Follow the wise few rather than the vulgar many.
Close to the Tsar, close to death.
Good luck makes its way in by elbowing.
Go early to the garden and the mill.
If the collective farm is wealthy, the farmer is happy.
The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
When you are at Rome, do as the Roman does.
The gentle lamb sucks any ewe as well as its mother; the surly lamb sucks neither its own nor another.
After all, every man is the son of a woman.