Russian ProverbsRating Mail
[One] can't wash the black dog all the way to whiteness.
Note : English version: The leopard cannot change his spots; You cannot wash charcoal white.
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Garlic and onions [cure] seven(many) diseases.
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What used to be - is [now] gone (and overgrown with grass).
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What's forehead, that on his forehead.
Meaning - It doesn't make a difference,You're dumb.
Note : English version: Six of one, and half a dozen the other.
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Another city(town) - another temper.
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Why the racket, [if] there's no fight?
Meaning - You're arguing way too loud for your discussion to be considered peaceful.
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What we own, we don't [safe]keep [properly]; when [we] lose [it], [we] cry.
Note : English version: We never know the value of water till the well is dry.
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What was written by a pen, cannot be taken out with an axe.
Meaning - What has been documented, cannot be changed [easily].
Note : Modern mockery: Written by axe cannot be taken out with pen, said by editors about poorly written articles.
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Whatever a fool does, he does it wrong.
Meaning - I shouldn't've trusted you with this work.
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Whether [you hit] an owl with a stump, or a stump with an owl, [it's] the owl [who] will suffer.
Meaning - No matter what way you choose, you won't benefit at the end.
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What [you] plant, that [you] will harvest.
Note : English version: You reap what you sow.
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What is good to Russian, is death for German(Chinese).
Note : English version: One man's medicine is other's poison.
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What fell off the cart, is [as good as] gone.
Meaning - If you have lost(left behind/forgotten) something, expect to never see it again.
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What's on sober's mind, is on drunk's tongue.
Meaning - Drunk people have poor self-control, often saying things they shouldn't have said.
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Cat knows who's meat [it] has eaten.
Note : English version: Guilt betrays itself.
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Other person's soul is [in] darkness.
Meaning - You can't know for sure what people think.
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[I can] push others' problem away with my hands, but can't put my [own] mind to my own one.
Meaning - All problems seem to be easy to solve, unless they're your own.
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Others' cow could moo, but yours should [better] stay silent.
Meaning - Look who's talking.
Note : English version: The pot calls kettle black.
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Sew and cut, and you'll never see idle(hungry) times.
Meaning - Often said in embarrasment when the client changes their requirements on the fly.
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[You] cannot hide an awl in a sack.
Meaning - Truth will always be discovered, sooner or later.
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This [story] happened long ago, and isn't true.
Meaning - An attempt to jokingly dismiss a reminder of an actual, but dishonorable or unpleasant event.
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These are just flowers; berries will come soon.
Meaning - This is not all folks; things will get much worse/better soon.
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The apple falls not so far away from the apple-tree.
Note : English version: Like father like son; The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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Berry by berry, a basket will be [full].
Meaning - Even complex tasks can be accomplished by making one small step at a time.
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[Your] tongue [can] get you [all the way] to Kiev.
Meaning - You can find your way (or learn anything) by asking people.
Note : Mockery: Speaking up [blaming the authorities] too much can get you [all the way] to Magadan.
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My tongue is enemy mine(, speaks ahead of mind).
Meaning - I shouldn't have said that.
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Eggs don't teach a hen.
Meaning - Do not give advice to somebody more experienced than you.
Note : English version: Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
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I'm not me, and [this] horse isn't mine(, and I'm not a cabman)
Meaning - I'm denying your accusations.
Note : Used in "O RLY" fashion: What you're telling me, contradicts obvious facts; You must be lying.
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