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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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Много будешь знать, скоро состаришься

Lit.: If you know too much you’ll get old too soon; curiosity killed the cat; no one likes a smart arse…

Либо пан, либо пропал

A feast or a famine
Man or a mouse?
Either win the horse or lose the saddle
Make or break
Do or die

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Предупреждение - тоже бережение

Forewarned is forearmed

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Хуже всякого слепого, кто не хочет видеть

None so blind as those who won’t see

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Кот из дома - мыши в пляс

Lit.: Cat out the house - the mice will dance

When the cat’s away, the mice will play

Не играй с огнем

If you play with fire you might just get burnt

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Сперва “аз” да “буки”, а потом науки

Walk before you can run / first things first

Не плюй в колодец, пригодится водицы напиться

Let every man praise the bridge he goes over / Actions can boomerang / Cast no dirt into the well that hath given you water / Don’t bite the hand that feeds you / a bird doesn’t **** in its own nest

Меньше говорить, меньше согрешить

Great talkers are great liars, he that talks much errs much

Пустой мех надувается от ветра, пустая голова - от чванства

He is so full of himself that he is quite empty. Lit.: An empty furskin inflates from the wind, an empty head - from conceit