EVERY language has its own expressions or sayings and Spanish is no exception. There are hundreds and hundreds of refranes, but here we’ve compiled a list of common and interesting Spanish sayings with their English equivalent.

Spanish Sayings

Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.

Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

Quien no tiene, perder no puede.

You can’t lose what you don’t have.

Del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho.

It’s one thing to say it, another to do it.

Perro que no camina, no encuentra hueso.

The dog that doesn’t walk, doesn’t find a bone.

Spanish phrases with perro dog

Más vale pájaro en mano que cien volando.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

Despacio voy, porque de prisa estoy.

I go slowly because I am in a hurry.

No hay mal que por bien no venga

Every cloud has a silver lining.

A quien madrúga, Dios le ayuda.

God helps those who help themselves. or The early bird catches the worm.

Si quieres el perro, acepta las pulgas.

If you want the dog, accept the fleas.

El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.

The devil knows more for being old than from being the devil.

No es más rico el que más tiene, sino el que menos necesita.

He is not richer who has the most, but who needs the least.

Más vale prevenir que curar.

Better safe than sorry.

Lo barato sale caro.

If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly.

Lo que en los libros no está, la vida te enseñará.

That which isn’t in books, life will teach you.

Querer es poder.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Cada uno lleva su cruz.

We each have our own cross to bear.


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