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.
If you keep your destiny in mind, every moment in life becomes an opportunity for moving closer to 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.
When we fight upstream against a rocky undercurrent, every foothold takes on a kind of urgency.
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.
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.
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.
It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.
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.
Hopes are like hair ornaments. Girls want to wear too many of them. When they become old women they look silly wearing even one.
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.
Perhaps it seems odd that a casual meeting on the street could have brought about such change. But sometimes life is like that isn't it
Watch for the thing that will show itself to you. Because that thing, when you find it, will be your future.
Now I know that our world is no more permanent than a wave rising on the ocean. Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.
Of course, a sign doesn't mean anything unless you know how to interpret it.
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.
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.
We none of us find as much kindness in this world as we should.
I was thanking him for...well, for something I'm not sure I can explain even now. For showing me that something besides cruelty could be found in the world, I suppose.
After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.
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