Geisha Quotes

Quotes tagged as "geisha" (showing 1-20 of 20)
Arthur Golden
“We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“If you aren't the woman I think you are, then this isn't the world I thought it was.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“It was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“A tree may look as beautiful as ever; but when you notice the insects infesting it, and the tips of the branches that are brown from disease, even the trunk seems to lose some of its magnificence. ”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“Perhaps it seems odd that a casual meeting on the street could have brought about such change. But sometimes life is like that isn't it”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“When someone who's starved of love is shown something that looks like sincere affection, is it any wonder that she jumps at it and clings to it?”
Sayo Masuda, Autobiography of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“For a flicker of a moment I imagined a world completely different from the one I'd always known, a world in which I was treated with fairness, even kindness-- a world in which fathers didn't sell their daughters. ”
Arthur Golden

Mingmei Yip
“I was performing my ritual of sipping tea, shooting flirtatious glances and planning murder”
Mingmei Yip, Peach Blossom Pavillion

“What a lovely place this world would be if only people would feel affection for everyone else, and all the ugliness of the human heart were to vanish - our envy of those better off than ourselves and our scorn for those worse off.”
Sayo Masuda, Autobiography of a Geisha

“Being in love isn't the only way of loving. I realized with all my being that if you loved somebody- it didn't matter who it was- and dedicated yourself to bringing joy to your loved one, you, too, would be redeemed.”
Sayo Masuda

Arthur Golden
“I'm not sure this will make sense to you but I felt as though I'd turned around to look in a different direction so that I no longer faced backward toward the past but forward toward the future. And now the question confronting me was this: What would the future be”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“I knew even then that she was right. An en is a karmic bond lasting a lifetime. Nowadays many people seem to believe their lives are entirely a matter of choice; but in my day we viewed ourselves as pieces of clay that forever show the fingerprints of everyone who has touched them. Nobu's touch had made a deeper impression on me than most. No one could tell me whether he would be my ultimate destiny, but I had always sensed the en between us. Somewhere in the landscape of my life Nobu would always be present. But could it really be that of all the lessons I'd learned, the hardest one lay just ahead of me? Would I really have to take each of my hopes and put them away where no one would ever see them again, where not even I would ever see them?”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“Oh I'm sure you're right," Auntie said. "Probably she's just as you say. But she looks to me like a very clever girl, and adaptable; you can see that from the shape of her ears.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
“And yet if I drew my thoughts back from him, what life would I have? I would be like a dancer who had practiced since childhood for a performance she would never give.”
Arthur Golden

“When I was a nursemaid at the home of the landowners, a nun who happened to pass once gave me something square and white.Timidly I licked it and discovered that it was sweet and delicious. I realize now that it must have been a sugar cube;but still, more than twenty years later, I remember clearly the joy I felt then. It's not just children; everyone seems to be deeply touched by unexpected joy brought to them by others and is unable to forget it.
That child will be grown up by now, and if he hasn't forgotten me, whenever he sees a crying child he'll want to say a kind word and wipe the kid's nose. And when that kid grows up, he'll do the same. To do something kind for another is never a bad feeling; it fosters a spirit of caring for other people. And who knows,after a hundrend years, human beings may even learn to cooperate with one another...Yes, that was it: I'd try to teach children that if they felt glad when someone gave them a single piece of candy,then they in turn should give to others.”
Sayo Masuda

Arthur Golden
“[...] we drank each other up with so much yearning and need that afterward I felt myself drained of all the things the Chairman had taken from me, and yet filled with all that I had taken from him.”
Arthur Golden

Mineko Iwasaki
“El conocimiento pasa de la maestra a la estudiante mediante un proceso denominado mane. Aunque este término se traduce a menudo por "imitación", el aprendizaje de la danza va más allá de la simple copia y exige una profunda identificación. Repetimos los movimientos de la profesora hasta que somos capaces de reproducirlos con exactitud o hasta que, en cierto modo, nos hemos impregnado de su maestría. Si deseamos expresar lo que hay en nuestros corazones, la técnica artística debe incorporarse por completo a las células de nuestro cuerpo, algo que requiere muchos años de práctica.”
Mineko Iwasaki

Lesley Downer
“Le geishe erano danzatrici, musiciste e conversatrici che occupavano una specifica nicchia nei massimi livelli della società nipponica. Non erano assolutamente prostitute, né di alto né di basso bordo.”
Lesley Downer
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Arthur Golden
“Quali siano stati i nostri conflitti e i nostri trionfi, per quanto indelebile sia il segno che questi abbiano potuto lasciare su di noi, finiscono sempre per stemperarsi come una tinta ad acquerello su un foglio di carta.”
Arthur Golden
tags: geisha

Yasunari Kawabata
“In the moonlight the fine geishalike skin took on the luster of a seashell.”
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country