#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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#RussianProverbs about Fish(ing)


Dmitry Dmitriev - Illustration to Konyok-Gorbunok (The Humpbacked Horse), 1976.
Dmitry Dmitriev – Illustration to Konyok-Gorbunok (The Humpbacked Horse), 1976.

Russian Proverbs about Fish & Fishing:

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#RussianSaying: a Tomtit in the Hands is Better than a Crane in the Sky


Ivan Bilibin - Ivan Tsarevich catching the Firebird's feather, 1899.
Ivan Bilibin – Ivan Tsarevich catching the Firebird’s feather, 1899.

Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе (lúchshe sinítsa v rukákh, chem zhurávl’ v nébe).

Literally: a tomtit in the hands is better than a crane in the sky.

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#RussianProverb: Written with Pitchfork on the Water


Written by Pitchfork on the Water

Вилами на воде писано (vilami na vode pisano).

Literally: written with pitchfork on the water.

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