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Simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.

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隣の芝生は青い  となりのしばふはあおい tonarinoshibafuhaaoi

  • the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

まず隗より始めよ  まずかいよりはじめよ mazukaiyorihajimeyo

  • start with the first step, when embarking on a great project, start with immediate steps
  • he who first suggests it should be the first to do it

井の中の蛙大海を知らず  いのなかのかわずたいかいをしらず inonakanokawazutaikaiwoshirazu

  • the frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean

雨降って地固まる  あめふってじかたまる amefuttejikatamaru

  • adversity strengthens the foundations, after a storm comes a calm, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger

猿も木から落ちる  さるもきからおちる sarumokikaraochiru

  • even monkeys fall from trees, anyone can make a mistake, pride comes before a fall, even Homer sometimes nods

果報は寝て待て  かほうはねてまて kahouhanetemate

  • good things come to those who wait

蛙の子は蛙  かえるのこはかえる kaerunokohakaeru

  • like father, like son, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, the child of a frog is a frog

甘言は偶人を喜ばす  かんげんはぐうじんをよろこばす kangenhaguujinwoyorokobasu

  • sweet words only please a fool, flattery works on puppets and fools

急がば回れ  いそがばまわれ isogabamaware

  • more haste, less speed, slow and steady wins the race

郷に入っては郷に従え  ごうにいってはごうにしたがえ gouniittehagounishitagae

  • when in Rome, do as the Romans do