Great Quotes from Japanese Writers and Poets

From its samurai's code of honor to its love of technology to its appreciation for nature, Japan is where ancient and modern meet and coexist. There are much we could learn from the Land of the Rising Sun. Japan has its dark side as well but that's a topic for another day. Below is a collection of great quotes from famous Japanese writers and poets.

"Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at a single bright moon." Ikkyu

"Loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our own egotistical selves." Natsume Soseki 

"In the cherry blossom's shade, there's no such thing as a stranger." Kobayashi Issa

"There are those who hold that to quibble over matters of taste in the basic necessities of life is an extravagance." Junichiro Tanizaki

"When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves." Dogen

"Use your intellect to guide you, and you will end up putting people off. Rely on your emotions, and you will forever be pushed around. Force your will on others, and you will live in constant tension. There is no getting around it—people are hard to live with." Natsume Soseki

"If it rains, let it rain, if the wind blows, let it blow." Ikkyu

"Even those people who have no sorrow of their own often feel melancholy from the circumstances in which they are placed." Murasaki Shikibu

"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it." Dogen

"A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are, after all, no more than mere spectators of life." Ryunosuke Akutagawa

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought." Basho

"No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly...and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it." Murasaki Shikibu

"Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things." Dogen

"Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live." Haruki Murakami

"There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair." Haruki Murakami

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