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Shōji wa Daiji (小事は大事 – Big Things Have Small Beginnings)

  • Shōji wa Daiji


    We should be aware that even small things could become significant things.

    The proverb shōji was daiji (小事は大事) describes such a situation.

    Since shō (小) means “small,” ji (事) means “thing/matter,” and dai (大) means “big,” the literal meaning of this proverb is “a small thing is a big thing.”
    「小」は “small”、「事」は “thing”、「大」は “big”、を意味するので、「小事は大事」の文字どおりの意味は “a small thing is a big thing” となります。

    In other words, we should consider small things synonymous with big things and be reminded not to neglect them.

    In English, it can be translated as “Big things have small beginnings” or “From small beginnings come great things.”
    英語では “Big things have small beginnings” や “From small beginnings come great things” などと訳されます。

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