Russian Proverbs

Clever person likes to learn,
and the fool to teach.

Russian proverb



Russian Proverbs

A spoonful of tar spoils a barrel of honey.

Russian proverb







Russian Proverbs

All cats are grey in the dark.

Russian Proverbs

One can't build one's happiness
on others' grief.

Russian Proverbs

In another persons' eye one can notice a mote, but in one's own cannot see a log.

Russian Proverbs

Everything genius is simple.



A bad peace is better than a good quarrel.

A beard doesn't make a philosopher.

A beaten one is worth two unbeaten ones.

A tomtit in your hand is better than a crane in the sky.

An old friend is better than two new ones.

As you treat people so they will treat you.

Courage takes cities.

Don't ask the old one, ask the experienced one.

Don't hack the branch you are sitting on.

Don't swing fists when the fight is over.

Economy is a good servant but a bad master.

Even a cat appreciates kind words.

Every sandpiper praises his own swamp.

For a drunken one, a sea is knee-deep.

For a mad dog, seven miles is not a long detour.

For every one with a plow there're seven with a spoon.

Friendship is friendship and service is service.

God gave, God took back.

God gives to those who wake up early.

God keeps those safe who keep themselves safe.

God sees the truth, but won't tell soon.

Habit is a second nature.

He makes the bed soft, yet it's hard to sleep on.

How well you live makes a difference, not how long.

If only the youth would know, if the old age would be able to.

If the claw is stuck, the whole bird is lost.

If you're afraid of wolves, don't go to the woods.

It is good to be visiting, but it is better at home.

It's better less but better.

It's better to see once than to hear hundred times.

It's the still waters that are inhabited by devils.

It will snap where it's the thinnest.

Listen more, talk less.

Live for a century learn for a century.

Long parting ceremonies cause unnecessary tears.

Morning is wiser than the evening.

No family has no ugly member.

No one should go to another monastery with one's own charter.

Patience and work will fray through anything.

Poor dancer is impeded by his own balls.

Poor people are crafty.

Poverty is in want of much, avarice of everything.

Pray to God, but hold on to your good mind.

Quality goods advertise themselves.

Revelry is jolly, hangover is heavy.

Ride slower you'll get further.  >>>

Speak, but do not slip.

Speak less if you want to look smarter.

Spoon is valuable by the dinner time.

The belly is full, but the eyes are hungry.

The bird is known by its flight.

The devil puts a spoonful of honey into others' wife.

The first pancake is always a blob.

The less you know, the better you sleep.

The scabby sheep spoils the whole flock.

The stingy one pays twice.

The tongue will bring the chatterer no good.

The work shows the workman.

Time is the best healer.

Together, it's cramped; apart, it's boring.

Trouble never comes alone.

Trust, but verify.

You cannot throw a word out of a song.

You get to really know your friend when trouble comes.

Water cuts through stone.

What was written by a pen, cannot be taken out with an axe.

When love whispers, the reason shuts up.

When you are at home, even the walls help you.

Where money speak, there the conscience is silent.

Without rest even a horse doesn't gallop.

Wouldn't it be a blessing in disguise.














Alexander Pushkin quotes, Love Ambassador

The illusion which exalts us
is dearer to us
than a host of low truths.






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