Japanese Proverbs

Since many people don't have Japanese kanji fonts available on their computers I will use the romaji versions. Enjoy them and let me know if your favorite isn't here.


Do you know how to say these proverbs in English?
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Nana-korobi ya-oki.


Nama-byouhou wa ou-kega no moto.


Hachijuu no tenarai.


Un wa yuusha o tasuku.


Taigyo wa shouchi ni sumau.



Mi kara deta sabi.


Ja no michi wa hebi.


Tamago to chikai wa kudake-yasui.


Muri ga toureba douri hikkomu.


Issun saki wa yami.


He o hitte shiri tsubome.


How about these in Japanese?


Experience is the best teacher.


Penny-wise, pound-foolish


There is no rest for the weary.


Two heads are better than one.


Don't spit into the wind.


Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.


Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.


Too many cooks spoil the broth.


It's always darkest before the dawn.


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


So, there are my favorites.

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