みず
きよ
 
 
 
うお
 
 

expression

Proverb.
  1. the morally upright have a hard time making friends, fish will not live in water that is (too) clean.

Variations

Pronunciation Kanji Kana Is Common
みず
きよ
 
 
 
うお
 
 
水清ければ魚棲まず みずきよければうおすまず

Contained Kanji Breakdown

water
みず スイ み (1st, N5)
pure, purify, cleanse
きよ.い セイ さや (4th, N2)
water, water radical (no. 85)
さんずい
blue, green
あお セイ ショウ (1st, N4)
life (生) variant
month, moon
つき ゲツ ガツ (1st, N5)
fish
さかな ギョ うお (2nd, N4)
knife, wrapping enclosure(勹) variant
rice field, rice paddy
た デン いなか (1st, N4)
fire, fire radical (no. 86)
ヒョウ カ
live, dwell
す.む セイ ずみ (Kentei Pre-1)
tree, wood
き こ- モク (1st, N5)
wife, spouse
つま サイ ずま (5th, N3)
one, one radical (no.1)
イチ いっ ひと- (1st, N5)
pen radical
snout, hand
number one, line, rod radical (no. 2)
コン シ ジョ
woman, female
ジョ おんな め (1st, N5)