Old Russian proverb say “Is better to have potato and lose than never have potato.”
Of course is silly. No Russian have potato in first place.
Russian try to cross river. Has dog, potatoes, and dead son’s body. Can only take two across river at one time. If leave dog with potatoes or corpse, dog eat them. Is very sad.
Also is not good boat
Two Russian look at clouds. One see potato. Other see impossible dream. Is same cloud.