Panamanian Proverbs

Sayings of Panamanian Origin

Though you possess prudence, old man, do not despise advice.

When the eyes see nothing, the heart feels nothing.

Half of an orange tastes just as sweet as a whole one.

Speak whenever you must, hush whenever you can.

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.

The wise man affirms little and doubt much.

The leafiest tree doesn’t always have the juiciest fruit.

If you want no disappointments, don’t indulge in illusions.

Whether the pitcher strike the stone or the stone the pitcher, the pitcher suffers.

If there was not bad taste, goods would not be sold.

Among the weak, the strongest is the one who doesn’t forget his weakness.

The Republic of Panama

Panamanian Proverbs

Panama is a country in Central America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. (Source)

Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country of Panama.[It has an urban population of 430,299, and its population totals 880,691 with 1,526,421 in its metropolitan area. The city is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.

Spanish is the official and dominant language. The Spanish spoken in Panama is known as Panamanian Spanish. About 93% of the population speak Spanish as their first language. Many citizens who hold jobs at international levels, or at business corporations, speak both English and Spanish. Native languages, such as Ngäbere, are spoken throughout the country, mostly in their native territories. Over 400,000 Panamanians keep their native languages and customs. Some new statistics show that as second language, English is spoken by 10%, French by 4% and Arabic by 1%.

“Himno Istmeño” is the title of the national anthem of Panama.


At last we reached victory
In the joyous field of the union;
With ardent fires of glory
A new nation is alight.

It is necessary to cover with a veil
The past times of Calvary and cross;
Let now the blue skies be adorned with
The splendid light of the concord.

Progress caresses your path.
To the rhythm of a sublime song,
You see both your seas roar at your feet
Giving you a path to your noble mission.

In your soil covered with flowers
To the kisses of the warm clouds of dust,
Warrior roars have ceased;
Only fraternal love reigns.

Ahead the shovel and pick,
At work without any more dilation,
and we will be as such at work and gala
of this fruitful world of Columbus.

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