EIJI YOSHIKAWA QUOTES

Japanese novelist (1892-1962)

Eiji Yoshikawa quote

Think what you like. There are people who die by remaining alive and others who gain life by dying.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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Sincerity, even if it speaks with a stutter, will sound eloquent when inspired.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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To Kiyomori each stall, each soul here seemed borne under by the crushing weight of the world; everyone here was a pitiful weed, trodden underfoot -- a conglomeration of human lives putting down roots in this slime, living and letting live in the struggle to survive; and he was stirred by the fearful and magnificent courage communicated by the scene.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Heike Story

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A wise man who cultivates wisdom may sometimes drown in it.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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It is easy to crush an enemy outside oneself but impossible to defeat an enemy within.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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The truth of the scholar, alone in his study, does not always accord with what the world at large considers to be true.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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Enemies were teachers in disguise.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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The line between life and death is not thicker than an eyelid.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Way of Life and Death

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Every act is an expression of one's self.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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Her only weapons were her tears.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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It does happen, of course, that the priesthood has been on bad terms with womankind for some three thousand years. You see, Buddhism teaches that women are evil. Fiends. Messengers of hell. I've spent years immersed in the scriptures, so it's no accident that you and I fight all the time.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Way of the Samurai

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The world is a stone wall ... and they have put the stones so close together that there is not a single crack through which one may enter.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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All the events of that drink-sodden evening drifted back in snatches. More vividly than all these he recalled that room in the brothel--the dark, tangled hair and the warm, limp limbs. What did it matter whether she was a beauty of a hag? He was twenty and had tasted for the first time of a strange, unforgettable sweetness, an ecstasy that flooded all his senses with amazement.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Heike Story

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When a woman dislikes the man who is courting her, she parries him cleverly, like a willow in the wind.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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The bitter winds in February were sometimes called the First East Winds, but the longing for spring somehow made them seem more piercing.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Heike Story

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Danger was the grindstone on which the swordsman whetted his spirit.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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The flesh and blood and passions clouded her eyes with sadness and fear. She had started to run away, but after twenty paces, her love caught and held her.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Way of the Sword

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It is easy to surpass a predecessor, but difficult to avoid being surpassed by a successor.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Musashi

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The summit is believed to be the object of the climb. But its true object--the joy of living--is not in the peak itself, but in the adversities encountered on the way up.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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The greatest happiness of life was to stand at the difficult border between success and failure.

EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko

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