Japanese Proverbs


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Things will never be as you imagine, so you're better off not seeing them. / Reality can't compete with imagination.

To fall seven times, to rise eight times

Transactions in Hell also depend upon money.

What was a deep pool yesterday is but a shallows today.

With the fall of one leaf we know that autumn has come to the world.

This world is only a resting-place.

To gamble as the dice fall.

Trash accumulates in stagnant water.

When a bonsai stops growing, you know it's dead.

With the first glass a man drinks wine, with the second glass the wine drinks the wine, with the third glass the wine drinks the man.

Though the flame be put out, the wick remains.

To get a dumpling cake go to the dumpling cake maker.

True patience consists in bearing what is unbearable.

When I want to think, I sit. When I want to change, I act.

Without oars, you cannot cross in a boat.

Though we see the seven defects of others, we do not see our own ten defects.

To inlay ice; to paint upon water.

Truth often comes out of a joke.

When in Rome, do as the Romans.

Wives and pots and kettles are better when old.

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.

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