Russian Proverbs and Russian Idioms

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Russian Proverbs, Expressions, Idioms, and Sayings

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Strike while the iron is hot.

Abuse doesn’t hang on the collar.

Acknowledgement is half of correction

All ages are submissive to love.



All are not cooks who walk with long knives.

If you do not strike back at him who hits you, there is no way for him to find out whether you also have hands.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

if you don’t have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.

If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.

If you will not hear reason, she will surely rap your knuckles.

In a quarrel, leave room for reconciliation.



All lay loads on a willing horse.


russian proverbsAn egg is dear on Easter day.

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue.

An indispensable thing never has much value.

Any sandpiper is great in his own swamp.


You cannot break a wall with your forehead.

One shouldn’t beat the one who fell.

The sat one is not a friend of the hungry one.

A net will catch more than a pole.

A priest’s belly is made up of several sheepskins.

A proverb can’t be judged.



A wife is not a pot, she will not break so easily.

A word of kindness is better than a fat pie.

Absentmindedness is searching for the horse you are riding.

A loss is a gain for mind.

Every Paul has his own truth.

The agreement costs more then money.

Steep hills fatigued horse.

If you can steal, be able to be responsible for it.

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A smart person will not climb a mountain; A smart person will go around it.

A lonely person is at home everywhere.

A long pull and a strong pull and a pull altogether.

A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.



A mile walk with a friend has only one hundred steps.

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

Seven nannies make a kid not looked after.

Moustache is respected and beard is worn even by goats.

Complaisant fool harms worse than enemy.

Truth speaks by the toddler’s mouth

Fear has large eyes.

A drop hollows out a stone.

A fly cannot enter a closed mouth.

A good citizen owes his life to his country.

A guest has not to thank the host, but the host the guest.

A kind word is like a Spring day.


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Morning is wiser than the evening.

Studying is light; not studying is darkness.

Pharaoh was proud, but drowned in the sea.

The devil boasted to rule the whole world, but God didn’t give him power even over the pig.

Bragging is unlike mowing; it won’t make your back ache.

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.

russian idiomsRope is good when it’s long; speech is good when it’s short.

Daughter is good, when praised by her mother and granny.

Quality goods advertise themselves.

That one is happy, whose Grandma tells fortunes.

You may call a pot, just don’t put [me] into the oven.

One wants to eat a fish, but doesn’t want to get to water.

Horseradish isn’t any sweeter than radish.

He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne..

Hypocrites kick with their hind feet while licking with their tongues..

I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent..

If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt..



If the child does not cry, the mother knows not its wants..



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If the devil catch a man idle he’ll set him at work..

If the doctor cures, the sun sees it; but if he kills, the earth hides it..

Christ endured and told us to.

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Bad peace is better than a good quarrel.



Bad news don’t lie at rest.

Church is close, but the road is slippery, pub is far, but the road is easy.

One should count chicks in autumn.

Drinking tea is unlike chopping firewood.

Man proposes, but God disposes.

Gossip needs no carriage..

Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.



Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.

Mock not the fallen, for slippery is the road ahead of you.

Mocking is catching.

Not all who make love make marriages.

Not everyone who has a cowl on is a monk.

Not everything is a mermaid that dives into the water.

Having a good wife and rich cabbage soup, seek not other things..

Having given your word, be strong; not having done it, try not to promise..

He can cheat a fish of its skin. .

He need not search his pockets for words..

russian expressionsIt doesn’t matter what the kid plays with as long as he doesn’t cry.

The further into the woods, the more firewood you’ll encounter.

What is to be, can’t be avoided.

You cannot wash charcoal white.



Garlic and onions cure smany diseases.

What used to be – is now gone (and overgrown with grass.

Six of one, and half a dozen the other.

Glory lies still; abuse is running. .

Glowing coals sparkle oft..

God does not give to the cow that butts..

Another city town — another temper.

Why the racket, if there’s no fight?

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

Whatever a fool does, he does it wrong.

Whether you hit an owl with a stump, or a stump with an owl, it’s the owl who will suffer.

Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides. Fear the Greeks bearing gifts..

For him who does not believe in signs, there is no way to live in the world.For ill do well, Then fear not hell..



Give your children too much freedom and you lose your own.

What you plant, that you will harvest.

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One man’s medicine is other’s poison.

What fell off the cart, is as good as gone.

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What’s on sober’s mind, is on drunk’s tongue.

Every seed knows its time

Cat knows who’s meat it has eaten.

I can push others’ problem away with my hands, but can’t put my own mind to my own one.

Others’ cow could moo, but yours should better stay silent.

Eternal peace lasts only until the next war..

Even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in awhile..



Sew and cut, and you’ll never see idle hungry times.

Every peasant is proud of the pond in his village because from it he measures the sea. .

Every road has two directions.

You cannot hide an owl in a sack.

This story happened long ago, and isn’t true.

Cut down the tree that you are able to..

Deprive a mirror of its silver and even the czar won’t see his face..

Desert and reward seldom keep company..

Do not make an elephant out of a fly..

Do not make me kiss, and you will not make me sin..

Don’t put it in my ear, but in my hand..


russian sayingsDon’t put new wine into old bottles..

Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said..



These are just flowers; berries will come soon.

The apple falls not so far away from the apple-tree.

Berry by berry, a basket will be full.

My tongue is enemy mine(, speaks ahead of mind).

Eggs don’t teach a hen.

Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

I’m not me, and this horse isn’t mine

Ask a lot, but take what is offered..

Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer..

Beat your own and others will fear you..

Better a dove on the plate than a woodgrouse in the mating place..

Better a fair pair of heels than a halter..

Chickens are counted in autumn..

Confide a secret to a dumb man and he will speak..



Law is a flag and gold is the wind that makes it wave.

Laws are silent in time of war.



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Let everyone pick his own nose.

Long whiskers cannot take the place of brains.

Looking at a tree see its fruit; looking at a man see his deeds.

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