Murasaki Shikibu Quotes

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Murasaki Shikibu Quotes

Let us be sure that the lady of our choice possesses certain tangible qualities that we admire; and if in other ways she falls short of our ideal, we must be patient and call to mind those qualities that first induced us to begin our courting.
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Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams.

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The world know it not; but you, Autumn, I confess it: your wind at night-fall stabs deep into my heart

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Ceaseless as the interminable voices of the bell-cricket, all night till dawn my tears flow.

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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.

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Life is full of uncertainties, perhanps one day some unforeseen circumstance would bring her into his life once more

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Autumn is no time to lie alone

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I leave you, to go the road we all must go. The road I would choose, if only I could, is the other.

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She was gentle and sedate as usual, but evidently absent and preoccupied. Her eyes rested on the dew lying on the grass in the garden, and her ears were intent upon the melancholy singing of the autumn insects. It was as if we were in a real romance.

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What need have I for a palace? Rather to lie with you where the weeds grow thick.

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When my brother, ... , was a young boy learning the Chinese classics, I was in the habit of listening with him and I became unusually proficient at understanding those passages that he found too difficult to grasp and memorize. Father a most learned man, was always regretting the fact: 'Just my luck!' he would say. 'What a pity she was not born a man!' But then I gradually realized that people were saying 'It's bad enough when a man flaunts his Chinese learning; she will come to no good,' and since I have avoided writing the simplest character.

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Though the body moves, the soul may stay behind.

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It is in general the unexplored that attracts us ...

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People who do not get into scrapes are a great deal less interesting than those who do.

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I have a theory of my own about what the art of the novel is, and how it came into being ... It happens because the storyteller's own experience ... has moved him to an emotion so passionate that he can no longer keep it shut up in his heart.

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Old age is a disease from which there is no recovery but the old nun's recent attack had certainly been brought on chiefly by the fatigue of so much travelling.

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