Quotes I Try To Live By | Japanese Quotes With English Translation

What a curious power words have.
―Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Japanese Quotes English Translation

1. 言わぬが花

Some things are better left unsaid

Somethings are better left unsaid Japanese Quotes English Translation

I am a very straightforward person. I don’t mince my words and I found it unnecessary to do so before until a friend told me that she felt attacked when I voiced my opinion during her presentation in the class. I was perplexed. In my defence, the moment I enter a situation that required me to be your opponent or judge, it doesn’t matter whether you’re friends or family, whatever that need to be said is going to be said. And I thought everyone else thinks the same way. Big mistake. So. for now, I’m trying to improve my crappy people skills by being more perceptive and pay a great deal of attention to my wording to avoid being across as a jerk, big bully meanie. And if it doesn’t work? *zippedmouthemoji*

2. 知らぬが仏

What you don’t know won’t hurt you

What you don't know won't hurt you Japanese Quotes English Translation

‘What you don’t know won’t hurt you’ or ‘Ignorance is bliss’ is one of the quotes that I hate (because I detest ignorant people) but I still feel that a little bit of it is necessary.

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data,chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Because sometimes, a little bit of not knowing everything is needed. Since it is impossible to know everything because you cannot know there is nothing you do not know because you do not know it.

I think it’s better to not know certain things. It gives the world an extra bit of mystery, which is important to us as human beings.
B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

3. 明けない夜はない

There is always light behind the clouds.

There is a;ways light behind the clouds Quotes Try Live Japanese Quotes English Translation

When I feel like giving up, a little bit reminder that these will pass – the hardships, the suffering, would always get me back on the track.

4. 死なないのであれば、強くなるだけだ

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

what doesn't kill you makes you stronger Japanese Quotes with English Translation

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

Anyway, that’s how I try to roll on in life.

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32 comments

  1. “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – ahha, so Kelly Clarkson’s lyricist got inspired by this Japanese quote! Thanks for sharing, though 🙂

  2. these are so beautiful omg ;-; i love reading quotes as it helps to motivate me bits by bits. you should try to read poems too! i love the feeling i get when i can relate to them. nice content and i love yr theme!! ><

    1. thank you xD
      I rarely read poems but lately I have been reading beautiful quotes and poems people wrote in Tumblr

  3. im used to be a straight forward person. hahahhaha selalu main lepas je cakap. then, terjumpa ada orang yang jenis mudah terasa hati, dari situ belajar nak jaga perasaan orang sebelum bercakap. T^T

    love all the quotes *jotted some in my notes XD*

  4. “I think it’s better to not know certain things. It gives the world an extra bit of mystery, which is important to us as human beings.”

    I really love this quote. Somehow I can relate it with blogging life. Sometimes, I do find that I exposed too much about myself. Maybe restraining myself more is better. T_T

  5. Yup. Something are better left unsaid. I also the type that is honest with words. I will tell peoples about what I think especially when I disagree with them. Then, I realise that I’m being harsh with my words and I hurt a lot of peoples. Huhu

    Why being so harsh when our prophet Muhammad tell us to “Speak good or remain silent.” 🙂

  6. I’m not sure about being ignorant is a good thing but sometimes, it’s better not knowing anything before knowing the bitter truth.. right? I do feel you about being out-spoken and sometimes, it can’t be control.. ==”

    1. hahaha. it’s true. sometimes not knowing is a blessing that’s why I have a bit kind of hate and like relationship with the quotes.

      I just couldn’t resist voicing out my opinion and I had been in a hot water quite a lot of time because of it

  7. 1- I have been in the same situation lol. I’m sceptical, I like questioning stuff moreover if it is something that really hit my ‘curiosity button’ I would, even during my friends’ presentation. (I would say I’m sorry afterwards) Because it’s a process, why would we neglect this kind of attitude, afraid we were being too harsh? Lol ._. Maybe by tone it down a little bit like you said ._.

    2- You can’t always know everything, there must be something that you don’t know that others’ know. (That’s why you need citation in works lol as my lecturer did said this morning)

    3- Hat off, yes ._. let’s work hard and not be killed ._.

    Have a nice day Rasya! (after commenting to every single points in this entry)

  8. I do agree with the first quote “some things are better left unsaid”. It’s okay to be outspoken but please say it at the right time with the right choice of words (not referring to you haha). If the things that we want to say to others would make him feel down/demotivated it’s better not to say it at all. Sooner or later he will definitely know it on his own.

  9. Some things are better left unsaid
    Actually, I do have the same mind as you. I believe if we were to be an opponent to help our friends/family, we really should act like one. No hard feelings should be involved. But things like ‘your work is the worst in the class’ should be left unsaid lah hihi.

    What you don’t know won’t hurt you
    I don’t like this quote too as for me, I want to know everything even if it’ll hurt me. I hate being in the dark more.

    There is always light behind the clouds.
    Everything happens for a reason. This quote is the key to my strength and perseverance in life.

    1. hahaha. I’m not that cruel lol. But I think another reason why my words felt harsher compared to others is because of my resting bitch face

  10. i love all the quotes..good in expressing stuff that will not hurt poeple/friends directly..i do hope they understand but too bad sometimes they dont and the worst part they misinterpret it..haha

  11. I love these quotes! Sometimes I forget that a few doses of good quotes can motivate me to stick to who I am no matter what situation I’m thrown into. I think these quotes remind us that we don’t need to change for the better good of everyone let alone ourselves, but tweaking a few things here and there is all that’s wanted to let things be more bearable for all parties. Self-identity is always crucial. 🙂

    1. I agree. It in inevitable to change our wording depends on the person we’re communicating to because everyone is different. Some people might be okay with criticism while the others take a few things personally

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