This is a rough equivalent to the English saying though “in the quiet swamp, demons are found” is somewhat darker and may imply that the person being described has mental-health problems.
“When the woman gets out of the carriage, it is easier on the horse” is not really a complaint about a woman’s weight, but a remark that is meant to make people feel okay even after someone has left their company.
A group of people are celebrating a birthday. One of them decides that it is time to go home and leaves. The people left behind do not want to feel bad about the departing member of the company, so one of them says, “Baba svoza, kobyla lyegche.”
In a place that gives a special meaning to the word cold, Russians use “two boots are a pair” to describe two people who are compatible and close.
This saying literally means “like a cow on ice” and is equivalent to “a bull in a china shop.”
In Russia, there are a lot of land and a lot of grain and grass, so this saying “the scythe found a rock” refers to a common problem that makes you stop what you are doing.
The Russian version does not have a feather; instead it says that “the butt of an ax hit me in the head.”
“Chickens are counted in the fall” means that it is unwise to count the chicks when they hatch in the spring because you do not really know if they will make it to the fall, when they can be of some benefit to you.
This is not the same as “mind your own business” but “don’t bring your own set of rules into (someone else’s) monastery” has more of the spirit of “don’t rock the boat.” Many Russian sayings have religious references because of the important role of the Orthodox Church in Russia.
This saying literally means “take a little thread from the world and a naked man will have a shirt.” Russians have a great love of community and a belief that they can succeed together where alone they might fail.
“Don’t have 100 rubles, but have 100 friends” is much in the same vein as the previous saying. Friendship is very important to Russians, and they believe that if you have a lot of friends, you won’t want for anything. So if you need money and have friends, each would pitch in to help you get what you need.