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If you enjoy riding, [you better] enjoy pulling the sleigh.
Note : English version: He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree; No pain, no gain; After dinner comes the reckoning.
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Nosy Barbara's nose was torn off at the market.
Note : English version: Curiosity killed the cat.
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Bedbug [might be] small, but [definitely is] stinky.
Meaning - Even if that guy looks innocent/vulnerable, you better don't fool around with him, as you likely won't enjoy the outcome.
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[When] a master(worker) is dumb, [his] knife is blunt.
Note : English version: A poor workman blames his tools.
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Mother's anger is like spring snow: a lot of it may fall, but it will melt away shortly.
Meaning - Mothers don't hold grudges against their kids.
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Between two fires.
Note : English version: Between rock and hard place; Between devil and deep blue sea.
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Between hammer and anvil.
Note : English version: Between rock and hard place; Between devil and deep blue sea.
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The less you know, the more soundly you sleep.
Note : English version: Ignorance is bliss; What you don't know, cannot hurt you.
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[Feel free to] jabber, Emelya, [it's] your week.
Meaning - Lie all you want, I'm not listening.
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Peace and harmony is great treasure.
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If you learn a lot, you'll age soon.
Meaning - It's none of your business.
Note : English version: Too much knowledge makes the head bald. None of your beeswax.
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Much noise from nothing.
Note : English version: Much ado about nothing.
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My job [is to scream] 'cock-a-doodle-doo; from then on, it may not dawn.
Meaning - I know I've done my job, and I don't care what you will do with its results next.
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[He is] brave [when fighting] against sheep, and [when fighting] against a brave man [he's] a sheep himself.
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Moscow wasn't built at once.
Note : English version: Rome wasn't built in a day.
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Moscow don't believe in tears.
Meaning - Never complain.
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My house is at the end of the street; so I have no idea what's going on.
Meaning - I haven't witnessed that,I'm minding my own business.
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Husband and wife are the same satan.
Meaning - Husband and wife often unite in their opinions, deeds, etc.
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On a fishing lull, even a crayfish is fish[, at the lack people even a lazybones is a human being].
Meaning - Maybe this is not the best choice, but it's our only option.
Note : English version: Something is better than nothing.
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Hope for God, but do not be reliant.
Note : English version: Trust in God, but lock your car.
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If you rely on God, you won't fail.
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On the belly there is silk, and in the belly, just a click.
Note : English version: All hat and no cattle.
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There are no friends in tastes and colours.
Note : English version: There's no accounting for taste.
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A thief's hat is burning.
Note : English version: A guilty mind betrays itself.
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You cannot please everybody.
Note : English version: He who pleased everybody died before he was born.
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For each wise man there are plenty of fools.
Note : English version: Homer sometimes nods.
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If you called yourself a milk-mushroom,get into the basket!
Meaning - If you make a claim, be ready to prove it; If you made a promise, do not take it back.
Note : English version: In for a penny, in for a pound, If you undertook some thing, do it (see it through); If the shoe fits, If you pledge, don't hedge.
Modern mockery: If you called yourself a basket, get ready to take in the milk-mushrooms.
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If your face [looks] skewed, don't blame the mirror.
Meaning - Don't blame others for your own faults.
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Prey runs into a trapper.
Note : English version: Speak of the devil, and he appears.
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The pike in the sea is there to make the crucian to stay alert.
Meaning - There are dangers, but don't complain about them, stay alert.
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Even vinegar is sweet when for freebie.
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Don't open your mouth [to eat] other people's bread.
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[You] can't throw a handkerchief over somebody's mouth.
Meaning - You may not silence what others say.
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In the foreign country you a glad [to see even] the crow from yours.
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[One] can't build [one's] happiness on others grief.
Meaning - Things obtained in an abusive way won't make you happy.
Note : Especially: Stolen boyfriend/girlfriend won't end up in a happy relationship.
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The scythe has hit a stone.
Note : English version: Diamond cut diamond, You have met your match.
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On the tongue [there's] honey, and on the heart [there's] ice.
Note : English version: A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
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[It's] not gods [who] make pots.
Meaning - All arificial objects in the world, no matter how minute or astonishing, were made by people, so do not get overexcited.
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Don't be afraid of the dog who barks, but be afraid of the one, who is silent and wags its tail.
Note : English version: It's the quiet ones you gotta watch.
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Don't wake up trouble while it sleeps quietly.
Note : English version: Donít trouble trouble till trouble troubles you; Let sleeping dogs lie.
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[I] would have had no luck, if not for misfortune.
Meaning - This particular misfortune in the end has led me to more gain than it made harm.
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The woman had no trouble, so she bought a piglet.
Note : English version: You've asked for trouble.
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Not every day is a Shrovetide, in time it will be a Lent.
Note : English version: Life's not all beer and skittles; Life's not all wine and roses; I never promised you a bed of roses.
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Not every glittering thing is gold.
Note : English version: Not all that glitters is gold.
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Don't say "hop", until you jumped over.
Note : English version: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
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Don't drive the horse with a whip, but drive the horse with a rouble.
Note : English version: Money makes the mare go.
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The wolf is beaten not for being grey, but for having eaten a sheep.
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Don't wade into a river without knowing a ford.
Meaning - Don't rush into something without throughly studying the matter first.
Note : English version: Wait for the cat to jump.
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Don't have a friend who always agrees with you, but have a friend who argues with you.
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Don't have a hundred rubles, but have a hundred friends.
Note : Modern mockery: Don't have a hundred roubles, but have two hundred roubles.
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