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#RussianSaying: Lie, but Don’t Overdo It!

Vasya Lozhkin - Svin-TV (literally: Pig-TV). Caption says: Coming up in the programme today: invisible rays, voices from space, electrohypnotists and other miracles.
Vasya Lozhkin – Svin-TV (literally: Pig-TV). Caption says: Coming up in the programme today: invisible rays, voices from space, electrohypnotists and other miracles.

Ври, да не завирайся

(vri, da ne zaviráisya).

Lie, but don’t overdo it.

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#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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#RussianSaying: Horseradish Is No Sweeter than Radish

Gely Korzhev - Dulcinea and the Knight, 1997-1998.
Gely Korzhev – Dulcinea and the Knight, 1997-1998.

Хрен редьки не слаще

(khren réd’ki ne slásche).

Translation:

horseradish is no sweeter than radish.

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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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#RussianSaying: Morning Is Wiser than Evening

Ivan Bilibin – Fairy Forest at Sunset, 1906.
Ivan Bilibin – Fairy Forest at Sunset, 1906.

Утро вечера мудренее

(útro véchera mudrenéye).

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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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