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34 Inspirational Spanish Quotes About Life, Love and Everything in Between

Spanish quotes about life contain a lot of wisdom. Maybe it’s something about the Spanish language itself—so ancient, rich and influenced by diverse cultures and tongues.

Discovering Spanish quotes about life’s major issues—like life, death and romance—can refresh your worldview and provide a lot of new inspiration.

That’s why we compiled this post of the most thought-provoking and moving Spanish quotes.

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Spanish Quotes About Life

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1. La verdad adelgaza, pero no quiebra

Translation: The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks

By: Miguel de Cervantes

Cervantes is Spain’s greatest writer, so it’s a good idea to trust his bits of wisdom. This quote captures the universal nature of truth and its enduring legacy, even in the age of “fake news.”

2. La libertad está en ser dueños de nuestra vida

Translation: Freedom consists of owning your own life

By: Plato

Plato is a giant of philosophy, so you may want to heed these words carefully. Freedom is a lot of things, but unless you know your own life, you don’t have it.

3. La vida es corta. Vive apasionadamente y siente la felicidad  

Translation: Life is short. Live passionately and feel happiness

By: Unknown

We all know this is true, even if we don’t act like it all the time. Take this advice. Trust me. Life is short.

4. Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir

Translation: Just as I didn’t worry about being born, I’m not worried about dying

By: Federico García Lorca

Just like being born is part of life, so is death. Why would we be worried about the last if we weren’t about the first?

5. Errar es humano, pero más lo es culpar de ello a otros

Translation: To err is human, but even more so is to blame others for it

By: Baltazar Gracián

This quote demonstrates his insight into human nature—the impulse to blame others for our mistakes.

6. A los tontos no les dura el dinero

Translation: A fool and his money are soon parted

By: Unknown

This Spanish quote reminds us to be good stewards of our money and spend it wisely, and people who burn holes through their pockets are foolish.

7. A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar

Translation: Drink and eat, the world is going to end

By: Unknown

This saying is a reminder to enjoy life in the present because no one lives forever.

8. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy

Translation: Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today

By: Unknown

This quote is about productivity, using your time wisely, and a reminder that procrastination will only lead to stress!

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9. Enamórate de ti, de la vida y luego de quien tú quieras

Translation: Fall in love with yourself, with life and then with whoever you want

By: Frida Kahlo

If you don’t love yourself and your life, you’ll never find fulfillment in trying to love someone else.

10. Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar

Translation: Walker, there is no path, you make it as you walk

By: Antonio Machado

This quote means we have to make way on our own for the life we want to live.

11. Uno siempre vuelve a los lugares donde amó la vida

Translation: Everyone comes back to the places where they loved life

By: Unknown

Home is where the heart is, and it’s the same with people. You’re drawn back to those who make you feel best about life.

12. Si la vida te da limones… ¡pide sal y tequila!

Translation: If life is giving you lemons, ask for salt and tequila!

By: Unknown

This funny inspirational quote is from Mexico, where tequila is a helpful mood lifter. But hey: don’t take this one too seriously, just like you shouldn’t with life.

13. El que quiere interesar a los demás tiene que provocarlos

English translation: He who wants to interest others must provoke them

By: Salvador Dalí

No one became famous or remembered by doing things the traditional way and playing it safe.

14. Arriesga y haz que tu vida valga la pena  

Translation: Risk and make your life worthy

By: Unknown

You have to go to places and do things that make you feel uncomfortable to have a fulfilling life.

15. El hombre que se levanta es aún más grande que el que no ha caído

Translation: The man who stands up is greater than the one who hasn’t fallen

By: Concepción Arenal

People who fail but keep trying again are already more successful than those who never try.

16. No llores porque se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió

Translation: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

By: Gabriel García Márquez

We can choose to be sad that something is over, or we can be happy and grateful for the experience.

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17. El arte de vencer se aprende en las derrotas

Translation: The art of winning is learned through losses

By: Simón Bolívar

You have to take risks and experience loss to really know what winning is. 

18. El amor todo lo puede

Translation: Love conquers all

By: Unknown

We all know this saying for its universal message about the power of love. In Spanish, it sounds even more wise.

