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Fix roof before the rain;
Dig the well before you are thirsty

China bǔ lòu chèn tiān qíng wèi kě xiān jué jǐng
Fix roof before the rain; / Dig the well before you are thirsty

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Mend the roof while the weather is fine, [and when you are] not yet thirsty, dig the well beforehand.

In simple terms, this means: Always be prepared in advance.


See Also:  Have a Walking Stick at the Ready Before You Stumble

Have a Walking Stick at the Ready Before You Stumble

Japan koro ba nu saki no tsue
Have a Walking Stick at the Ready Before You Stumble

This Japanese proverb literally translates as: Have a walking stick ready before stumbling.

This is similar to the English idiom, "A stitch in time saves nine."

In simple terms, this means: Always be prepared in advance.


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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Fix roof before the rain; Dig the well before you are thirsty補漏趁天晴未渴先掘井
补漏趁天晴未渴先掘井
bǔ lòu chèn tiān qíng wèi kě xiān jué jǐng
bu3 lou4 chen4 tian1 qing2 wei4 ke3 xian1 jue2 jing3
bu lou chen tian qing wei ke xian jue jing
pu lou ch`en t`ien ch`ing wei k`o hsien chüeh ching
pu lou chen tien ching wei ko hsien chüeh ching
Have a Walking Stick at the Ready Before You Stumble転ばぬ先の杖koro ba nu saki no tsue
korobanusakinotsue
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