Portuguese Proverbs

“The lie has short legs.”

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“One bird in the hand is more worthy than two flying birds.”

“As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.”

“Those who play with fire will get burnt.”

“A golden bit does not make the horse any better.”

“Faint heart never won fair lady.”

“He who sees the face does not see the heart.”

“Those who do not risk, do not benefit.”

“Here it is done, here it is paid.”

“Each monkey to its own branch.”

“To a good listener, half a word is enough”

“Charity begins at home.”

“Experience is the mother of wisdom.”

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

“Hunger is the best seasoning.”

“Our union makes us stronger.”

“Passed waters can’t move the mills.”

“An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.”

“The one who left, lost his place.”

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is a king.”

“In a quarrel between a husband and his wife, keep away.”

“Love is friendship set on fire.”

“The one who kneeled, must pray.”

“Necessity makes the frog jump.”

“In a closed mouth the flies can’t come in.”

“It’s like exchanging six for half a dozen.”

“Hope is the last one to die.”

“To throw shit on the fan.”

“Settle for a little, to settle for less.”

“You reap what you sow.”

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

“To be like arse and trousers.”

“Half rock, half brick.”

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

“Make an error is human, keep doing it is foolishness.”

“Too much alms, the saint will be suspicious.”

“If you have a lemon, make lemonade out of it.”

“Children raised, doubled work.”

“Some bad things come for good.”

“Never say: “Of this water I will never drink.”

“The thief who steals another one is forgiven for 100 years.”

“Old monkeys don’t put their hand in jars.”

“Much laugher, short wisdom.”

“Don’t cry over spilt milk.”

“It’s not worth undressing a saint to dress another one.”

“Don’t put the cart before the oxen.”

“The cheapest things are the most expensive ones.”

“The worst blind is the one who doesn’t want to see.”

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