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Yoshida Kenkō

“Is there any of the usual social occasions which it is not difficult to avoid? But if you decide that you cannot very well ignore your worldly obligations, and that you will therefore carry them out properly, the demands on your time will multiply, bringing physical hardship and mental tension; in the end, you will spend your whole life pointlessly entangled in petty obligations.
‘The day is ending, the way is long; my life already begins to stumble on its journey.’ The time has come to abandon all ties. I shall not keep promises, nor consider decorum. Let anyone who cannot understand my feelings feel free to call me mad, let him think I am out of my senses, that I am devoid of human warmth. Abuse will not bother me; I shall not listen if praised.”


Kenko, Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō
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Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō by Yoshida Kenkō
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