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1. attempting two tasks at the same time, accomplishing neither; falling between two stools; catching neither the horsefly nor the beeProverb
- Don't be so greedy or you'll wind up with nothing.
あぶはち取らず 【あぶはちとらず】、虻蜂とらず 【あぶはちとらず】、アブハチ取らず 【アブハチとらず】
1. honesty doesn't payProverb
- Honesty does not always pay. Such is the way of the world.
1. don't count your chickens before they're hatched; counting raccoon dog skins before they have been caughtProverb
- Are you counting your chickens before they are hatched?
獲らぬ狸の皮算用 【とらぬたぬきのかわざんよう】、取らぬ狸の皮算用 【とらぬたぬきのかわざんよう】
1. consider your income before spendingProverb
- いるをはかりていずるをな 、
- We have to cut business expenses here. Haven't you ever heard of looking at how much you're getting before you start spending?
1. the frog in the well knows nothing of the great oceanProverb
- いのなかのかわずたいかいをし 、
- I can't believe you're so clueless. You're like a babe in the woods.
1. a wonder lasts but nine days; gossip lasts just 75 daysProverb
- き 。
- ひとのうわさもしちじゅうごにち 。
- I wouldn't let a goof-up like that get to you. People have short memories and the one good thing about gossip is that it's short-lived.
人の噂も七十五日 【ひとのうわさもななじゅうごにち】、人の噂も７５日 【ひとのうわさもしちじゅうごにち】、人の噂も７５日 【ひとのうわさもななじゅうごにち】
1. the good you do for others is good you do yourself; compassion is not for other people's benefitProverb
- ぜったい 、
- なさけはひと ！
- This is definitely, 'The good you do for others is good you do yourself'! It's a reward because I was helpful!
1. speak of the devilProverb, See also 噂をすれば影が射す
- うわさをすればかげ 、キャシー
- Speak of the devil, here comes Kathy.
1. the greater embraces the less; better too big than too smallProverb
- It might be a bit big but this envelope will do just fine. It's better to be too big than too small.
1. greatness is comparative; there is always someone better than youProverb
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1. not heeding what others say; in one ear and out the other; reading the nenbutsu into a horse's earProverb, See also 念仏
- Giving advice to him is like talking to a brick wall.
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1. there is a suitable spouse for everyone; every Jack has his Jill; a mended lid for a cracked potProverb
破れ鍋に綴じ蓋 【われなべにとじぶた】、破鍋に綴蓋 【われなべにとじぶた】、割れ鍋に閉じ蓋 【われなべにとじぶた】
割れ鍋に閉じ蓋: Irregular kanji usage.
1. taking pride in one's humility; he that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted; too much humility is prideProverb
卑下も自慢のうち 【ひげもじまんのうち】、卑下も自慢の内 【ひげもじまんのうち】
1. leave no room for scandal; don't do anything that can be misinterpreted; don't straighten your cap under a plum tree (because when you raise your hands it might look as if you're trying to steal the plums)Proverb
1. Don't lower yourself to unjust acts, no matter how desperate you are; The eagle does not hunt flies; Don't drink from "Robber's Spring" even if thirstyProverb
- かっしてもとうせんのみずをの 。
- The eagle does not catch flies.
1. In spring one sleeps a sleep that knows no dawn; In spring one sleeps like a log; spring nights are the perfect temperature for sleeping so it's easy to oversleepProverb
1. there is no use shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted; squeezing your buttocks after you have fartedProverb