nō aru taka wa tsume o kakusu


A skilled hawk hides its talons.

A wise man keeps some of his talents in reserve.

Who knows most, speaks least.

Words Rōmaji Meaning
ability / capability
ある aru to own / to possess
taka hawk
tsume talon / nail
隠す kakusu to hide

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