Spanish phrases with my coffee

18 Jun

When I visit Spanish cafes, many of the packets of sugar that accompany my coffee contain a phrase or saying. Here’s two that I saw recently…

“Cuando creíamos que teníamos todas las respuestas, de pronto, cambiaron todas las preguntas”.

This translates as…

“When we thought we had all the answers, suddenly, they changed all the questions”.

I prefer the observation made by my friend Jaime Gandiel

“When they finally had all the answers, they died”.


The 2nd phrase is attributed to Confucious…

Exigete mucho a ti mismo y espera poco de los demás. Así te ahorrarás disgustos.

Push yourself a lot of yourself and expect little of others. This will save you trouble.

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”



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