Russian proverbs

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Russian language proverbs are words of wisdom created in Slavic languages by Slavic peoples. The proverbs originated from oral historyand ancient written texts dating as far back as the 12th Century. The Russian language is replete with many hundreds of proverbs(пословица [pɐˈslovʲɪtsə]) and sayings (поговоркa [pəɡɐˈvorkə]). The proverbs express a universal concept, have a moral lesson and provide an insight into many aspects of history, culture, and national character of the people who created them. By the 17th century, the proverbs were collected and documented. They were studied in the 19th century and 20th century. Vladimir Dal was a famous lexicographer of theRussian Empire whose collection was published in Russian language in the late 1800s as The Sayings and Bywords of the Russian People,featuring more than 30,000 entries. They continue to endure in modern literature and folklore.

Modern Slavic languages
Ethnographic map of the Slavic peoples prepared by Czech ethnographer Lubor Niederle showing territorial boundaries of Slavic languages in Eastern Europe in the mid 1920s

Origin of Russian language proverbs

Russian became a full-fledged literary language in the 18th century in Eastern Europe, when it finally displaced Church Slavonic language. Russian language proverbs were first collected and documented during the Russian Empire from the oral history of many different cultures and nationalities.

The Russian Empire included parts of:

 United States

Russian language

Under the unification of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1991, Russian languagecontinued to be the official and dominant language, displacing the languages of the fifteen Republics of the Soviet Union. Today, the Commonwealth of Independent States continues to use Russian language as their working language.


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