These Mexican words of wisdom were found in Guy A. Zona’s book EYES THAT SEE DO NOT GROW OLD, a collection of proverbs from Mexico, Central and South America.

He who does not venture has no luck.

He who follows his own advice must take the consequences.

The clown is best in his own country, and the gentleman anywhere. 

A good man finds his native soil in every country.

Pay what you owe and you will know what you are worth. 

Each one knows with how many threads he sews.

He who doesn’t look ahead is left behind. 

The thief thinks that all men are thieves. 

He who is ignorant at home is ignorant abroad.

Everyone is the son of his own works.


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