Russian proverb of the week

Долг платежом красен

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With accent marks:

Долг платежо́м кра́сен.

Translation:

The beauty of a debt is its payment

Meaning:

This proverb reminds us that we should always pay our debts back.

The word красен here comes from красный (red). In the old times, красный meant красивый.

The closest English equivalent is "One good turn deserves another".

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