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. I don't mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward 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.
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.
If you keep your destiny in mind, every moment in life becomes an opportunity for moving closer to it.
I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.
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.
A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course of victory.
My mother once told me I was like water. Water can carve its way even through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.
The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.
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.
When we fight upstream against a rocky undercurrent, every foothold takes on a kind of urgency.
We must use whatever methods we can to understand the movement of the universe around us and time our actions so that we are not fighting the currents, but moving with them.
He was like a song I'd heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.
Of course, a sign doesn't mean anything unless you know how to interpret it.
For a flicker of a moment I imagined a world completely different from the one I'd always known, a world in which I was treated with fairness, even kindness-- a world in which fathers didn't sell their daughters.
It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.
Can't you see? Every step I have taken, since I was that child on the bridge, has been to bring myself closer to you.
This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes they consume us completely.
Sometimes," he sighed, "I think the things I remember are more real than the things I see.
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