Peruvian Proverbs

Proverbial Wisdom from Peru

Sayings of Peruvian origin

Favor your own first, then others.

Fortune and olives are alike: sometimes a man has an abundance and other times not any.

Little by little one walks far.

Gold, when beaten, shines.

When the road is long, even slippers feel tight.

You go out for wool but come back shorn.

From the tree of silence hands the fruit of tranquility.

It is better to prevent than to cure.

Envy for a friend is like the taste of a sour pumpkin.

Never kill a brooding bird.

The child weeps for it’s good and the old man for his ill.

Love looks through spectacles that make copper look like gold, poverty like riches, and tears like pearls.

The continuous drip polishes the stone.

In life the son is scornful of the father, in business the father is of the son.

If I listen I have the advantage, if I speak others have it.

Only he who carries it knows how much the cross weighs.

Youth is intoxication without wine; old age, wine without intoxication.

You won’t catch trout without wetting your feet.

The sleeping lobster is carried away in the stream.

Lawyer for the rich, scourge of the poor.

Peruvian Proverbs

Peru [Wikipedia], officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is an extremely biodiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river.

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population of almost 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the third largest city in the Americas.

According to the Peruvian Constitution of 1993, Peru’s official languages are Spanish and Quechua, Aymara and other indigenous languages in areas where they predominate. Spanish is spoken by 84.1% of the population and Quechua by 13%, while other languages make up the remaining 2.9%.

The Peruvian National Anthem was adopted in 1821. [YouTube]

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