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 […]