Russian proverb of the week

Терпи, казак – атаманом станешь!

With accent marks:

Терпи́, каза́к – атама́ном ста́нешь!


Be patient, Cossack - you will become an ataman!


This expression is often used in a joking manner to encourage a person to patiently endure difficulties.

The expression itself is a catch phrase from the Gogol's novel "Taras Bulba". When the Cossack army surrounded the city of Dubno and a long siege began, one young Cossack got bored, and Taras said to him: "Be patient, Cossack - you will become an ataman!" Ataman is a Cossack leader.

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