Why are proverbs from other countries always heaps more entertaining then your own? The best ones Aussies can come up with are things like ‘no shit, Sherlock,’ ‘better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick’ and ‘wouldn’t know if someone was up him with an armload of chairs’ (OK that last one is at least funny).
I found these beaut Russian proverbs on the Internet, and they just tickle me. I would like to commit all of them to memory so can replace them with actual speech:
….some speak volumes without saying much….
Eggs cannot teach a hen
A word of kindness is better than a fat pie
Absentmindedness is searching for the horse you are riding
Keep your ears wider and your mouth narrower
Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides
The toe of the star-gazer is often stubbed
The tongue always returns to the sore tooth
Trust in God but lock your doors
…some are reminiscent of ruddy-cheeked peasants, bitter gruel, Siberian prison camps and -40 degree winters…..
A wife is not a pot, she will not break so easily
Any sandpiper is great in his own swamp
Better a dove on the plate than a woodgrouse in the mating place
Curious Varvara’s nose was torn off
Deprive a mirror of its silver and even the czar won’t see his face
Even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in awhile.
If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself
One does not go to Tula with one’s own samovar
Peace lasts until the army comes, and the army lasts until peace comes
Having a good wife and rich cabbage soup, seek not other things
There will be trouble if the cobbler starts making pies
Vodka is the aunt of wine
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother
Tell God the truth, but give the judge money
…is my mother part-Russian I wonder?….
Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer
…these make me want to hum ‘Lara’s theme’ and drool longingly over old pictures of Omar Sharif….
All ages are submissive to love
Love and eggs are best when they are fresh
Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it
Making love doesn’t always lead to marriage
…yes, definitely part-Russian – this one could be the motto of my family….
Let everyone pick his own nose
…some of these should be printed on inspirational-style mugs, stickers, posters etc and placed around the office…
A fly cannot enter a closed mouth
He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne
Hypocrites kick with their hind feet while licking with their tongues
Smooth hands love the labor of others
Spending is quick, earning is slow
Still water undermines the bank
You cannot ride two horses with one arse
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
…these ones just make no sense at all…
Better a fair pair of heels than a halter
Do not make an elephant out of a fly
Not everything is a mermaid that dives into the water
Every road has two directions
To run away is not glorious, but very healthy
A priest’s belly is made up of several sheepskins
The fish always stinks from the head downwards
…and my personal favourite…
Rooster today, feather duster tomorrow