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人は人我は我, 人は人我は我, ひとはひとわれはわれ
Expression, Proverb
live and let live, you do you and I'll do me, people are people; I am myself
才子才に溺れる, 才子才に溺れる, さいしさいにおぼれる
Expression, Ichidan verb, Proverb
talented men are ruined by their own talent
旅は情け人は心, 旅は情け人は心, たびはなさけひとはこころ
Expression, See 旅は道連れ世は情け・たびはみちづれよはなさけ, Proverb
in traveling, a companion; in life, sympathy
少年よ大志を抱け, 少年よ大志を抱け, しょうねんよたいしをいだけ
Expression, quotation, from a speech by William Smith Clark
boys, be ambitious
花は桜木人は武士, 花は桜木人は武士, はなはさくらぎひとはぶし
Expression, Proverb
the best flowers are the cherry blossoms, the best individuals are the samurai, as the cherry blossom is first among flowers, so is the warrior first among men
来た見た、勝った, 来た見た勝った, きたみたかった
Expression, quotation
veni, vidi, vici, I came; I saw; I conquered
遅牛も淀早牛も淀, 遅牛も淀早牛も淀, おそうしもよどはやうしもよど
Expression, Proverb
there is no point in hurrying, hurry no man's cattle, slow oxes (leaving Kyoto) end up in Yodo (just south of Kyoto), fast oxes also end up in Yodo
早牛も淀遅牛も淀, 早牛も淀遅牛も淀, はやうしもよどおそうしもよど
Expression, Proverb
there is no point in hurrying, hurry no man's cattle, fast oxes (leaving Kyoto) end up in Yodo (just south of Kyoto), slow oxes also end up in Yodo
鱧も一期海老も一期, 鱧も一期海老も一期, はももいちごえびもいちご
Expression, Proverb
all men are alike, all lives are alike, all men live and die, we all bleed the same, a pike conger has one life, a shrimp does too
性相近し習い相遠し, 性相近し習い相遠し, せいあいちかしならいあいとおし
Expression, Proverb, from the Analects of Confucius
by human nature we are close, through practice we grow apart, by nature, near together; by practice far apart
ブルータスよお前もか, ブルータスよお前もか, ブルータスよおまえもか
Expression, quotation
et tu, Brute?, even you, Brutus?
よそはよそうちはうち, 他所は他所うちはうち, 他所は他所うちはうち
Expression, Proverb, Usually in kana
we have our rules, they have theirs, our house, our rules
今日の一針明日の十針, 今日の一針明日の十針, きょうのひとはりあすのとはり
Expression, Proverb
a stitch in time saves nine, one needle today, ten needles tomorrow
朝焼けは雨夕焼けは晴れ, 朝焼けは雨夕焼けは晴れ, あさやけはあめゆうやけははれ
Expression, Proverb
red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, shepherds delight; red sky in morning, shepherds take warning
指汚しとて切られもせず, 指汚しとて切られもせず, ゆびきたなしとてきられもせず
Expression, Proverb
it's hard to cut one's ties to close relatives even if they are wicked, you don't cut your finger off just because it's dirty
生めよ殖えよ、地に満てよ, 生めよ殖えよ地に満てよ, うめよふえよちにみてよ
Expression, Proverb, from Genesis 1:28
be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth
二人は伴侶三人は仲間割れ, 二人は伴侶三人は仲間割れ, ふたりははんりょさんにんはなかまわれ
Expression, Proverb
two is a company, three is a crowd, one companion is better than two
合うも不思議合わぬも不思議, 合うも不思議合わぬも不思議, あうもふしぎあわぬもふしぎ
Expression, Proverb
dreams and fortune-telling are hit-and-miss
聞くは一時の恥聞かぬは末代の恥, 聞くは一時の恥聞かぬは末代の恥, きくはいっときのはじきかぬはまつだいのはじ
Expression, See 聞くは一時の恥聞かぬは一生の恥, Proverb
better to ask and be embarrassed than not ask and never know
問うは一旦の恥問わぬは末代の恥, 問うは一旦の恥問わぬは末代の恥, とうはいったんのはじとわぬはまつだいのはじ
Expression, Proverb
better to ask and be embarrassed than not ask and never know
去る者は追わず来たる者は拒まず, 去る者は追わず来たる者は拒まず, さるものはおわずきたるものはこばまず
Expression, Proverb
do not pursue those who leave you and do not turn away those who come to you
問うは一度の恥問わぬは末代の恥, 問うは一度の恥問わぬは末代の恥, とうはいちどのはじとわぬはまつだいのはじ
Expression, Proverb
better to ask and be embarrassed than not ask and never know
聞くは一時の恥聞かぬは一生の恥, 聞くは一時の恥聞かぬは一生の恥, きくはいっときのはじきかぬはいっしょうのはじ
Expression, Proverb
better to ask and be embarrassed than not ask and never know
借りる時の地蔵顔なす時の閻魔顔, 借りる時の地蔵顔済す時の閻魔顔, 借りる時の地蔵顔なす時の閻魔顔, 借りる時の地蔵顔済す時の閻魔顔, かりるときのじぞうがおなすときのえんまがお
Expression, See 地蔵, See 閻魔, Proverb
people look friendly when they ask for a loan but not so much when they repay it, when borrowing (the money), the face of the (bodhisattva) Kshitigarbha; when returning it, the face of the (hell king) Yama
墨は餓鬼に磨らせ筆は鬼に持たせよ, 墨は餓鬼に磨らせ筆は鬼に持たせよ, すみはがきにすらせふではおににもたせよ
Expression, Proverb
grind your inkstick gently but move your brush vigorously, let the hungry ghost grind your inkstick, let the ogre hold your brush
朝に道を聞かば夕べに死すとも可なり, 朝に道を聞かば夕べに死すとも可なり, あしたにみちをきかばゆうべにしすともかなり
Expression, Proverb, from a quote by Confucius
if a man hears the Way in the morning, he may die in the evening without regret
指切りげんまん嘘ついたら針千本飲ます, 指切拳万嘘ついたら針千本呑ます, ゆびきりげんまんうそついたらはりせんぼんのます
Expression, See 指切り, Idiomatic expression, said by children when making a pinky swear
cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, pinky promise pledge: if you're lying, I'll make you drink a thousand needles
梅は食うとも核食うな中に天神寝てござる, 梅は食うとも核食うな中に天神寝てござる, うめはくうともさねくうななかにてんじんねてござる
Expression, Yodan verb, Proverb
don't eat plum pits (because they are poisonous), if you eat a plum, don't eat the kernel; inside it heavenly gods sleep
昔は昔今は今, 昔は昔今は今, むかしはむかしいまはいま
Expression, Proverb
let bygones be bygones, the past is the past, the present is the present
柳は緑花は紅, 柳は緑花は紅, やなぎはみどりはなはくれない
Expression, Idiomatic expression, from a quote by Su Shi
1. natural state, being unspoilt by human touch, willows are green, flowers are crimson
2. spring is beautiful
3. things are different by nature, all things have their characteristics
京の夢大阪の夢, 京の夢大阪の夢, きょうのゆめおおさかのゆめ
Expression, set phrase recited before talking about dreams
the dreams of Kyoto, the dreams of Osaka
後門の虎前門の狼, 後門の虎前門の狼, こうもんのとらぜんもんのおおかみ
Expression, See 前門の虎後門の狼, Idiomatic expression
between the devil and the deep sea, out of the frying pan into the fire, a tiger at the back gate, a wolf at the front gate