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Tico Talk: Resilience

Resilience is felt in the language of a culture. Herein we have some phrases that will not only get you through but inspire you!

Spanish Phrases accompanied by their English translations

Nunca serás capaz de cruzar el océano hasta que pierdas de vista la costa.

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.


No existe gran talento sin gran voluntad.

There is no great talent without great will.


Con el tiempo todo se consigue.

In time, everything is acquired. But more accurately, this quotation tells us that patience is key to getting what you want in life.


Lo que no me mata, me alimenta.

What doesn’t kill me, nourishes me. Also a play on Nietzche’s famous saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” 


En la vida algunas veces se gana, otras veces se aprende.

In life sometimes you win, other times you learn.


Pequeños momentos, grandes recuerdos.

Small moments, great memories.


Sin locura, no existe la felicidad.

Without madness there is no happiness.


No se brilla sin obscuridad.

It does not shine without darkness.


Lo que es para ti siempre te encuentra.

What is for you always finds you.


Vale la pena luchar por lo que vale la pena tener.

What is worth having is worth fighting for.


Deja que tú fé sea más grande que tus miedos.

Let your faith be greater than your fears.


Sonríe que todos sepan que hoy eres mucho más fuerte que ayer.

Smile that everyone knows that today you are much stronger than yesterday.

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