Costa Rican Proverbs

Sayings of Costa Rican origin

As there is Easter, so there are meager times.

The most beautiful laughter comes from the mouth of a mourner.

Còcciula made by three is neither a failure nor a success.

A mind can make a heaven out of hell, or a hell out of heaven.

The last to breathe is the first to drown.

Words have no bones, but can break bones.

At the end of many disasters, there’s always an Italian.

The doctor comes to the house where the sun can’t reach.

Even the king saves his money.

By firelight, an old rag looks like sturdy hemp fabric.

You’re correct, but the goat is mine.

He who sleeps cannot catch fish.

He who does not know how to plant will plant in November.

A fortune-teller would never be unhappy.

Envy shoots as others and wounds herself.

He who studies does not waste his time.

He who protects himself from cold also wards off heat.

To give in order to receive is not to give, but to beg.

He who has an ass, farts.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The woman makes the man.

If someone isn’t handsome by nature, it’s useless for them to wash over and over again.

He who puts off something will lose it.

He who lives fast goes straight to his death.

Every word has three definitions and three interpretations.

Company drags a man to the scaffold.

When you’ve been had, you go home.

He who has nothing will not eat.

Some die; others bloom.

He who bends over too far shows his rear end.

A thin cat and a fat woman are the shame of a household.

Hunger drives the wolf from its den.

Anyone who lives will know trying times.

All people have their friend and their enemy within themselves.

Reason is only verbal.

A curse turns around and strikes the one who uttered it in the face.

Once does not mean frequently, and twice does not mean constantly.

Some work, others merely daydream.

He who leads an immoral life dies an immoral death.

Beauty and folly are constant companions.

Theory dominates practice.

If you own two houses, it’s raining in one of them.

Costa Rican Proverbs

Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica , is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million.

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San José, and the nation’s largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation.

The primary language spoken in Costa Rica is Costa Rican Spanish. Some native languages are still spoken in indigenous reservations.

External link to Wikipedia page on Costa Rica for further reading.

“Himno Nacional de Costa Rica” is the national anthem of Costa Rica.

In the tenacious struggle of fruitful toil,
That which brings a glow to men’s faces,
Your sons, simple farm hands,
Gained eternal renown, esteem and honor.
Eternal renown, esteem and honor.
Hail, gentle homeland!
Hail, mother of love!
When anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory,
You will see your people, valiant and virile,
The rustic tool into a weapon transform.
Hail, O homeland! Your prodigal soil
Sweet shelter and sustenance gives us.
Under the unsullied blue of your sky,
May peace and labor ever live!.

External link to YouTube video with the National Anthem of Costa Rica

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