Last modified on 19 January 2014, at 13:22

Ukrainian proverbs

Proverbs from all Ukrainian speaking parts of the world.

IEdit

  • If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings
    • Meaning: Mere formal signs of being an authority does not make one.
    • English equivalent: If the beard were all, the goat might preach.
    • Sawhney, Clifford (2004). The Book of Common and Uncommon Proverbs. Pustak Mahal. p. 135. ISBN 8122308546. 

ВEdit

  • В каламутній воді легко рибу ловити.
    • Translation: It is good fishing in streamy water.
    • English equivalent: It is good fishing in troubled waters.
    • Meaning: "In taking advantage of chaotic conditions one can easily serve one's own purposes."
    • Source for proverbs and meaning: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 391. ISBN 1-875943-44-7. 

ЯEdit

  • Яблуко від яблуньки не далеко.
    • Translation: An apple is never far from the apple tree.
    • English equivalent: The apple does not fall far from the tree.
    • Meaning: "Children observe daily and — in their behaviour — often follow the example of their parents."
    • Source for proverbs and meaning: Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. p. 259. ISBN 1-875943-44-7.