Japanese Proverbs


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There is nothing that cannot be achieved by firm imagination.

The fallen blossom never returns to the branch.

The more stupid the child the dearer it is.

The shop-boy in front of the temple-gate repeats the s–tra which he never learned.

The winds may fell the massive oak, but bamboo, bent even to the ground, will spring upright after the passage of the storm.

The feet are the gateway to 10,000 illnesses.

The mouth is the cause of calamity.

The Six Roads are right before your eyes.

The young monk before the gate can read sutra without studying them.

The flow of water and the future of human beings are uncertain.

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 a tree falls to its root.

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

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 future life is the all-important thing.

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.

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