Japanese Proverbs


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Time flies like an arrow.

To teach is also to learn.

Wake from death and return to life

When you're thirsty it's too late to think about digging a well.

You can know ten things by learning one.

Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.

To tell tales out of school.

Walls have ears, bottles have mouths.

Where even three persons come together, there is a world of pain.

You cannot catch a tiger cub unless you enter the tiger's den.

To be over-polite is to be rude.

To the eyes of gaki water is viewless.

Walls have ears, paper sliding doors have eyes.

Where three persons come together, there is the wisdom of Monj–.

You will lack nothing if you think privation is always with you.

To become an abbot one must begin as a novice.

To the partial eyes of a lover, pockmarks seem like dimples.

We are no more than candles burning in the wind.

While we consider when to begin, it becomes too late.

Youth easily grows old yet becomes learned with difficulty.

To die is easy, to live is hard.

To wait for luck is the same as waiting for death.

We learn little from victory, much from defeat.

Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.

To draw water into one's own rice field

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