Japanese Proverbs

  • A fog cannot be dispelled by a fan.
  • A good Jack makes a good Jill.
  • A good husband is healthy and absent.
  • A good sword is the one left in its scabbard.
  • A man in love mistakes a pimple for a dimple.
  • A mended lid to a cracked pan.
  • A merchants happiness hangs upon chance, winds, and waves.
  • A merry companion on the road is as good as a nag.
  • A pig used to dirt turns its nose up at rice.
  • A round egg can be made square according to how you cut it; words would be harsh according to how you speak them.
  • A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.
  • Adversity is the foundation of virtue.
  • Affinity is a mysterious thing, but it is spicy!
  • Afraid of his own shadow.
  • After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
  • All married women are not wives.
  • An accomplishment sticks to a person.
  • An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.
  • An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
  • Bad and good are intertwined like rope.
  • Beat your wife on the wedding day, and your married life will be happy.
  • Beaten with his own rod.
  • Better go without medicine than call in an unskilled physician.
  • Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.
  • Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
  • Deceiving a deceiver is no knavery.
  • Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
  • Even a sheet of paper has two sides.
  • Even a thief takes ten years to learn his trade.
  • Fall seven times, stand up eight.
  • Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
  • First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.
  • First things first.
  • Forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures on water.
  • Getting money is like digging with a needle. Spending it is like water soaking into the sand.
  • Had the pheasant not screamed, it wouldn't have been shot.
  • If a man be great, even his dog will wear a proud look.
  • If a man deceive me once, shame on him; if he deceive me twice, shame on me.
  • If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
  • If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master.
  • If my shirt knew my design, I'd burn it.
  • If neither animal nor vegetable you be, then mineral you are.
  • If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise.
  • If the father is a frog, the son will be a frog.
  • If you believe everything you read, better not read.
  • If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.
  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
  • It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief.
  • It is a blessing in disguise.
  • Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
  • Laughter cannot bring back what anger has driven away.
  • Laughter is the hiccup of a fool.
  • Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel-mine and coming out with empty hands.
  • Life's not all beer and skittles.
  • Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth.
  • Money grows on the tree of persistence.
  • Money has no smell.
  • My skirt with tears is always wet: I have forgotten to forget.
  • My son is my son till he gets him a wife, but my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life.
  • Never rely on the glory of the morning or the smiles of your mother-in-law.
  • Never trust the advice of a man in difficulty.
  • One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at their collars.
  • One kind word can warm three winter months.
  • One kindness is the price of another.
  • One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
  • One written word is worth a thousand pieces of gold.
  • Only lawyers and painters can turn white to black.
  • Silence surpasses speech.
  • Silent worms dig holes in the walls.
  • Sleeping people can't fall down.
  • The absent get further off every day.
  • The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
  • The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.
  • The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
  • The inarticulate speak longest.
  • The mouth is the door of evil.
  • The nail that sticks its head up is the one that gets hit.
  • The nail that sticks out is hammered down.
  • The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.
  • The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone.
  • The reverse side also has a reverse side.
  • The smaller the margin, the greater the turnover.
  • The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.
  • The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a man six feet high.
  • The tongue is more to be feared than the sword.
  • Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.
  • Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
  • Time tries a'.
  • To teach is also to learn.
  • To tell tales out of school.
  • To wait for luck is the same as waiting for death.
  • Transactions in Hell also depend upon money.
  • Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs.
  • Virtue is not knowing but doing.
  • Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.
  • Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.
  • Walls have ears, bottles have mouths.
  • Walls have ears, paper sliding doors have eyes.
  • We are no more than candles burning in the wind.
  • We learn little from victory, much from defeat.
  • We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
  • We've arrived, and to prove it we're here.
  • When the time comes, even a rat becomes a tiger.
  • When you're thirsty it's too late to think about digging a well.
  • When your companions get drunk and fight, Take up your hat, and wish them good night.
  • While we consider when to begin, it becomes too late.
  • Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.

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