Japanese Proverbs


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Though you drink wine, do not be drunk by wine.

To kill an ox is an attempt to straighten its horns.

Trying to do two things at once will make you fail in both.

When the purse is light there is no vitality.

Women have no homes of their own in the Three States of Existence.

Though you speak of a beautiful woman, it is only one layer of skin.

To one who does not wander there is not enlightenment.

Unless an idiot dies, he won't be cured.

When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.

Work the fields on a fine day, study on a rainy day.

Thunderclap from a clear sky. (A bolt from the blue. A complete surprise.)

To save folk having no karma-relation would be difficult indeed!

Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs.

When you have completed 95 percent of your journey, you are only halfway there.

Worse than four hundred and four illnesses is the disease of poverty.

Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.

To spend time chitchatting or to waste time in the middle of a task.

Virtue is not knowing but doing.

When your companions get drunk and fight, Take up your hat, and wish them good night.

You are wise to climb Mt. Fuji, but a fool to do it twice.

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.

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