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Lafcadio Hearn Quote of the Day

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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

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

Any idealism is a proper subject for art.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

Japan is not a Western democracy.
The Japanese have kept their traditions,
culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.
- Natan Sharansky

Well, I'm about to do another western,
a pilot for HBO this fall.
- Walter Hill

I had been raised on country and western in Missouri.
But gospel was great.
- Steve Cropper

The principle of responsibility and collective sanctions
is incompatible with the Western concept of justice.
- Omar Bongo

My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.
- Eli Wallach

But the Western countries that link their partnership
with the poorest countries with respect for democracy
also have to consider that they have obligations towards these countries.
- Omar Bongo

What does it mean with regard to tactics,
this fact that the proletariat of Western Europe stands all alone:
that it has no prospect of any help whatsoever from any other class?
- Herman Gorter

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov

Western history has been a history of deed done,
actions performed and results achieved.
- Arthur Erickson

I'm not Ang Lee who knows so much about western market
and the taste of western audiences.
- Zhang Yimou

Japan is an important ally of ours.
Japan and the United States of the Western industrialized capacity,
60 percent of the GNP, two countries.
That's a statement in and of itself.
- Dan Quayle

As the work proceeded we found that the western end
of the cutting receded under the slope of the rock,
and thus was partly roofed over by the overhanging rock.
- Howard Carter

We are here because we are determined to offer the
people of the Western Cape choices which are long overdue.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Western civilization, unfortunately,
does not link knowledge and morality but rather,
it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
- Vine Deloria, Jr.

Western Europe GDP per capita - not taking into account
the new accession counties -
was lower in 2001 relative to that of the US than any time since the 1960's.
- John Hutton

I've been to Africa three times.
All right? You can't bring Western reasoning into the culture.
The same way you can't bring it into fundamental Islam.
- Bill O'Reilly

I never was a person who wanted a handout.
I was a cafeteria worker.
I'm not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job.
I have cleaned homes.
- Shirley Jackson

The only reality is our society, and I mean this seriously,
Western Society is a very sick society.
- Rob Walton

At that time I had complete confidence in Russian policy
and I believed that the Western Allies deliberately
allowed Russia and Germany to fight each other to the death.
- Klaus Fuchs

Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself.
It's probably more Western than U.S.
per se.
- David Foster Wallace

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished,
so far as our domestic development was concerned,
by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
- Herbert Croly

I would love to do a Western again if Westerns came back into fashion.
- Bruce Boxleitner

Here in Canada, in the Western world,
we are inside the walls.
Outside the walls are the barbarians.
- Barbara Amiel

Almost every other Western in the last ten years has failed,
since Dances with Wolves.
- Lawrence Kasdan

I also like Western classical music and jazz.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

So, thanks God, our films, our first films were suddenly
being appreciated by the Western media;
especially France was very good,
and Switzerland was very good.
- Milos Forman

What most people didn't realize in the Western countries
is that here its not a question of having supporters,
its a question of getting these votes to the polling stations.
- Imran Khan

I believed that English-speaking people had a divine
mission to civilize the world by making it western,
democratic and Christian.
- Luke Ford

I think for the last fifteen, twenty years or so,
Hollywood has underestimated the appeal of the Western.
I think there is still a huge market.
- Barry Corbin

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business,
probably everything in all the United States or in
all of western civilization,
is about competition.
- T-Bone Burnett

I love westerns.
I've always wanted to do a western.
- Patrick Warburton

There is an enormous difference between Russia and Western Europe.
- Herman Gorter

They're cheering a young lad, the champion playboy of the Western World.
- John Millington Synge

Any time the Western way of war can be unleashed on
an enemy stupid enough to enter its arena,
victory is assured.
- Victor Davis Hanson

The eventual place the American army should take on
the western front was to a large extent influenced
by the vital question of communication and supply.
- Kelly Miller

Western Buddhists in many ways are much serious Buddhists than Tibetans are.
- Richard Gere

We do not support the man.
We do not support the individual.
We support the idea of independent revolution in the Western Hemisphere,
free from American intervention.
- Lee Harvey Oswald


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