I don't know when we'll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
I don't think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.
I never seek to defeat the man I am fighting, " he explained. "I seek to defeat his confidence. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. Two men are equals - true equals - only when they both have equal confidence.
We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.
He was like a song I'd heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.
I stumbled out into the courtyard to try to flee my misery, but of course we can never flee the misery that is within us.
When we fight upstream against a rocky undercurrent, every foothold takes on a kind of urgency.
If you keep your destiny in mind, every moment in life becomes an opportunity for moving closer to it.
Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.
At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.
The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.
Here again, I saw life in all its noisy excitement passing me by.
Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.
I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon.
I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.
My tears simply broke through the fragile wallthat had held them, and with a terrible feeling of shame, I laid my head upon the table and let them drain out of me.
Even stone can be worn down with enough rain.
Anyone can have a good day. The question is what do you do on a bad day. That's when you're being tested. In a very tangible sense, a bad day shows your innermost essence more than a good day.
Nothing in life is ever as simple as we imagine.
Sometimes," he sighed, "I think the things I remember are more real than the things I see.
I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me.
If Mother and Mameha couldn't come to an agreement, I would remain a maid all my life just as surely as a turtle remains a turtle
It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.
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