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Archive (2008 to 12 Feb. 2011):

Adages, aphorisms, apothegms, clichés, epigrams, epithets, gnomes, idioms, mantras, maxims, mottos, platitudes, proverbs, quips, saws, witticisms...

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Смелость города берёт

Lit.: Cities are captured by boldness. Fortune favours the bold; nothing ventured, nothing gained; a faint heart never won fair lady; fortune favours the bold…

Лучшее - враг хорошего

The best is the enemy of the good

Дуракам закон не писан

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Смерти бояться - на свете не жить

He that fears death lives not

Деньги не пахнуть

Lit.: Money doesn’t smell. Where there’s much there’s brass [money], etc.

Рука руку моет

Lit.: One hand washes another. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours…

Замахнулся – бей

If you’ve [already] raised your fist, [it’s too late for second thoughts so follow through and] hit [whatever/whomever you’re aiming at]

Собака лает, а караван идёт

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on; folks may talk, but it won’t change anything…

Глупа та птица, которой гнездо свое не мило

Every bird likes its own nest

Где кража, там и вор

Nothing is stolen without hands

От одного порченого яблока весь воз загнивает

A single spoiled apple causes the whole harvest to rot

С одного удара дуба не свалишь

An oak is not felled with one stroke


До свадьбы заживёт

Said to children who hurt themselves to soothe them, ‘it’ll heal before your wedding’; you’ll live; you’ll be right as rain in no time, etc.

За неимением гербовой пишут и на простой

Be thankful for what you’ve got; something’s better than nothing, etc.


И швец и жнец, и в дуду игрец

Head cook and dish-washer; multi-tasker; Jack of all trades…