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Кашу маслом не испортишь

= Never too much of a good thing. Plenty is no plague. # Too much butter won't spoil the porridge (or makes the porridge better)

Глумов. Я, кажется, в разговоре с ним пересолил немного. Ещё молод, увлекаюсь, увлекаюсь. Ну, да это не мешает, кашу маслом не испортишь. (А. Островский. На всякого мудреца довольно простоты)

Glumov. I possibly overdid my part a little in my talk with him. I am still young and am too easily carried away. It doesn't much matter, though, you won't spoil a pudding by adding a few more plums in it.

* - А что касается каши, которой будто бы маслом не испортишь, то я лично такой каши есть не буду да и тебе не советую. Да и вообще не всем пословицам, милый друг-человек, доверяйся. Народ-то их иной раз придумывал больше для утешения своего и от обиды, а не ради настоящей правды. (Л. Кассиль. Ранний восход)

"As for that popular saying about porridge not being spoilt with too much cream, I, for one, would keep off such porridge, and I advise you to do the same. Don't put too much faith in popular sayings. Often people have thought them up to comfort themselves and in defence of their short-comings, rather than to express truth."


The Conventional Designations and Signs:

1. Brackets in combination with different letter types in the Russian title units. For instance, Бабушка (Бабка, Старуха) (ещё) надвое сказала (гадала), where the words Бабушка надвое сказала are the saying in its basic form. The words (Бабка, Старуха) given in brackets, are the variants of the basic component Бабушка; the word (гадала) is the variant of the basic component сказала; the word (ещё) is an optional component of the saying.
2. Description (in English) of a proverb's/saying's meaning is given in italics, e.g.: Бабушка (Бабка, Старуха) (ещё) надвое сказала (гадала) Nobody knows whether it is so or not, whether it will happen or not.
3. = is put before an English monoequivalent e.g.: Аппетит приходит во время еды = Appetite (or The appetite) comes with (or in, while) eating.
4. ~ is put before an English analogue, e.g.: Близок (Близко) локоть, да не укусишь ~ There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip; or before an English antonym, e.g.: Скоро сказка сказывается, да не скоро дело делается (Contrast: ~ No sooner said than done).
5. ^ is put before a descriptive translation, in which components of an English proverb/saying or an English set-phrase is used, e.g.: Воду (в ступе) толочь - вода (и) будет ^ Beating the air is just beating the air. (The translation is made by way of using the English set-phrase "to beat the air".)
6. :: is put before such a descriptive translation as does not convey the image of the Russian proverb/saying, e.g.: Чем дальше в лес, тем больше дров:: Complications begin to set in.
7. # is put before such a descriptive translation as conveys, partially or in full, the image of the Russian proverb/saying, e.g.: Чем дальше в лес, тем больше дров # The farther into the forest, the thicker the trees. The deeper into the wood you go, the more timber seems to grow.
8. * (the asterisk) is put before those illustrations of the Russian proverb/saying's use where it has undergone an occasional change and/or participates in a stylistic device, e.g.: * Во-первых, как вам известно, вопреки пословице, брань на вороту виснет… (Ю. Герман. Я отвечаю за всё)
Firstly, because mud has a way of sticking, as you probably know…
9. Ср. is a sign of reference informing the reader that the site also contain number of similar Russian proverb/sayings, e.g.: Бабушка надвое сказала Ср. Это еще вилами по воде писано.



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