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人のふり見て我がふり直せ、他山の石。

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人のふり見て我がふり直せ。

edited by JimBreen, September 15, 2014

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JimBreen JimBreen September 15, 2014 September 15, 2014 at 2:47:35 PM UTC link Permalink

This "sentence" was actually two different proverbs which mean much the same.

CK CK September 16, 2014, edited September 16, 2014 September 16, 2014 at 6:20:29 AM UTC, edited September 16, 2014 at 6:21:53 AM UTC link Permalink

Annotation:

Also seen using kanji.

人の振り見て我が振り直せ。

Possible, more proverb-like wordings.

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
Learn wisdom by the follies of others. (Italian proverb?)

Literally it would be something like this.
Watch how others act and correct your own behavior (accordingly).

JimBreen JimBreen October 5, 2014 October 5, 2014 at 3:33:46 AM UTC link Permalink

I see that both 人のふり見て我がふり直せ and 人の振り見て我が振り直せ are here. Should one be eliminated? The version with 振り is about twice as common.