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    Looking for a famous Russian Proverb

    I am looking for a famous Russian Proverb in its original text/translation:

    I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent.

    If anyone knows any other cool proverbs, please share them with me!
    Thank you for helping!

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    One of my favourites is:
    Мать дитя любит, и волк овцу любит.

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    Re: Looking for a famous Russian Proverb

    Quote Originally Posted by shalacey
    I am looking for a famous Russian Proverb in its original text/translation:

    I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent.
    This page says it's an Oriental saying.
    Another one credits it to Bruno Jasienski.
    And this - to Richard Eberhart.
    Choose one

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    I dont know Russian, so I can't discern any of those websites.
    Can you send me the highlighted translation out of the website?
    And Старик: what does your quote mean?
    Thank you guys for helping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shalacey
    And Старик: what does your quote mean?
    Thank you guys for helping!
    The mother loves the child and the wolf loves the sheep.

    I like this proverb because it shows in the shortest possible form two quite different aspects of love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Старик
    Мать дитя любит, и волк овцу любит.
    Never heard of this one. It's something ancient.

    And I'm afraid the shalacey proverb is not Russian...

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