Russian Proverbs and Sayings

This page continues the alphabetical list of Russian proverbs and sayings along with their English versions and literal translations.

А Б В Г Д Е Ё Ж З И Й К Л M Н О П Р С Т У Ф Х Ц Ч Ш Щ Ь Ы Ъ Э Ю Я

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- Л -
Ла́сковый телёнок двух ма́ток сосёт.
                                              
An affectionate calf sucks two mothers.
Лбом сте́нку не расшибёшь.
 Literal: You cannot break a wall with your forehead.
Лежа́чего не бьют.Don't strike a man when he is down.
 Literal: One shouldn't beat the one who fell.
Лес ру́бят -- ще́пки летя́т.You can't make an omelette without breaking an egg.
 Literal: When wood is chopped, woodchips will fly.
Лиха́ беда́ нача́ло.The first step is the hardest.
 Literal: The most difficult - to begin, then it will be easy.
Лицом красавица, а нравом только чёрту нравится.A woman has the form of an angel, the heart of a serpent, and the mind of an ass.
 Literal: She has a face of a beauty, but only hell likes her temper.
Ло́жка дёгтя по́ртит бо́чку мёда.A fly in the ointment; The rotten apple spoils the barrel.
 Literal: A spoonful of tar spoils a barrel of honey.
Лучше добрые соседи, чем далёкая родня.Better a good neighbor than a bad relative.
Лу́чше ме́ньше, да лу́чше.Too much of the thing is good for nothing.
 Literal: It's better less but better.
Лу́чше оди́н раз уви́деть, чем сто раз услы́шать.A picture is worth a thousand words.
 Literal: It's better to see once than to hear hundred times.
Лу́чше по́здно, чем никогда́.Better late than never.
 Literal: Better late than never.
Лу́чше сини́ца в рука́х, чем жура́вль в не́бе.A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
 Literal: A tomtit in your hand is better than a crane in the sky.
Лучше споткнуться, чем упасть.A stumble may prevent a fall.
 Literal: It's better to stumble than to fall.
Лу́чшее -- враг хоро́шего.The best is often times the enemy of the good.
 Literal: Best is the enemy of good.
Лю́бишь ката́ться, люби́ и са́ночки вози́ть.He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.; No pain, no gain.
 Literal: If you enjoy riding, you better enjoy pulling the sleigh.
Любо́вь зла́, полю́бишь и козла́.Love is blind.
 Literal: Love's evil, you'll love even a goat.
Любопы́тной Варва́ре на база́ре нос оторва́ли.Curiosity killed the cat.
 Literal: Nosy Barbara's nose was torn off at the market.


 Literal: Bedbug might be small, but definitely is stinky.
- М -
Мал клоп, да воню́ч.
                                              
Мастер на все руки.Jack of all trades.
Ме́жду двух огне́й.Between a rock and a hard place; Between the devil and the deep blue sea (two places).
 Literal: Between two fires.
Ме́жду мо́лотом и накова́льней.Between rock and hard place; Between devil and deep blue sea.
 Literal: Between hammer and anvil.
Мели́, Еме́ля -- твоя́ неде́ля.To talk a blue streak.
 Literal: Feel free to jabber, Emelya -- it's your week.
Ме́ньше зна́ешь -- кре́пче спишь.Ignorance is bliss; What you don't know, cannot hurt you.
 Literal: The less you know, the more soundly you sleep.
Мир да лад -- большой клад.
 Literal: Peace and harmony is great treasure
Мно́го бу́дешь знать, ско́ро соста́ришься.Too much knowledge makes the head bald.; Curiosity killed the cat.
 Literal: If you learn a lot, you'll age soon.
Мно́го шу́ма из ничего́.Much ado about nothing.
 Literal: Much noise from nothing.
Моё де́ло -- прокукаре́кать, а да́льше -- хоть не рассвета́й.
 Literal: My job is to scream, 'cock-a-doodle-doo'; from then on, it may not dawn.
Молоде́ц про́тив ове́ц, а про́тив молодца́ -- и сам овца́.Brave before a lamb, but a lamb before the brave.
 Literal: He is brave when fighting against sheep, and when fighting against a brave man he's a sheep himself.
Москва́ не сра́зу стро́илась.Rome wasn't built in a day.
 Literal: Moscow wasn't built at once.
Моя́ ха́та с кра́ю -- ничего́ не зна́ю.That is nothing to do with me.
 Literal: My house is at the end of the street; so I have no idea what's going on.
Муж да жена́ -- одна́ сатана́.Devil's wife is also a witch.
 Literal: Husband and wife are the same satan.
Мя́гко сте́лет, да жёстко спать.Iron fist in a velvet glove; Velvet paws hide sharp claws.
 Literal: He makes the bed soft, yet it's hard to sleep on.

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Index of Russian proverbs and sayings

  1. Russian proverbs and sayings: а-б
  2. Russian proverbs and sayings: в
  3. Russian proverbs and sayings: г
  4. Russian proverbs and sayings: д
  5. Russian proverbs and sayings: е-з
  6. Russian proverbs and sayings: и-к
  7. Russian proverbs and sayings: л-м
  8. Russian proverbs and sayings: н
  9. Russian proverbs and sayings: о
  10. Russian proverbs and sayings: п
  11. Russian proverbs and sayings: р-с
  12. Russian proverbs and sayings: т-у
  13. Russian proverbs and sayings: ф-х
  14. Russian proverbs and sayings: ц-ч
  15. Russian proverbs and sayings: ш-я

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