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Are there any proverbs in the English-speaking world that are close in their meaning to the Russian proverb "стерпится - слюбится"?

Meaning of the proverb: if you do something unpleasant at first for a long enough period of time, you will actually end up liking it.

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    Sort of the opposite: 'familiarity breeds contempt'
    – Mitch
    May 19 '15 at 17:29
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There is no corresponding idiom in English, so popular and so synthetic. The meaning is: "стерпится, слюбится" =

"frequenting is liking", "you will like it(/her/him) when you get used to it". There are some sayings that convey roughly the same meaning, anyway:

  • do it first and you'll like it later;
  • liking comes of habit.

and referring to marriage:

  • marry first, and love will come afterwards;
  • marry first, and love will follow;
  • age/winter and wedlock tames man and beast;
  • a love comes with habit.
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    I like "liking comes of habit" and your translatiion of the proverb as "frequenting is liking" :)
    – user132181
    May 14 '15 at 6:19
  • @user132181, Yes, if it were a set phrase, known to the general public, like "seeing is believing", it would be the perfect translation.
    – user119052
    May 14 '15 at 6:24
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    Liking comes of habit is NOT a typical English idiom or saying. On Google it only has 14 results. And do it first and you'll like it later has only four results!
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 18 '15 at 7:03
  • And your last variant a love comes with habit garners only 11 results.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 18 '15 at 7:06
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    Mark, it's good to be explicit. I wasn't aware of these phrases before, and thought that maybe some people use them, but @Mari-LouA did actual research, confirming my doubts. If the OP already knew any of this, why would they ask?
    – Mitch
    May 19 '15 at 18:13
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An "acquired taste" conveys a similar meaning. Although it's most often used in the context of food and drink, it would be understood in other contexts.

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The following in bold type are idiomatic sayings that convey the sense of adapting to change over time and how that might, initially, be a struggle, but with perseverance and patience one may begin to even like the new situation.

  • You don't really get to choose, but you can grow to love1 someone over time.
  • For me, growing up in southeast London, it's so inconceivable that in my life I'd play this man and grow to love him.
  • For starters, it took me a while to get used to the idea 2 of a computerized test
  • People get used to the idea of doing something that yesterday was considered impossible.
  • I'm happy to report Marcus is adjusting well to life 3 as a college freshman.
  • Even for the most independent and sociable teenagers, adjusting to college life is tricky.
  • These hot Mexican dishes seem impossible at first. They take some getting used to, I agree. But it's worth it.
  • It takes some getting used to 4, but this color scheme is much easier on your eyes
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How about Fake it till you make it?

Essentially, pretend to be something until you are.

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