Old saying is the short phrase to express the lesson and satire, which have been used since a long time ago. For your conversation and speech, the phrase is useful to stress the effect of expression. Here are some of them.

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(ちょう)(はな)よと (そだ)てる」

 

To bring up one’s daughter with tender care and affection.

 

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(はな)より 団子(だんご)

 

Bread is better than the songs of birds.

 

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人間(じんかん) (いた)(ところ) 青山(せいざん)あり」

 

Fortune awaits you everywhere.

 

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良薬(りょうやく)(くち)(にが)し」

 

A good medicine tastes bitter. Good advice is hard to swallow.

 

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(わた)世間(せけん)(おに)は いない」

 

Not everyone is cold-hearted, but there is kindness to be found everywhere.