Japanese Proverbs


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Too many sailors drive the boat up the mountain.

We've arrived, and to prove it we're here.

With such a father there is such a child.

The fruit of a tree falls to its root.

The mouth is the door of evil.

The slug always leaves a trail to follow.

There are as many ways of making a living as seeds of grass.

The fruit of one's own deeds [in a previous state of existence].

The mouth is the front-gate of all misfortune.

The smaller the margin, the greater the turnover.

There are even bugs that eat knotweed. (There's no accounting for taste. To each his own.)

The future life is the all-important thing.

The mouth is the gate of evil.

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.

There are formalities between the closest of friends.

The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.

The nail that stands out will be hammered down.

The spirit of a three-year-old lasts a hundred years.

There are no national frontiers to learning.

The good calligrapher is not choosy about his writing brush.

The nail that sticks its head up is the one that gets hit.

The stake that sticks out gets hammered down.

There are some gods that abandon men - they are the gods that know men.

The day you decide to do it is your lucky day

The hasty hand will do things wrong.

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