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Lafcadio Hearn Quotes and Sayings
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There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry -
the old maid,
the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.
- Lafcadio Hearn

But what is after all the happiness of mere power?
There is a greater happiness possible than to be lord of heaven and earth;
that is the happiness of being truly loved.
- Lafcadio Hearn

A proof of really great art is that it is generally true -
it seldom falls into the misapprehensions to which minor art is liable.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Of course, the simple explanation of the fact is that
marriage is the most important act of man's life in Europe or America,
and that everything depends upon it.
- Lafcadio Hearn

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Contemporary literature in the West has shown some signs of ethical change.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand
more about them than any other kind of literature.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their
inspiration in the Bible;
and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away.
- Lafcadio Hearn


 

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern
subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn

A great many things which in times of lesser knowledge
we imagined to be superstitious or useless,
prove to-day on examination to have been of immense value to mankind.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Broad tolerance in the matter of beliefs is necessarily
a part of the new ethics.
- Lafcadio Hearn

At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James,
the famous King James version; and this is the great
literary monument of the English language.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Some persons have ventured to say that it is only since
Englishmen ceased to believe in the Bible that they
began to discover how beautiful it was.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Any idealism is a proper subject for art.
- Lafcadio Hearn

It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern
thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in
every other respect than in morality.
- Lafcadio Hearn

One of the great defects of English books printed in
the last century is the want of an index.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion;
it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or
romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn

To ancient Chinese fancy, the Milky Way was a luminous river,
- the River of Heaven, - the Silver Stream.
- Lafcadio Hearn

For this reason, to study English literature without
some general knowledge of the relation of the Bible
to that literature would be to leave one's literary
education very incomplete.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Is woman a religion? Well, perhaps you will have the
chance of judging for yourselves if you go to America.
There you will find men treating women with just the
same respect formerly accorded only to religious dignitaries or to great nobles.
- Lafcadio Hearn

As a result, the highly civilized man can endure incomparably more than the savage,
whether of moral or physical strain.
Being better able to control himself under all circumstances,
he has a great advantage over the savage.
- Lafcadio Hearn

But the history of the changes produced by a universal
idea is not a history of changes in the individual,
but of changes brought about by the successive efforts
of millions of individuals in the course of many generations.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special
interest for the Japanese student,
if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more
closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any
other form of Western poetry.
- Lafcadio Hearn

It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated
in the Far East more than in modern Europe;
but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found -
indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese.
- Lafcadio Hearn

But every great scripture, whether Hebrew,
Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious
value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own;
and in this respect the original Bible stands very
high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that
one general difference between Japanese and Western
poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones,
gut this is only in part true.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The highest duty of the man is not to his father,
but to his wife; and for the sake of that woman he
abandons all other earthly ties,
should any of these happen to interfere with that relation.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I often imagine that the longer he studies English
literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished
at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion
of love both in fiction and in poetry.
- Lafcadio Hearn

There are two methods for the literary study of any book -
the first being the study of its thought and emotion;
the second only that of its workmanship.
A student of literature should study some of the Bible
from both points of view.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The great principle of Western society is that competition
rules here as it rules in everything else.
The best man - that is to say, the strongest and cleverest -
is likely to get the best woman,
in the sense of the most beautiful person.
- Lafcadio Hearn

French novels generally treat of the relations of women
to the world and to lovers,
after marriage; consequently there is a great deal
in French novels about adultery,
about improper relations between the sexes,
about many things which the English public would not allow.
- Lafcadio Hearn

It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is,
next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature,
and that it will have much more influence than even
Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race.
- Lafcadio Hearn

In the world of reality the more beautiful a work of art,
the longer, we may be sure, was the time required to make it,
and the greater the number of different minds which
assisted in its development.
- Lafcadio Hearn

There was very little suicide among the men of the North,
because every man considered it his duty to get killed,
not to kill himself; and to kill himself would have seemed cowardly,
as implying fear of being killed by others.
- Lafcadio Hearn

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
- Chinese Proverb

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

I Am One With Spirit and All Creation -
I give thanks for the unity of all creation
and for everything that has brought me to this moment.
I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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