Today is Saturday, so it is time for some Mexican culture and humor.  On the weekends, I like to give an insight into the lighter side of life here.  So today some Mexican proverbs to live your life by.

mazatlan view

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


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina


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