Top 10 Russian «friendship» proverbs and sayings



One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Friendship is extremely important for every person because everyone needs communication and understanding. A friend is one with whom you spend your free time, share your thoughts and interests, who keeps your secrets, whom you trust and who is always ready to help. 

Here you’ll find the most popular Russian proverbs and sayings about friendship and it’s analogues in English  

  • дружба - friendship. 
  • друг - friend
  • подруга - friend (girl or woman) 
  • друзья - friends


1) Старый друг, дороже новых двух . Old friends and old wine are best.

2) Не имей 100 рублей, а имей 100 друзей.  It's good to have some friends both in heaven and hell.

3) Друг познается в беде. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

4) Дружба дружбой, а служба службой.  Friends are all right when they don't interfere with your career.

5) Дружба дружбой, а денежки врозь.  Lend your money and lose your friend.

6) Недруг поддакивает, а друг спорит. A friend's frown is better than a foe's smile.

7) Гусь свинье не товарищ. A goose is no playmate for a pig.

8) Скажи мне, кто твой друг, и я скажу, кто ты. A man is known by the company he keeps.

9)С кем поведешься, от того и наберешься.  If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.

10)  Приятелей много, да друга нет.  A friend to all is a friend to none.

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