Russian ProverbsRating Mail
Seven [people] don't wait for one.
Meaning - If you severely hinder others, don't be surprised when you get left behind.
Note : English version: For one that is missing there's no spoiling a wedding.
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Seven troubles, one responce.
Note : English version: As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.
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Seven versts to heaven, and all the way through the forest.
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Measure seven times, cut once.
Note : English version: Measure twice, cut once.
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Seven axes lie together, and two distaves - apart
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Heart with pepper, soul with garlic.
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[You'll] learn [(in a bad way)] from those [you] hang out with.
Note : English version: Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas; You are what your friends are.
Modern mockery: You'll get drunk with those you hang out with.
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However [much]would the string wind, the end will be reached [anyway]
Meaning - Truth will always be discovered, sooner or later.
Note : English version: The pitcher goes often to the well, but is broken at last; It will catch up with you in the end.
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However [much, well] you feed the wolf, he still looks at the woods.
Note : Mockery: However much you feed the wolf, he still eats and eats.
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The tale is told quickly, but the job is done slowly.
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The stingy one pays twice.
Note : English version: If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly., Cheap and nasty, expensive and tasty.
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The tambourines are good when they are behind mountains, and when they come to us, they become just like a basket.
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[Spoken] word is not a sparrow: [once it] flies out, [you] can't catch it.
Meaning - What has been said, cannot be taken back.
Note : Mockery: Word is not a sparrow: if they catch you [saying it], you'll be fired.
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Word is silver, silence is gold.
Note : English version: Talk is cheap, silence is golden.
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The rumour fills the Earth.
Note : English version: News spreads like wildfire; News flies fast.
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[You] heard the ring, but don't know where.
Meaning - News you told are mixed up.
Note : English version: You told it through your hat.
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Bravity takes cities.
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Thread off the world, shirt for naked.
Meaning - If many people will donate even a little bit each, it will make a huge difference for the recipient.
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The nightingale can't be fed by fables.
Note : English version: Fine words butter no parsnips.
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After taking off the head one doesn't(shouldn't) bewail the hair.
Note : English version: What's done is done.
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From a scabby sheep, [it's better to get] at least a flock of wool [than nothing at all].
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Don't fight with the strong one, don't sue the rich one.
Meaning - Don't do something that anyone can see will fail.
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A dog on the hay: will neither eat it himself, nor let others eat [it].
Note : English version: A dog in the manger.
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A magpie brought it on its tail.
Note : English version: A little bird told me.
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Old age is no fun.
Note : English version: An old ape has an old eye; Old age, boy, is no joy.
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An old friend is better than two new ones.
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The old horse won't spoil the furrow, but won't make a new one either.
Note : English version: An old ox makes a straight furrow.
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[One] can't cheat sparrow, who had been shot at once, with chaff.
Meaning - [You're trying to cheat me, but] I'm not buying it.
Note : English version: Old birds are not caught with chaff.
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You can't escape your fated one [even] with a horse.
Meaning - You can't change your fate.
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The sat one doesn't understand the hungry one: for one the soup is too thin, for the other, the pearls are too small.
Note : English version: He that is warm thinks all so.
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The sat one is not a friend of the hungry one.
Meaning - Two people don't understand each other because of their differences.
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The same song, but with a new melody.
Note : English version: Same meat, different gravy.
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Wolf from Tambov is your buddy.
Meaning - You might want to befriend me, but I don't; I despise you.
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It is good, there where we are not.
Note : English version: On the other side grass is greener.
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[I'd like to] drink honey with your lips.
Meaning - The way you describe it, this story/plan/thing sounds too good to be true.
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Patience and work will fray through anything.
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Put up wit it, cossack, and you'll be an ataman.
Meaning - On the way to your goal, sometimes you have to suffer.
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Ride slower, [you'll] get further.
Meaning - You will accomplish more if you do things methodically; Don't rush things.
Note : English version: Slow and steady wins the race.
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Sometimes it's dense, sometimes it's empty, sometimes there's nothing.
Meaning - Life isn't uniform.
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Only a chicken rakes [stuff] away from itself.
Meaning - People are wary of giving their belongings away, Also sometimes said as an excuse for taking a seemingly unattended item.
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While [he] had been sinking, [he] promised [me] an axe [if I save him], but when pulled [ashore], [he] gruged even an axe handle.
Meaning - He's not standing up to his promises.
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Job feeds the man, and laziness spoils him.
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You get on business, but he [keeps telling you] about white goat.
Meaning - Stop beating the bushes around.
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Don't be afraid of me, [my] job, i'm not going to touch you.
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A loss is a gain for mind.
Meaning - Experience is worth it.
Note : English version: Winning is earning, losing is learning., Sadder but wiser.
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Woman's hair is long, and mind is short.
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Every Paul has his own truth.
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The agreement(contract) costs more then money.
Meaning - You must keep your word, even if doing so costs you money.
Note : English version: A bargain is a bargain.
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For angry Nataly all the people are rascals.
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Steep hills fatigued Sivka (ash-grey horse).
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