Russian ProverbsRating Mail
If you cut [it], you won't get it back.
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The snail i going, [who knows when] it comes[here].
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If you can steal, be able to be responsible for it.
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A clever head but given to a fool.
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A clever speech (speaker) is pleasant to listen to.
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A smart person will not climb a mountain; A smart person will go around it.
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Clever person likes to learn, and the fool - to teach.
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Seven nannies make a kid not looked after.
Meaning - If too many people are working on the same project, everybody will expect that another one will do the actual job.
Note : English version: Many cooks spoil the broth.
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Moustache is respected and beard is worn even by goats.
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Complaisant fool harms worse than enemy.
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Truth speaks by the toddler's mouth; From the mouth of babes.
Note : English version: Children and fools tell the truth.
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Fear has large eyes.
Meaning - People tend to overestimate the danger when scared.
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The one who sinks grips even a straw.
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Morning is wiser than the evening.
Meaning - One should rather make important decisions in the morning (i.e. after getting some sleep/rest) than in the evening.
Note : English version: I need to sleep on it.
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Studying is light; not studying is darkness.
Note : English version: Knowledge is power.
Variations: Studying is light; there are many people who don't study. It's a play on the word which can mean "many" or "darkness."
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Teach[a child], until [it can] lay across a bench, when [it] will stretch it's whole length, you'll be unable to teach[it].
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Fedot, yet not the [right] one.
Meaning - You've mistaken him for somebody else.
Note : This is not genuine.
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The faraoh was proud, but drowned in the sea.
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Titmouse boasted to put sea on fire..
Meaning - Your plan doesn't hold water.
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The devil boasted to rule the whole world, but God didn't give him power even over the pig.
Meaning - Your plan doesn't hold water.
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Bragging is unlike mowing; it won't make your back ache.
Meaning - Bragging is one thing; doing the job is another.
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Bread is head of everything.
Note : English version: Bread is the staff of life.
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Bread doesn't go for belly, but belly goes for bread
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Eat bread and salt, cut the mother truth
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Rope is good when it's long; speech is good when it's short.
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Daughter Annuska is good, if(when) praised by her mother and granny.
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Masha is good, but she's not ours.
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Quality goods advertise themselves.
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That one is happy, whose Grandma tells fortunes.
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Naked, but right.
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[You may] call [me even] a pot, just don't put [me] into the oven.
Note : English version: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
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Although there's nothing to eat, life is fun.
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[You could] even hew sticks on (his) head.
Note : English version: He is so pig-headed; Stubborn as a mule.
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One wants to eat a fish, but doesn't want to get to water.
Note : English version: Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
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Horseradish isn't any sweeter than radish.
Meaning - The proposed alternative isn't any better.
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Christ endured and told us to.
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Bad peace is better than a good quarrel.
Note : English version: A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.
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Bad grass - away from the field.
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Bad news don't lie at rest.
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Nothing is worse than waiting or chasing.
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Church is close, but the road is slippery, pub is far, but the road is easy.
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One [should] count chicks in autumn.
Note : English version: Don't count your chicken before they hatched.
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Drinking tea is unlike chopping firewood.
Meaning - Don't compare apples to oranges.
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[It is] not [getting] easier by an hour.
Meaning - Things are changing from bad to worse.
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Man proposes and God disposes.
Note : English version: Man proposes, but God disposes.
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We are glad to have what we have.
Note : English version: Half a loaf is better then none.
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It doesn't matter what the kid plays with as long as [he] doesn't cry.
Note : Modern mockery: It doesn't matter what the kid plays with as long as [he] doesn't hang himself.
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The further into the woods, the more firewood [you'll encounter].
Meaning - The further you get into something, the greater gain you might expect (or the more obstacles you will encounter).
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You never can tell (as long as God is asleep).
Meaning - Unexpected or unlikely things may happen sometimes;
Note : I'm willing to take this risk, as I believe (hope) the outcome will be positive.
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What is to be, can't be avoided.
Meaning - Things that were meant to be, will happen no matter what.
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