Saturday, March 29, 2014


We are bound to be honest, but not to be rich.

There are lees to every wine.

Every man has his faults.

The hunchback does not see his own hump, but sees his companion's.

Faults are thick where love is thin.

Meanness is the parent of insolence.

Virtue is to herself the best reward.

There is no virtue that poverty destroyeth not.

Though modesty be a virtue, blashfulness is a vice.

Summer, good-bye...

I will be thy friend, but not thy vice's friend.

There is one good wife in the country and every man thinks he hath her.

A cheerful wife is the joy of life.


A good face is a letter of recommendation.

He that helps the evil hurts the good.

A diamond daughter turns to glass as a wife.


All are good lasses, but whence come the bad wives ?

Choose thy friends like the books: few but choice.

A poor man wants some things;
A covetous man, all things.

Чтение в саду летом

Gratitude is the least of virtues; ingratitude the worst of vices.

Eaten bread is soon forgotten.

Better a good expectation than a mean possession.


He that will be rich before night may be hanged before noon.

A thread will tie an honest man better than a rope a rogue.

Bribery and theft are first cousins.


Truth is the daughter of time.

It is truth that makes a man angry.

A liar is not believed, when he speaks the truth.


A lie travels round the world, while truth is putting on her boots.

The second vice is lying; the first is running into debt.

A clean glove often hides a dirty hand.

Дачные цветы

A honest man's word is as good as his bond.

Do not poke your neb into other folk's porridge.

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

Клубника с молоком

When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.

Leave a  welcome behind you.

A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman's birthday and forgets her age.


Handsome is that handsome does.

A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.

Politeness is to do and to say
The kindest things in the kindest way.

ночное чаепитие

If you do what you should not, you must hear what you would not.

No offence taken where none is meant.

He that has no shame has no conscience.

Старый альбом

Delays have dangerous ends.

Better to bend than to break.

If we can't as we would, we must do as we can.

Летний натюрморт

If you cannot have the best, make the best of what you have.

Abondance engendre arrogance.

He that is full of himself is very empty.

Абхазский кувшин

Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.

A boaster and a liar are near akin.

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice.

Тюльпаны с ирисами

Where there's a will there's a way.

If you want a thing done, go; if not, send.

The only cure for grief is action.

Весенее чаепитие

He that can stay obtains.

Industry is fortune's right hand and frugality her left.

Learn to labor and to wait.

Малина с молоком

A fat belly, a lean brain.

Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.

Fear is the offspring of ignorance.


Caution is the parent of safety.

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

Though thy enemy be a mouse, yet watch him like a lion.

Весенний чай

Fly the pleasure that bites tomorrow.

Velvet paws hide sharp claws.

Keep cool: it will be all one in a hundred years.


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