Russian ProverbsRating Mail
The first swallow doesn't make the spring[to come].
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The first pancake is (always) a blob.
Note : English version: Things donít work the first time.
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The feather of falcon and the inside of a crow.
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The song is the same, and she again is the one who sings.
Meaning - I am sick of you saying the same thing [lying, complaining] again.
Note : English version: [He/she] is like a broken record.
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[One] can't break an axe with a whip.
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A soldier who doesn't dream of becoming a general is a bad one.
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A bad rumour flies on wings.
Note : English version: Bad news has wings.
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A bad ending for a bad beginning.
Note : English version: A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
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Poor dancer is impeded (even) by his own legs.
Note : English version: A poor workman blames his tools.
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Even the sword dousn't cut the head of the one who confesses.
Note : English version: A fault confessed is half redressed.
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If you start chasing two hares, you [will] catch none.
Note : English version: If you run after two hares, you will catch neither., Grasp all, lose all.
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The wolf spared the mare, left a tail and mane.
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One meets/greets [people] by their clothes, and says farewell by their mind.
Note : English version: Beauty may open the door, but only virtue enters.
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[You are/I am] caught like a rooster for pluming.
Meaning - (You are)(I am) in a really big trouble.
Note : English version: Caught red-handed.
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Don't try to get into hell ahead of [your] father.
Meaning - Don't ask for troubles.
Note : Let experienced people deal with potentially dangerous situations.
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By Sen'ka (Russian name, short of Semen) also the hat.
Meaning - One gets what he/she deserves.
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They don't swing fists when the fight is over.
Note : English version: Whatís done is done; Don't lock the stable door after the horse has bolted.
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If you rush things, you'll just make others laugh.
Note : English version: Hasty climbers have sudden falls; The more haste, the less speed.; Haste makes waste.
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Went to get wool, but returned sheared.
Meaning - If you plan to hurt others, be ready to be hurt yourself instead.
Note : English version: If planning revenge, dig two graves.
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Fix [your] cart in winter, and sled in summer.
Meaning - Make sure your assets are ready for use well before they're needed.
Note : Do not take things down for maintenance during the peak usage periods.
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Habit is a second nature.
Note : English version: Custom is a second nature.
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Not given words - Be of good courage, and gave the - hold on.
Meaning - Don't give promises you can't fulfil; once given, the word must be kept.
Note : English version: Don't make a promise you can't keep.
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Pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last.
Note : English version: The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last.
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In the times of czar Gorokh (Pisum), When czar Gorokh fought against mushrooms (czar from fairy tales)
Note : English version: Since Adam was a boy; Since time immemorial.
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Trouble is here, so open the gates.
Note : English version: Misfortunes never come alone.; Troubles come not in singles but in whole battalions (Shakespeare); When it rains it pours.
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Speak of the gray one (i.e. wolf), the gray one [heads] your way.
Note : English version: Speak of the devil, and he appears.
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Simplicity is worse than thievery(crime).
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A spooked crow is afraid of a bush (a carriage [wheel's] squeak/it's own shadow).
Note : English version: Once bitten, twice shy.
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An empty barrel rattles louder.
Meaning - Who does the least, brags the most.
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For a drunken one, a sea is knee-deep(, and a puddle ear-deep).
Meaning - Drunk people brag a lot, yet are capable of very little.
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The drunken will sleep it over, the fool - never.
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Work is unlike wolf; it won't run to the woods.
Meaning - No need to rush to work.
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Each time it is different.
Note : English version: You canít expect perfection every time.
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Once [you've] told a lie, [you] become a liar forever.
Note : English version: Once liar, always liar.
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To give birth to a hedgehog against the lie of its spines.
Meaning - To have a hard time.
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Hands wash each other [a thief covers another thief].
Note : English version: You scratch my back, Iíll scratch yours.
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Fish rots from the head.
Meaning - The highest ranks usually get corrupted first.
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Fish seek for a deep place, men seek for a better place.
Note : Modern mockery: Fish seek for a deep place, men seek for a fishing place.
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A fisherman can tell another fisherman from afar.
Note : English version: Birds of a feather flock together.
Mockery: A fool can tell another fool from afar.
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You cooked it, so eat it yourself.
Note : English version: You've made your bed, now lie in it.
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[You might] die yourself, but [you must] save the friend.
Meaning - Help your friends out at all costs.
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A pig will find mud (anywhere).
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To live with wolves, you have to howl like a wolf.
Note : English version: Who keeps company with the wolves, will learn to howl; You are like the company you keep; When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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You can't move faster than your shadow.
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[One's] own burden doesn't encumber.
Note : English version: A burden of one's own choice is not felt
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[One's] own shirt [is] closer to the body.
Meaning - One is much more likely to protect one's own property than anybody else's
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Holy place is never empty.
Note : English version: Nature abhors a vacuum; The throne is never vacant.
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Out of eyesight, out of heart.
Note : English version: Out of sight, out of mind.
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[When you] have done the job, [you may] take a walk boldly.
Note : English version: Business before pleasure; Work hard, play hard.
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Grey hair into beard, devil into rib.
Meaning - When a man gets elderly, he often becomes a womanizer.
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