“A saying is a flower, a proverb is a berry”
Russian proverbs offer a wonderful insight into Russian culture, and are also fun to sprinkle into dialog in games of Mythic Russia. Indeed, at a few convention games (at Recess, Continuum and Furnace), I’ve given each player a few cards, each with a proverb, and handed out a hero point each time the player uses the proverb in an appropriate and witty way in play. This wouldn’t necessarily work in regular play as it leads to an abundance of hero points, but in a one-off it has the added value of encouraging players to then spend them on swashbuckling exploits and extraordinary deeds. You can find handy lists of some proverbs here and here.