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  One may study calligraphy at eighty.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A short temper is a disadvantage.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Keep a dog for three days and he will not forget your kindness, but three years kindness shown to a cat is forgotten in three days.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  One word let slip and four horses would fail to catch it.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who sees righteousness and does not do it is not brave.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A warrior deems life a light thing when compared to honor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Love lives in palaces as well as in thatched cottages.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One kind word can warm three winter months.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Look at the manners of others and mend your manners.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even between parents and children money matters make strangers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Self-preservation is the first law of nature.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  True patience consists in bearing what is unbearable.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Suitable ability in the suitable place.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A short temper is a disadvantage.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Affinity is a mysterious thing, but it is spicy!  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Among beautiful women there are many fools.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Accomplishments will save a person.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  An accomplishment sticks to a person.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One must put on a brave display even in adversity.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  A man's heart is as changeable as the skies in autumn.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Borrowed garments do not fit well.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Even among intimate friends there should be courtesy.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A little learning is a dangerous thing.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even the devil sometimes breaks his horns.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Though you drink wine, do not be drunk by wine.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even though you become the enemy of a good man, don't become the friend of a bad man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Repay your enemy with a favor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Blind men are not afraid of snakes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The starving dog fears not the stick.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A padded jacket is an acceptable gift even in summer.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There are some gods that abandon men - they are the gods that know men.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  All that glitters is not gold.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The mouth is the cause of calamity.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Test a horse by riding him and a person by accompanying him.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One word let slip and four horses would fail to catch it.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A fine horse runs on by observing the shadows of the whip.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  An old horse does not forget the path.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even a packhorse driver looks well in fine clothes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It is one life, whether we spend it in laughing or in weeping.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Self-preservation is the first law of nature.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  To the partial eyes of a lover, pockmarks seem like dimples.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Good luck comes in at a smiling gate.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  For good luck sleep and wait.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even medicine when exceeded becomes poison.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There is no medicine to apply to a fool.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  For lovesickness there is no medicine.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It is better to be ignorant than to be mistaken.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A faultless person has seven faults; a faulty person forty-eight faults.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Every man has one fault.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fall seven times, stand up eight.  
 -  Japanese Proverb
  

