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べからず, 可からず
Expression, Usually in kana
must not, should not, do not
Expression, See 可からず, combination of する and 可からず
must not do, should not do, do not do
好機逸すべからず, 好機逸す可からず, こうきいっすべからず
Expression, Proverb
make hay while the sun shines
初心忘るべからず, 初心忘る可からず, しょしんわするべからず
Expression, Proverb
we were all beginners once, never lose your humility, don't let success get to your head, don't forget where you came from
Expression, Auxiliary, See なければならない, See なくてはならない・2, Archaism, attaches to the imperfective form; from ざり + べし
must (do, be)
働かざる者食うべからず, 働かざるもの食うべからず, はたらかざるものくうべからず
Expression, Proverb
if man will not work, he shall not eat, no work, no play
匹夫も志を奪うべからず, ひっぷもこころざしをうばうべからず
Expression, Proverb
one cannot shake the will of even the lowliest man, a person's will should be respected, even a menial deserves his convictions
一寸の光陰軽んずべからず, 一寸の光陰軽んず可からず, いっすんのこういんかろんずべからず
Expression, Proverb
there isn't a moment to be wasted, every moment is precious, make hay while the sun shines
井蛙は以って海を語る可からず, せいあはもってうみをかたるべからず
Expression, See 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, See 井蛙・せいあ, Proverb
a narrow-minded person cannot understand the ways of the world, a frog in the well cannot understand the ocean even if it is explained to it
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