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.
A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course of victory.
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 will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.
When we fight upstream against a rocky undercurrent, every foothold takes on a kind of urgency.
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.
He was like a song I'd heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.
Watch for the thing that will show itself to you. Because that thing, when you find it, will be your future.
The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.
Sometimes," he sighed, "I think the things I remember are more real than the things I see.
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.
An en is a karmic bond lasting a lifetime. Nowadays many people seem to believe their lives are entirely a matter of choice; but in my day we viewed ourselves as pieces of clay that forever show the fingerprints of everyone who has touched them.
As an American man of the 1990s writing about a Japanese woman of the 1930s, I needed to cross three cultural divides - man to woman, American to Japanese, and present to past.
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.
Of course, a sign doesn't mean anything unless you know how to interpret it.
Even stone can be worn down with enough rain.
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