Hungry Samurai sticks toothpick out of his mouth

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Feb 19, 2011 02:11
In Japan, there is a proverb "武士は食わねど高楊枝[bushi wa kuwanedo takayoji : Hungry Samurai sticks toothpick out of his mouth".
It means that even if a samurai is hungry, he behaves as if he is full.
I interpret that the samurai endures the lack of profit in the present as he chases his high ideals.
The proverb expresses Japanese chivalry well.
John Stuart Mill who was a philosopher said that it is better to be a dissatisfied Socrates than a satisfied pig.
They are very similar.

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