A buen entendedor, pocas palabras bastan / A word is enough to the wise


You can use it in a good sense (to praise somebody’s intelligence) or in a negative one (to let show someone that another person does not want to understand what is talked about and not because he/she does not understand).

Intelligent people can take hints; they don’t need to have everything explained to them at great length.

It comes from Plautus’s sentence: “Intelligenti pauca”, which is to point out that who has a good understanding does not require lengthy explanations to understand something.

Other Proverbs

Hacia la Virgen de El Pilar comienza el tiempo a cambiar.
Nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena. / Better later than never.
Atar los perros con longanizas / To tie the dogs with sausages
Cuando fuiste martillo no tuviste clemencia, ahora que es yunque, ten paciencia.

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