Russian Proverbs and Sayings

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

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О вку́сах не спо́рят.
                                              
To each his own.
 Literal: Tastes are not argued. (from Latin "De gustibus non est disputandum")
Обе́щанного три го́да ждут.Jam tomorrow.
 Literal: They wait three years for what was promised.
Обже́гшись на молоке́, ду́ют на́ воду.Once bitten, twice shy.
 Literal: The one who got burned by hot milk, blows on water.
Овчи́нка вы́делки не сто́ит.The game isn't worth the candle.
 Literal: The lambskin is not worth the currying.
Оди́н в по́ле не во́ин.One can not conquer alone.
 Literal: Single man in a field is not a warrior.
Один раз соврёшь -- другой не поверят.Once lain, who will believe you?
Оди́н с со́шкой -- се́меро с ло́жкой.With the cultivator he is alone, but those who eat are many.
 Literal: For every one with a plow -- there're seven with a spoon.
Оди́н сын -- не сын, два сы́на -- по́лсына, три сы́на -- сын.
 Literal: One son is not a son, two sons are half a son, three sons are a son.
Одна́ голова́ -- хорошо́, а две -- луч́ше.Two heads are better than one.
 Literal: One head is good; two heads are better.
Одна женщина -- баба, две бабы -- базар, а три -- ярмарка.Three women and a goose make a marketplace.
Одна ласточка весны не делает.One swallow does not make a spring.
Он за словом в карман не лезет.He's not at a loss for a word.
Оре́шек не по зуба́м.A hard nut to crack
 Literal: The teeth are not match for the nut.
От во́лка бежа́л, да на медве́дя попа́л.Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
 Literal: I ran from the wolf but ran into a bear.
От добра́ добра́ не и́щут.Leave well enough alone; Enough is as good as a feast.
 Literal: Do not look for further good from good.
От любопы́тства ко́шка сдо́хла.Curiosity killed the cat.
 Literal: Cat died of curiosity.
От ма́ленькой и́скры большо́й пожа́р быва́ет.Little spark lights great fires.
 Literal: A little spark may cause a big fire.
От сумы́ и от тюрьмы́ не зарека́йся.Never say 'never'.
 Literal: Don't swear off of beggary and jail.
От трудо́в пра́ведных не наживёшь пала́т ка́менных.Honour and profit lie not in one sack.
 Literal: Honest work won't let you live on the stone palace.
Отолью́тся ко́шке мы́шкины слёзкиWhat goes around, comes around.
 Literal: Cat will eventually get a downpour of mice' tears
Охо́та пу́ще нево́ли.Desire is stronger than compulsion.
 Literal: Desire is worse then compulsion.

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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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