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107 Japanese Proverbs

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.