  Pleasure is the seed of pain; pain is the seed of pleasure.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Take a profit from your loss.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Easily promised, quickly forgotten.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A firm resolve pierces even a rock.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Riches and honors unjustly gained are like floating clouds.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  In strategy secrecy is esteemed.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A warrior deems life a light thing when compared to honor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who eats globefish soup is a fool; so is he who does not.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Having learned his lesson with hot soup, he blows cold fish salad.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A padded jacket is an acceptable gift even in summer.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A tiger dies and leaves his skin; a man dies and leaves his name.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Though you drink wine, do not be drunk by wine.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One kind word can warm three winter months.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Youth easily grows old yet becomes learned with difficulty.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Youth and wine are like a whip to a galloping horse.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  If you believe everything you read, better not read.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One kind word can warm three winter months.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  After victory, tighten your helmet chord.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even though you become the enemy of a good man, don't become the friend of a bad man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One may study calligraphy at eighty.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One word let slip and four horses would fail to catch it.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A clever hawk hides its talons.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  When in Rome, do as the Romans.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Jack of all trades, master of none.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The right man for the right job.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even when a samurai has not eaten, he holds his toothpick high.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who sees righteousness and does not do it is not brave.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Although shrimps may dance around they do not leave the river.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Take a profit from your loss.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Man is for one generation; his name is for all ages to come.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Hot passion cools easily.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A firm resolve pierces even a rock.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Better than a feast elsewhere is a meal at home of tea and rice.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Men's hearts are as different as their faces.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even medicine when exceeded becomes poison.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Test a horse by riding him and a person by accompanying him.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Keep a dog for three days and he will not forget your kindness, but three years kindness shown to a cat is forgotten in three days.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Easily promised, quickly forgotten.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Blind men are not afraid of snakes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If you know the disease, recovery is near.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A fool will soon use up his money.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Necessity is the mother of invention.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Among beautiful women there are many fools.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The reverse side also has a reverse side.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  How can swallows and sparrows know the thoughts of a great swan?  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't estimate the value of a badger skin before catching the badger.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  You cannot catch a tiger cub unless you enter the tiger's den.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Borrowed garments do not fit well.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There are formalities between the closest of friends.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A tiger dies and leaves his skin; a man dies and leaves his name.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Life is a candle before the wind.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Sparrows, though they live to be a hundred, do not forget their dance.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Love lives in palaces as well as in thatched cottages.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A faultless person has seven faults; a faulty person forty-eight faults.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One sees the sky through a hollow reed.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A padded jacket is an acceptable gift even in summer.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even dust amassed will grow into a mountain.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Obey the customs of the village you enter.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A whip even to a galloping horse.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even monkeys fall from trees.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The marten is proud where there is no weasel.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A crooked top on a crooked kettle.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  At a distance enjoy the fragrance of flowers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't bear a grudge and don't record it.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The starving dog fears not the stick.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Serious disasters come from small causes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Too many sailors drive the boat up the mountain.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Family quarrels sow the seeds of poverty.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fast ripe, fast rotten.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  One seeing is better than one hundred hearings.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even a hunter is sometimes caught in a trap.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A warrior deems life a light thing when compared to honor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Because there are fools, wise men look well.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A truthful courtesan is as great a miracle as a square egg.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Never rely on the glory of the morning, nor the smiles of your mother-in-law.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  We are no more than candles burning in the wind.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Truth often comes out of a joke.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  You will lack nothing if you think privation is always with you.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It is better to go home and make your net than to gaze longingly at the fish in the pool.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Bad news travel fast.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Let sleeping dogs lie.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Give food to the hawk you do not love.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It is better to be ignorant than to be mistaken.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If the fountainhead is clear, the stream will be clear.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A fruit-bearing tree is known by its flowers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  An evil act runs a thousand miles.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The flow of water and the future of human beings are uncertain.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The spirit of a three-year-old lasts a hundred years.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A faithful wife does not marry again.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It's hard to know the quality of a person, or a watermelon.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A frog in the well knows not the ocean.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Business and folding screens must be crooked to stand.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  A full belly is not the stomach of a scholar.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Love and a cough cannot be hidden.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Children learn from their parents.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  At a distance enjoy the fragrance of flowers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Big fish do not live in small ponds.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A short temper is a disadvantage.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A great sage is often taken for a great fool.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Though you drink wine, do not be drunk by wine.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't say there's a tomorrow.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fallen flowers do not return to branches; a shattered mirror does not again reflect.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A man's heart is as changeable as the skies in autumn.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't give an order after listening only to one side.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Better a stitch now than ten stitches later.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Large fish do not live in a small pond.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Better to be a chicken's head than an ox's rump.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Old men for consultation, young men for quarrels.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Wives and pots and kettles are better when old.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even among intimate friends there should be courtesy.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There are some gods that abandon men - they are the gods that know men.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One dog barks an inanity, ten thousand dogs assert its truth.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Dumplings are better than flowers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Eyelashes, though near, are not seen.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Youth easily grows old yet becomes learned with difficulty.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even a superb hawk will not catch game unless it is loosed.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A little learning is a dangerous thing.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One must put on a brave display even in adversity.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Actions speak louder than words.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  By seeing one spot you know the entire leopard.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Trash accumulates in stagnant water.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  All that glitters is not gold.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There are as many ways of making a living as seeds of grass.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A dog that walks around will find a stick.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The cow drinks water and it turns to milk; the snake drinks water and it turns to poison.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even Confucius had his misfortunes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A bad wife is a poor harvest for sixty years.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who eats globefish soup is a fool; so is he who does not.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fate aids the courageous.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Rather ten thousand lanterns from a wealthy man than one lantern from a poor man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Inquire seven times then doubt a person.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If you would shoot a general, shoot first his horse.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Eggs and vows are easily broken.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  He who steals incense smells of it.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The mouth is the cause of calamity.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Although dying of thirst, I drink not the water of a stolen fountain.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  To the partial eyes of a lover, pockmarks seem like dimples.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A thief makes a good watchman for thieves.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Curses come back to yourself.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The boaster and the proud person are fools.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It's always darkest before dawn.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Giving is for the purpose of taking.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Riches and honors unjustly gained are like floating clouds.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  The hasty hand will do things wrong.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The base of a lighthouse is dark.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A man of learning is not suited to wield political power, for experience has shown that scholars make poor rulers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Oxen go with oxen, horses with horses.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A dog will remember a three days' kindness for three years; while a cat will forget three years of kindness in three days.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Pleasure is the seed of pain; pain is the seed of pleasure.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  When the purse is light there is no vitality.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  What was a deep pool yesterday is but a shallows today.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One peach rotting, one hundred are damaged.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The tone of the bird's song is the same everywhere.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Never go looking for trouble.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Self-preservation is the first law of nature.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The mouth is the gate of evil.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  It is one life, whether we spend it in laughing or in weeping.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  True patience consists in bearing what is unbearable.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even a one-inch insect has a half-inch soul.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  To one who does not wander there is not enlightenment.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  One cannot become a priest just by having a rosary.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If the mouth is fastened shut, no quarrel arises.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Tall trees, much wind.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fools and scissors may be put to use.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Repay your enemy with a favor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Don't bear a grudge against the dead.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  To die is easy, to live is hard.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Tomorrow is tomorrow, today is today.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even a packhorse driver looks well in fine clothes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Even between parents and children money matters make strangers.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Look at the manners of others and mend your manners.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There is no medicine to apply to a fool.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Old times are old times, the present is present.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The dove shows its filial piety by sitting three branches below its parents.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The superior prevails, the inferior breaks.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The good calligrapher is not choosy about his writing brush.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Confused crabs miss their holes.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fate assists the courageous.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  Every man has one fault.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The face is the mirror of the heart.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Fall seven times, stand up eight.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

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

  We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Getting money is like digging with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Every little pebble in the stream believes itself to be a precious stone.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  First the man takes a drink; then the drink takes a drink; then the drink takes the man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  In wealth, many friends; in poverty, not even relatives.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There is nothing that cannot be achieved by firm imagination.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The day you decide to do it is your lucky day  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  None of us are as smart as all of us  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Money grows on the tree of persistence.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  The gods only laugh when people ask them for money.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Beginning is easy - continuing hard  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back an ass.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  There is nothing that cannot be achieved by firm imagination.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  In wealth, many friends; in poverty, not even relatives.  
 -  Japanese proverb