Russian proverbs and sayings

Russian proverbs and sayings – is apt expression invented by the Russian people, as well as translations of many ancient written sources, and also borrowed from a variety of literary works, in a short form of expressing the wisdom and deep thought. Russian proverbs were composed centuries. They are simple people describe the important things for himself, noticing the finest details of any actions or events, may serve as an example of proverbs and sayings about friendship, about work, about the language.

The deep meaning of proverbs and sayings available to every inquisitive mind. To put simply, the meaning of proverbs or sayings – in possession of folk wisdom. Also, the meaning of proverbs and sayings can be called – teaching the younger generation, we can say the transfer of information in accessible form.

It is a good way to improve understanding of Russian culture and history through the Russian proverbs and sayings. You’ll find words of wisdom accumulated by the Russian people, and perhaps even become a better understanding of the Russian people. Below are the Russian proverbs and their meanings.

A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.(People can say many things, because talking is easy, but it is more important what person does than what he says he will do).

Any fish is good if it is on the hook. (The fisherman can make use of every kind of fish that he catches, large and small. One should make use of every opportunity that comes one’s way).

All is not gold that glitters. (A person or thing may not be as good, valuable as he or it first appears; appearances can be deceptive).

The appetite comes during a meal. (Desire or facility increases as an activity proceeds).

It is a bad workman that has a bad saw. (A careless or unskilled person blames his tools to excuse himself for bad work, while it is his own carelessness or lack of skill which is really to blame).

You needn’t be afraid of a barking dog, but you should be afraid of a silent dog. (People who often lose their temper and make many loud threats seldom carry them out. Dogs that bark most bite least).

Better a dove on the plate than a woodgrouse in the mating place. (It is better to accept something small than to reject it and hope to get more later on).

Better late than never. (It is better to do something late than never to do something at all).

You cannot pull a fish out of a pond without labour. (If you want to get something, you should immediately start working for it).

We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost. (We do not appreciate the value of a thing until we have lost it).

Curious Varvara’s nose was torn off. (A person who tries to find out too much about other people’s affairs is likely to suffer injury or harm; a warning to mind one’s own business).

Do not look at gift hourse’s mouth. (Never criticize or express displeasure when you receive a gift).

Eggs cannot teach a hen. (Do not give advice to someone who is more experienced than you).

God gives to those who get up early. (The person who gets up early to work will be successful).

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