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    Idiomatic expressions of love and beauty

    What are the idiomatic expressions of love or beauty in Russian?
    They can be expressing passionate love, eternal love, and so on; or referring to the variety of beauty from a girl next door to a femme fatale.
    I'm looking forward to the romantic and poetic expressions.

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    What do you mean by "without mentioning love or beauty"? Can you give an example in English?
    Ты - свет моей души. Моё сердце поёт, когда ты рядом. - something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoax View Post
    What do you mean by "without mentioning love or beauty"? Can you give an example in English?
    Ты - свет моей души. Моё сердце поёт, когда ты рядом. - something like that?
    Sorry, I shouldn't have phrased like that; I will edit that phrase out.
    I was trying to say that the idioms can be indirect expressions of love or beauty .

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    passionate love
    Любовь - зла, полюбишь и козла!

    Meaning: Love is evil, you can occasionally fall in love with even a goat (that would be a good evil joke of fortune).
    Context: someone has fallen in love with someone who couldn't have ever be thought a good choice.
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    In some languages, the stars/oceans/mountains/gemstones/etc. are invoked when love is pledged, what's the Russian way of saying that?

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    Could you please provide an english example of what do you want to know in russian. I still don't understand the question. It will be much easier if we have an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medved View Post
    Любовь - зла, полюбишь и козла!
    Meaning: Love is evil, you can occasionally fall in love with even a goat.
    Козёл (literally, “goat”) also means something like “jerk”, “bastard”, “ass” when speaking about a person.
    Please correct my English

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    I went ahead and took 10 English idioms about love from here, then picked their equivalents in Russian.
    Look what I've got:

    A match made in heaven – two people who are extremely compatible and will have a great life together
    - Мы (вы, они...) созданы друг для друга
    - Сами небеса послали мне тебя

    To fall head over heels in love – to fall completely in love
    - Я в тебя влюбился без ума
    - Я в тебя безумно влюблён
    - Я тону в твоей любви (lit:I'm sinking in your love)

    To be smitten with someone – to be completely captivated by someone and feel immense joy
    - Я сражён наповал (fig: as if shot/stabbed dead by you)
    (Впервые увидев её, поручик был сражён наповал.)

    To be the apple of someone’s eye – to be loved and treasured by someone, normally a parent
    - Ты - свет в моём окне (also poet. свет души моей)

    To be a soul mate – to be someone who understands and accepts the other person completely
    - Мы с тобой - родственные души.

    To take one’s breath away – when you are so in love with that person that you find it difficult to breathe
    - Когда я тебя вижу, у меня аж дыхание захватывает, какая ты красивая. Не могу налюбоваться.

    To be someone’s one and only – to be unique to the other person
    - Ты - моя единственная любовь навеки!

    To have a crush on someone – an informal idiomatic expression that describes young romantic infatuation
    - Она в него влюблена по уши с тех пор, как они учились в университете.

    To fancy someone (British English) – to find someone very attractive
    It's actually not an idiom, just a verb. The Russian look-alike is: засматриваться на кого-то...

    To love someone with all of one’s heart and soul – to love someone completely
    Люблю тебя всем сердцем (всей душой). Looks like a direct translation, but these two are common bookish cliche here.

    Also, there are things like "безбрежный океан моей/твоей/его/её любви", "тонуть в чьей-то любви", "купаться в (лучах) чьей-то любви" etc, but they don't seem fixed expressions whatsoever. They're just occasional stuff that you can think up on your own without any limitations.

    Is that what you wanted?
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    Красота спасет мир - Достоевский
    Красота требует жертв
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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