Tea-Tag-Tuesday: The Formula

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
~ Japanese Proverb

What does this really mean?

Does it mean to stand, before you fall?

I mean, if you fall the seventh time and you stand up, that makes for seven, not eight times of standing up.

Does it mean that eventually, you will stop falling?

What’s your interpretation of this Japanese Proverb?


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One comment

  1. It means that Seven is Nature (the world was created in 7 days, a week has 7 days, there were 7 fore-fathers and -mothers, etc.), but Eight is above Nature – a miracle. How one of our mystical beliefs got to Japan an became a proverb, I have no idea!

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