Russian Proverbs

You don’t get something for nothing.

You cannot break through a wall with your forehead.

Success and rest don’t sleep together.

Love cannot be compelled.

One good turn deserves another.

Love is evil, it will make you fall in love with a goat.

You cannot pull a fish out of a pond without effort.

Water does not run under a lying stone.

Take time to smell the roses.

Failure teaches you more than success.

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

Every road has two directions.

A diligent mouse can gnaw through a board.

Acknowledgement is half of correction.

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

Gossip needs no carriage.

The calmer you go, the further along you will be.

Happiness will come and find you on the stove.

A kind word is like a spring day.

There is no sorrow, where love and harmony are present.

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

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

Do not make an elephant out of a fly.

One does not wash one’s dirty linen in public.

Praise loudly, blame softly.

If you like to sled – you have to like to drag the sledge.

 Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

You reap what you sow.

Every seed knows its time.

Fortune and misfortune are next-door neighbors.

A small leak will sink a great ship.

Be patient Cossack, you will some day become an ataman.

Even an old woman can be mistaken.