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Long before Tezuka or Dazai

他山の石以て玉を攻むべし (Tazan no ishi motte tama wo osamu beshi; “One must polish one’s jewels with stones from other mountains.”) Definition: A command to take someone else’s mistakes as an opportunity to reflect on and improve your own ways. “One must … Continue reading

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Do what I don’t do, not what I do

反面教師 han.men.kyou.shi Literally: opposition – face – teach – expert Alternately: A negative example. Someone who sets a bad example and so teaches you what not to do.

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