Many Russian proverbs are regional equivalents of others found in the English-speakingworld, but others would appear to have arisen uniquely from the Russian experience of hard-ship and servitude over the centuries.

Ask a lot, but take what is offered Better a bed of wood than a bier of gold.

Don’t praise your furnace when the house is cold.

Eat until you are half full; drink until you are half drunk.

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue Eternal peace lasts until the next war Eternity makes room for a salty cucumber.

Even in the ashes there will be a few sparks He who offers his back should not complain if it is beaten Honor goes to God; the priests get the bacon.

The horses of hope gallop, but the asses of experience go slowly If you don’t have a hundred roubles, make sure you have a hundred friend sIn.

Russia every day is of thirty hour sIn the lake of lies there are many dead fish.

No one is hanged who has money in his pocket One cannot make a fur coat from a thank-you.

Only chained bears dance.

Thanks to one small candle the whole of Moscow burns.

Vodka is the aunt of wineWho lives in exile finds that spring has no charm.

Who wants heat must endure the smoke You can’t sew buttons on your neighbor’s mouthY our body belongs to the Tsar, your soul to God, and your back to the squire
a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose


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