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With a cold"--she spoke evenly, lowering her eyes a little--"now is the hardest time. Maybe even harder than dying. But this is probably as bad as it can get. You might come to fear the next time you get a cold; it will be as bad as this, but if you just hold steady, it won't be. For the rest of your life. That's how it works. You could take the negative view and live in fear: Will it happen again? But it won't hurt so much if you just accept it as a part of life." With that she looked up at me, smiling.


Banana Yoshimoto


#life

We only have one life to live. Since everybody has the potential to be successful, I hope we'll all take an action and actually live it.


Gackt


#japanese-singer #life

My own family and thousands of other Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. It took our nation over 40 years to apologize.


Mike Honda


#during #family #ii #japanese #my own

His smiling face revealed a love too strong to be kept inside, but the feelings obviously rising inside him kept him from looking directly at Kikunojou. He gazed instead at Kikunojou's clear reflection on the water.


Haruo Shirane


#chris-drake #hiraga-gennai #japanese #love #romance

Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.


Santoka Taneda


#creating #haiku #japanese #poetry #zen

In this world, not everything will be won by justice. If you want to win, you have to learn how to cheat. (Nana)


Ai Yazawa


#japanese #manga #justice

Still more horrible was the color of the flames that licked the latticed cabin vents before shooting skyward, as though - might I say? - the sun itself had crashed to earth, spewing its heavenly fire in all directions.


Ryūnosuke Akutagawa


#japan #japanese #japanese-literature #japan

People used to say that on moonless nights Her Ladyship's broad-skirted scarlet trousers would glide eerily along the outdoor corridor, never touching the floor.


Ryūnosuke Akutagawa


#japanese #japanese-literature #japan

Directly beneath the Lotus Pond of Paradise lay the lower depths of Hell, and as He peered through the crystalline waters, He could see the River of Three Crossings and the Mountain of Needles as clearly as if He were viewing pictures in a peep-box.


Ryūnosuke Akutagawa


#japan #japanese #japanese-literature #japan

Le persone che si lasciano incantare, che seguono in massa qualcuno che non produce niente, non capisce niente, ma parla bene in maniera persuasiva. A queste persone non passa neanche per l’anticamera del cervello che potrebbero sbagliarsi. Non riescono neanche a immaginare che possono ferire qualcuno irreparabilmente, senza motivo. Non si assumono la minima responsabilità degli effetti della loro condotta. Sono loro, quelli di cui ho paura. Sono loro quelli che vedo in sogno. Nel sogno tutto tace, e mi appaiono delle persone senza volto. Il silenzio si infiltra ovunque come acqua fredda, e in quel silenzio, tutto si scioglie.


Haruki Murakami


#japanese-literature #murakami #japan






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