Even a thief is right three times out of ten.

I ran into this quote in a book about Taiichi Ohno, the creator of Toyota's philosophy. Does anyone know a phrase that corresponds with this translation?


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It is probably 盗人【ぬすびと】にも三分【さんぶ】の理【り】, which is perhaps better translated as "even a thief has his reasons".

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