Russian proverb of the week

Видна птица по полёту

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With accent marks:

Видна́ пти́ца по полёту.

Translation:

A bird is visible by its flight.

Meaning:

You can say anything about yourself, but only your actions will show your true value. A person is judged not by his words, but by his deeds.

The closest English equivalent is "A bird may be known by its song".

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