Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Japanese Proverbs


"All married women are not wives."

"All that glitters is not gold."

"An evil act runs a thousand miles."

"An excess of courtesy is discourtesy."

"All things are merely dreams."

"Although shrimps may dance around they do not leave the river."

"Although dying of thirst, I drink not the water of a stolen fountain."

"An accomplishment sticks to a person."

"Among beautiful women there are many fools."

"An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught."

"An ant hole may collapse an embankment."

"An attempt is sometimes easier than expected."

"At a distance enjoy the fragrance of flowers."

"Bad and good are intertwined like rope."

"Arbitration in a quarrel is a godsend."

"At ten years, a wonder child; at 15, a talented youth; at 20, a common man."

"An inch of virtue; a foot of demon."

"An iron club for a demon."

"Attempt is sometimes easier than expected."

"Art is the illusion of spontaneity."

"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth."

"Anticlimax, the beginning is like a dragons head, great and majestic and the ending is like a snakes tail, tiny and pathetic."

"Be the teacher of your heart: do not allow your heart to become your teacher."

"Bad news travel fast."

"Beat your wife on the wedding day, and your married life will be happy."

"Beginning is easy - Continuing is hard."

"Beaten with his own rod."

"Because there are fools, wise men look well."

"Better a stitch now than ten stitches later."

"Better than a feast elsewhere is a meal at home of tea and rice."

"Better go without medicine than call in an unskilled physician."

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."

"Big fish do not live in small ponds."

"Blind men are not afraid of snakes."

"Better to be a chicken's head than an ox's rump."

"Better to be a crystal and to be broken, than to be a tile upon the housetop."

"Big similarity, small difference ."

"Better to shave the heart than to shave the head."

"Borrowed garments do not fit well."

"By seeing one spot you know the entire leopard."

"Business and folding screens must be crooked to stand."

"Cause-and-effect is like a wheel."

"Cheerfulness is the very flower of health."

"Child of a frog is a frog. (Like father, like son.)"

"Children learn from their parents."

"Children observe daily and ? in their behavior ? often follow the example of their parents."

"Clay-Buddha's water-playing."

"Confused crabs miss their holes."

"Clouds over the moon, a storm over blossoms"

"Cloud-wrack to the moon; wind to flowers."