Matsuo Bashō Quotes

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Matsuo Bashō Quotes

No matter where your interest lies, you will not be able to accomplish anything unless you bring your deepest devotion to it.
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Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.

— Matsuo Bashō

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

— Matsuo Bashō

When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.

— Matsuo Bashō

How I long to see
among dawn flowers,
the face of God.

— Matsuo Bashō

Winter garden,
the moon thinned to a thread,
insects singing.

— Matsuo Bashō

If I had the knack
I'd sing like
Cherry flakes falling

— Matsuo Bashō

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.

— Matsuo Bashō

Not knowing the name of the tree,
I stood in the flood
of its sweet scent.

— Matsuo Bashō

Had I crossed the pass
Supported by a stick,
I would have spared myself
The fall from the horse.

— Matsuo Bashō

Come, let's go
Snow-viewing
Till we're buried.

— Matsuo Bashō

Moonlit plum tree-
wait,
spring will come.

— Matsuo Bashō

The temple bell stops
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers

— Matsuo Bashō

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