Russian proverb of the week

Один в поле не воин

With accent marks:

Оди́н в по́ле не во́ин.


One in the field is not a warrior.


This proverb is used to emphasize that only acting together people represent a force that can overcome difficulties.

However, there is also an opposite proverb in Russian:

И один в поле воин.
Even one is a warrior in the field.

This means that there are situations when a lot depends on one person.

In European languages, there are similar proverbs that speak of the limited abilities of an individual. The closes equivalent in English: there is safety in numbers.

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