Go proverbs are "words of perceived wisdom" relating to the game of Go, generally used to assist weaker players in determining a good move during a game. They are generalisations and thus a particular proverb will have specific situations where it is not applicable. Knowing when a proverb is inapplicable is part of the process of getting stronger as a Go player. Indeed, several proverbs contradict each other - however they agree in as much as they are advising the player to pay attention to the stated situation.
Several books relating to Go proverbs have been written, for example Go proverbs illustrated by Segoe Kensaku was published in 1960. Such books do not just quote the proverb but spend their pages explaining the meaning and application of the proverbs.
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Proverbs from the game of Go
Go Proverbs at Sensei's Library (http://senseis.xmp.net/?GoProverbs)
Many of the proverbs of 10-31 deal with certain kinds of people; the simple, the fool, the hothead, the scoffer, etc. These proverbs provide ample instruction in the kind of person we should strive to be and the way in which we should conduct our relationships.
Proverbs 13:19 points out that the desire for the fulfillment of personal goals is so powerful for a fool that he or she would rather have the heart’s desire than to avoid evil.
Proverbs 17:12 declares that it is safer to deal with a mother bear bereft of her cubs than to meet a fool engaged in folly.
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