Japanese Proverbs

Japanese Proverbs

Japanese Proverbs

Japanese Proverbs

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No racial life is conceivable without its proverbs. And proverbs, as a fountain of wisdom of life, have an unfailing appeal to all minds. They give light to that life over which shadows would otherwise often fall; they give warmth to life which would otherwise tend to be colourless. There is no question that were it not for proverbs our everyday life would be less rich in sentiment, less generous in appreciation, and far less in the sunshine of good humour. Proverbs and sayings are the "poetry of wisdom "--poetic offspring of practical wisdom--that flows on through the communal life of all countries, in both West and East.

Saints and sages have offered a wealth of wisdom for the edification of unenlightened minds. Jesus of Nazareth has never ceased to teach people by parables and proverbs. Gautama of India has revealed the depth of his mind in the form of aphorisms and allegories. Precious as all their sayings are, unmatched in value or wisdom, they have failed to become proverbs of real life except when universally accepted and adopted as part of common sense; as part of universal life itself.

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