Russian ProverbsRating Mail
Turkey was also thinking but ended up in the soup.
Meaning - What one thinks is not always right.
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Extinguish the spark before the [the house is on] fire, deflect the trouble before [its] strike.
Note : English version: Prevention is better than cure.
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It is wanted and repellent.
Meaning - You can't easily get the thing you desire.
Note : English version: The cat would eat fish and would not wet her feet.
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You can bend an alder-tree, if you do it gradually.
Note : English version: Little strokes fell great oaks.; Time conquers all.
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Even walls may have ears.
Meaning - Even if you believe that this place is sufficiently private, somebody may be snooping on us; You shouldn't have said that.
Note : English Version: The walls have ears. (this place is not private...)
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Look for wind in a field.
Meaning - What's lost cannot be found.
Note : English version: The wind cannot be caught in a net.
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Seek and you will find.
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[Just even] having [once] held a state goat's tail one can make a fur-coat.
Meaning - The official can make a lot of money by bribes.
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How [echo] is prompted, it will bounce back.
Meaning - Others will treat you the way you treat them.
Note : English version: Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
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As twice two is four.
Note : English version: As sure as eggs are eggs.
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Like two drops of water.
Note : English version: As alike as two peas in a pod.
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Spent as earned.
Note : English version: Easy come, easy go.
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Like priest, like church.
Note : English version: Like father, like son.
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A drop in the sea.
Note : English version: A drop in the ocean.
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One can't spoil porridge with butter.
Meaning - You canít spoil a good thing with another good thing.
Note : English version: Plenty is no plague.
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They use a wedge to knock out a wedge.
Note : English version: Fight fire with fire; One nail drives out another.
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When money talks, then truth stays silent.
Meaning - A bribed official doesn't care about the truth.
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If the claw is stuck, the whole bird is lost.
Meaning - Trouble begins with small mistakes.
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Beware of the goat from its front side, of the horse - from its back side, and the evil man - from any side.
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For some people war is war, for others - dear mother.
Meaning - Some people suffer of war; some people make a fortune off it.
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Those who are discontent to remain in one place will not earn much.
Note : English version: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
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One doesn't change horses at [river] crossing.
Note : English version: Don't change horses in midstream.
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A horse has four legs, but still stumbles.
Meaning - Even most experienced (or most capable) people make mistakes sometimes.
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A kopeck saves the rouble(, and the rouble guards your head).
Note : English version: Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
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You can't forbid living beautifully.
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Who wasn't [out] in the sea, didn't pray to God.
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He who gains the rank like a fox, will be a wolf in the rank.
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Who drinks till bottom, lives without mind.
Meaning - Drinking harms people.
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God gives to those who wake up early.
Note : English version: Early bird catches the worm.
Modern mockery: The one who wakes up early is sleepy the whole day.
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Who is brave eats two.
Note : English version: He who is tricky will get double the prize.
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Who reminds old [events,insults], will be deprived of his eye,(and who forgets it - of both).
Note : English version: Let sleeping dogs lie.
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Where [goes] a horse with [its] hoof, there [goes] a crayfish with [its] pincer.
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Strike while the iron is hot.
Meaning - Do things while it's the best time to to them.
Note : English version: Strike while the iron is hot; Make hay while the sun shines.
Modern mockery: Strike iron while Gorbachyov [is at power] encouraging people to use the opportunities opened by Perestroika, as it wasn't believed at the time that they will last.
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It makes chicken laugh.
Note : English version: It is enough to make a cat laugh.
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As chicken is not a bird, woman is not a human being.
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The chicken pecks one grain at a time, but it is sated.
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The affectionate calf sucks [udders of] two cows.
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You cannot break a wall with your forehead.
Meaning - Use the correct tool for the job.
Note : Don't deal with stubborn people.
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One shouldn't beat the one who fell.
Note : English version: Don't kick a man when he's down.
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Wherever you throw everywhere (all, everywhere) wedge.
Note : English version:Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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When wood is chopped, woodchips will fly.
Note : English version: You canít make an omelette without breaking an egg.
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Trouble is the beginning of disaster.
Meaning - Things tend to change from bad to worse.; Starting something is the hardest part.
Note : English version: When it rains it pours.
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A spoonful of tar spoils a barrel of honey.
Note : English version: A fly in the ointment; The rotten apple spoils the barrel.
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Best is the enemy of good.
Note : English version: The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good; If it's not broken, don't fix it
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It's better less/fewer but better.
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It's better to see once than hear a hundred times.
Note : English version: Seeing is believing; One look is worth a thousand words.
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[It's] better [to be] too aware than too unaware.
Meaning - It's better to be overcautious than undercautious.
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Better late than never.
Note : English version: Better late than never.
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A titmouse in the hand is better than a crane in the sky.
Note : English version: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
Mockery: A titmouse in the hand is better than a bedpan(Russian: "duck") under the bed.
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Love's evil, you'll love even a goat.
Note : English version: Love is blind.
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