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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIV: Russian—Scandinavian—Miscellaneous
 
Russian Proverbs
 
THE WORST brandy is better than water.  1
  The path to the law court is wide; the path away from it is narrow.  2
  Even when drowning, a man wants company.  3
  Cherish your wife as you would your salvation, and beat her as you would your coat.  4
  A bad peace is superior to a good quarrel.  5
  Spare the peasant your lash, but not his rubles.  6
  Poverty is not a sin, but it’s a great deal worse.  7
  In a storm, pray to the Lord and keep on rowing as hard as you can.  8
  A sparrow is small; still, it’s a bird.  9
  If your wife were a guitar, you could hang her up after playing.  10
  An old crow never croaks without reason.  11
  A dozen axes may be left together; two spindles must be kept apart.  12
  A dog is wiser than a woman, for it does not turn upon its master.  13
  To the badness in his wares the seller is blind.  14
  Good luck departs—like your hair; bad luck remains—like your nails.  15
 
 
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