Day

Día del Amor y la Amistad : Valentine’s Day

Declararse: Ask to go steady

Enamorado (a) : In love

Flores: Flowers

Luna de Miel: Honeymoon

Madrina: Maid of Honor

Matrimonio: Matrimony

Novia: Girlfriend or Bride

Novio: Boyfriend or Groom

Padrino: Best man

Pages or Page Boys: Pajes, Pajesitos

Ramo:Bouquet

Regalo:Gift

Romance: Romance

¡Adivina Adivinador! Day of the Dead Sayings

Hay más tiempo que vida

There is more time than life.

Hierba mala nunca muere.

Bad weed never dies.

Se me subió el muerto.

The deceased climbed on me!  Which means: “It really scared me!”

Ya ni en la paz de los sepulcros creo.

I don’t even believe in the peace of the tombs anymore.  “I don’t trust anyone”

Te asustas del muerto y te cobijas con la mortaja.

You’re afraid of the defunct but use his shroud to cover yourself!      It is used when someone is criticizing another one, but at the same time he takes advantage of him.

A mí la muerte me pela los dientes.

Death peels my teeth!  Which means “Death can’t do anything to me!”

Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere.

He who lives with hope dies happy.

Traditional Love Sayings Popular Mexican Wisdom

Mexican proverbs or sayings are popularly known and repeated through generations. Here you will find some of the most used love sayings, proverbios, with their english translation and meaning.  A wealth of Mexican knowledge.

 

Amor por cartas, son promesas falsas. 
Love through letters are false promises. Actions speak louder than words.

Amor viejo, ni te olvido ni te dejo..
An old love is never forgotten.

A fuerza, ni los zapatos entran.
You can’t  force your shoes to fit.  You can’t force lover

Barriga llena, corazón contento.
Full stomach, happy heart.

Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.
Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.

El amor entra por los ojos.
Love comes through the eyes.

El que se fue a la Villa perdió su silla.
He who left for the Villa lost his seat. Don’t expect love to be waiting if you leave.

Más vale dolor de brazo, pero no de corazón.
Better to brake an arm and not the heart  Heartache is the worst pain.

Obras son amores y no buenas razones.
Actions speak louder than words.

Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.
Eyes that can’t see, heart that doesn’t feel .  Out of sight  out of mind.

No hay caldo que no se enfríe.
No soup remains hot.

No hay mal que por bien no venga.
There’s no bad situation from which something good doesn’t come. A break up brings a opens the door to new love.

No hay muerto malo ni novia que no sea bonita.
No deceased person is evil and there are no ugly brides. All brides are beautiful.

Saber amar, es mucho saber.
To have loved is to have wisdom.

Un clavo saca otro clavo.
A nail pulls out another nail.  A new love replaces the hurt of a lost love.

Una cosa es el amor y el negocio es otra cosa.
Love and business should be handled separately.


Zapatero a tus zapatos.
The cobbler should stick to his last. Mind your own business.

 

Mexican Independence Sayings

¡Viva la independencia!, ¡Viva la América!, ¡Muera el mal gobierno!  Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

Long live our independence! Long live America! Death to the bad government! Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

 

Morir es nada cuando por la patria se muere. José María Morelos y Pavón.

Dying is nothing when for our mother country we die. Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon.

 

Tantos soldados para custodiar una pobre mujer, pero yo con mi sangre les formare un patrimonio a mis hijos.  Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez.

So many soldiers to guard a poor woman, but I, with my blood, will create a legacy for my children. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

 

La Patria es primero. Vicente Guerrero

The mother land comes first. Vicente Guerrero

 

La soberanía dimana inmediatamente del pueblo. José María Morelos y Pavón.

Sovereignty is derived directly from the people’s will. Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon Independence Hero

 

Cuando el pueblo salta sus barreras, casi ningún esfuerzo es bastante poderoso para detenerlo. Guadalupe Guerrero 

When the subjects overcome their limits, no effort is strong enough to stop them. Guadalupe Guerrero First President of Mexico