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Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.
A good husband is healthy and absent.
One kind word can warm 3 winter months.
Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.
A man in love mistakes a pimple for a dimple.
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
Getting money is like digging with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand.
The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.
Fall seven times and stand up eight.
When you're dying of thirst it's too late to think about digging a well.
If he works for you, you work for him.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.

Bad news travels fast
Akuji senri o hashiru


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Asu no hyaku yori, kyou no gojuu


Misery loves company.
Doubyou ai awaremu


To err is Human.
Hito tare ka ayamachi nakaran


Necessity is the mother of invention.
Hitsuyou wa hatsumei no haha


Time is precious / Time is money
Ikkoku senkin

Rome wasn't built in a day
Itchou isseki ni wa dekinai

Where poverty comes in at the door, love flies out the window.
Kane no kireme ga en no kireme


Bite the hand that feeds one.
Kai inu ni te wo kamareru


The straw that broke the camel's back.
Kannin bukuro no o ga kireru


Time flies like an arrow.
Kouin ya no gotoshi


Look before you leap.
Korobanu saki no tsue


After a fire, hold a fire sale
Koronde mo tada wa okinai


There's always a way out.
Kyuu sureba tsuuzu


The eyes say as much as the tongue.
Me wa kuchihodo ni mono o iu


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Mekura hebi ni ojizu


Like a fish out of water.
Oka ni agatta kappa


Rome wasn't built in a day.
Ro-ma wa ichinichi ni shite narazu


Time and tide wait for no man.
Saigetsu hito o matazu


Two heads are better than one.
Sannin yoreba, monju no chie


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