Japanese Proverbs


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One seeing is better than one hundred hearings.

People want to avoid the dew before they become wet.

Sake [in other words alcohol], reveals the true heart.

Stepping into a melon field, standing under a plum tree (, such behavior causes misunderstanding that you want to steal those fruits); implying that you must avoid actions which could be taken on a bad faith.

The body is tortured only by the demon of the heart.

Not-speaking is the flower (Silence is golden)

One sees the sky through a hollow reed.

Perseverance is better than defeat.

Scholars make poor rulers.

Stumbling seven times but recovering eight.

The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.

Obey the customs of the village you enter.

One stone, two birds

Perseverance is power.

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.

Summer heater winter fan. (Something which is out of season and therefore rendered useless.)

The country is in ruins, and there are still mountains and rivers.

Old men for consultation, young men for quarrels.

One thousand days to learn; ten thousand days to refine.

Perseverance is strength.

Serious disasters come from small causes.

Take a profit from your loss.

The cow drinks water and it turns to milk; the snake drinks water and it turns to poison.

Old times are old times, the present is present.

One who chases after two hares won't catch even one.

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