С милым рай и в шалаше
With accent marks:
С ми́лым рай и в шалаше́.
With a darling, even a hut is a paradise.
This phrase is used to say that love and happiness are more important than material well-being and comfort.
This phrase is considered to be a Russian proverb, however in fact, this is a line from a very popular in 18-19 centuries poem "Russian Song" by Russian poet of Tatar origin Nigmat Ibragimov (1778—1818):
Не ищи меня, богатый:
Ты не мил моей душе.
Что мне, что твои палаты?
С милым рай и в шалаше!
Don't look for me, rich guy:
You are not sweet to my soul.
What are your chambers for me?
With my darling I have a paradise in a hut!
Other Russian proverbs
You can't help grief with tears.
You can't command to the heart.
Water wears away a stone.
Everything has its time.
An old friend is better than two new ones.
Hurry to much and you will make people laugh.
When I eat I am deaf and mute.
Не руби сук, на котором сидишь
Do not chop the branch you sit on
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