Proverbs, or sayings, are short sentences expressing a well-known truth, or a common fact familiar to experience. They cover many of the aspects of human life, and, as they refer mostly to everyday facts they are highly colloquial. Short and well constructed sentences, they are easily memorized. Proverbs of different countries often convey similar general ideas in an entirely different form.
This book is an attempt to group certain proverbs, or sayings, according to a possible similarity of ideas conveyed by them. These classified proverbs amount to over a thousand. They are given with Russian translations or, when possible, with Russian equivalents of a varying degree of adequacy.