19. El tiempo todo lo cura  

Translation: Time heals all

By: Unknown

No matter what you face or what losses you experience, it gets just a little bit better each day.

20. Hay que sentir el pensamiento y pensar el sentimiento

Translation: You must feel your thought and think your feeling

By: Miguel de Unamuno

Carefully consider your own position and follow your true inner morality wherever it may take you.

21. Aprender a dudar es aprender a pensar

Translation: Learning to doubt is learning to think

By: Octavio Paz

Another quote from Octavio Paz, this quote tells us that doubting isn’t always bad. If you never doubt anything, are you really thinking for yourself?

22. Nunca tendré compasión por los que no supieron morir a tiempo

Translation: I will never have sympathy for those who do not die on time

By: Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (El Cid Campeador)

Morir a tiempo means “to die when you’re supposed to,” and in this case, “standing up for what you believe in.”

23. La vida es simple, pero insistimos en hacerla complicada  

Translation: Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated

By: Confucius

Slow down and take a deep breath—hardly anything is as severe as we think.

24. La lengua no tiene hueso, pero corta lo más grueso

Translation: The tongue doesn’t have a bone, but it cuts the thickest

By: Unknown

Words are extremely powerful, and what you say can cut deeper than any physical weapon, punch or blow.

Spanish Quotes About Relationships

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25. Enamorarse es crear una religión cuyo Dios es falible

Translation: Falling in love is creating a religion whose God is fallible

By: Jorge Luis Borges

If we put all our hope in one person, we’re guaranteed to be let down because no one is perfect.

26. Dime con quién andas y te diré quien eres

Translation: You are the company you keep

By: Unknown

Are all of your friends rich and successful? Well, then it’s much more likely that you will turn out this way, too. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

27. Hoy por ti, mañana por mí

Translation: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours

By: Unknown

This universal truth by an unknown speaker distills the nature of doing people favors and being generous: it goes both ways.

28. Por lo que tiene de fuego, suele apagarse el amor

Translation: Because of what it has of fire, love usually goes out

By: Tirso de Molina

Spain’s premiere dramatist Tirso de Molina knew that love is powerful stuff, and because of that, it sometimes doesn’t last long.

29. Tal vez sea verdad: que un corazón es lo que mueve el mundo

Translation: Perhaps it is true: it is a heart which moves the world

By: Dámaso Alonso

Meaningful world change starts with the right intentions and a big heart.

30. Amar es encontrar en la felicidad de otro la propia felicidad  

Translation: Love is finding someone else’s happiness your own

By: Unknown

This incredibly wise quote by an unattributed author perfectly explains how you need to love yourself in order to love someone else.

31. Amar no es mirarse el uno al otro, es mirar juntos en la misma dirección

Translation: Love is not to look at each other, it’s to look together in the same direction

By: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The partner we’ll love forever is someone we can journey through life with.

Spanish Quotes About History

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32. Cuando seas padre, comerás huevos

Translation: You’ll understand when you’re older

By: Unknown

Literally: “When you’re a father, you’ll eat eggs.” Time passes and wisdom increases seems to be the main message of this quote. It’s also what your mother tells you when you bug her about some important life issue.

33. La historia nunca dice adiós. Lo que dice siempre es un hasta luego  

Translation: History never says goodbye. It only says see you later

By: Unknown

This powerful quote by an unattributed author tells us that history repeats itself, no matter how much we feel we’ve evolved.

34. A lo hecho, pecho

Translation: What is done is done

By: Unknown

Literally: “To what’s done, chest.” Once something has been done, there’s no way back; nothing you can do but to puff your chest and face the new challenges that lie ahead. 


These 34 Spanish quotes are more than inspirational—they have the power to teach us meaningful lessons about life.

You can even find hundreds more by paying attention to Spanish media, from telenovelas to novels. Another good place to continue your Spanish quote explorations is FluentU—the language learning program lets you watch authentic Spanish videos with interactive subtitles, so you’ll have an easier time spotting idioms, quotes and colloquial expressions.

Just remember, it’s one thing to know Spanish quotes—now it’s time to live them!

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