Japanese Proverbs

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Let what is past flow away downstream.

Adversity is the foundation of virtue.

You can know ten things by learning one.

Ten men, ten minds.

When you're thirsty it's too late to think about digging a well.

Fall down seven times, get up eight.

When the character of a man is not clear to you,look at his friends.

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

One kind word can warm three winter months.

Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.

There are no national frontiers to learning.

Everyone makes mistakes. That's why there is an eraser on every pencil.

A round egg can be made square according to how you cut it; words would be harsh according to how you speak them.

If you wait, there will come nectar - like fair weather.

Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.

The reverse side also has a reverse side.

Proof rather than argument.

An ant hole may collapse an embankment.

Time flies like an arrow.

Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.


A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.
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