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Kanji: 猿 も 木 から 落ちる

A Japanese proverb, literally 'even monkeys fall from trees'.

Used largely in admonition, the implied meaning of this proverb is that anyone can make a mistake. Often used to keep the arrogant or overconfident in check.
Worker: Watashi wa gouman desu!
Boss: Saru mo ki kara ochiru.

Worker: I am arrogant!
Boss: Pride comes before a fall.
by Jasmine S. March 15, 2006
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