fall down seven times, get up eight

Japanese proverb

1997 New York Times 24 Aug. (online) ‘I always told him, “Fall down seven times, get up eight,”’ said John Kim, the bridegroom’s father. ‘That’s a martial arts motto.’

2006 R. PAGE on http://www.russpage.net 10 Apr. I saw a Dwayne Wade commercial this morning that showed him falling down on the basketball court numerous times. Seven times to be exact. Toward the end of the commercial, it shows him lying face down on the court as he lifts up his head and smiles before standing up. The final line says something like ‘Fall down seven times. Get up eight.’ It seems very motivational.

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