"Santo era Pedro y negó a su maestro" (Literally meaning Peter was a saint and he denied his teacher)
There are many sayings that have saints as the protagonists in Spanish. You already know the tradition…we took a look and this one particularly caught our attention. It means that even the most virtuous have done something questionable in their life.
An example of this is St Pedro (Peter), a future cornerstone of the Church and the most devoted disciple to Jesus.
According to the same gospel, Peter denied knowledge of his teacher (Jesus Christ) three times in order to save himself from the Romans. And if someone of his status can do something wrong...
Nowadays it is not a commonly used saying and we think we understand why this is: we do not know if it sounds like a warning or a curse.
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- "Ya que la casa se quema, calentémonos en ella"
- "The house of the soap-maker is a slippery place"
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