#RussianSaying: Feel at Home, but Don’t Forget You Are a Guest


Nicholas Roerich - Guests from Overseas, 1901.
Nicholas Roerich – Guests from Overseas, 1901. Oil on canvas, State Tretyakov Gallery.

Будьте как дома, но не забывайте, что в гостях

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#RussianProverb: Do Not Saw Off the Branch You Are Sitting On


Alkonost (lubok), the end of the 18th c - beginning of the 19th c.
Alkonost (lubok), the end of the 18th c – beginning of the 19th c.

Не пили сук, на котором сидишь

(ne pilí suk, na kotórom sidísh).

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#RussianProverb: Don’t Wake Likho (Bad Luck) Up while It’s Quiet


Melyuzina (Mermaid).
Melyuzina (Mermaid). [I didn’t find an old depiction of Likho, so I uploaded this one instead.]

Не буди лихо, пока оно тихо

(ne budí líkho, poká onó tíkho).

Literally:

don’t wake Likho* up while it’s quiet.

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