Yasunari Kawabata

Japan
11 Jun 1899 // 16 Apr 1972
Writer

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Now, even more than the evening before, he could think of no one with whom to compare her. She had become absolute, beyond comparison. She had become decision and fate.

Thousand Cranes
The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
Time passed. But time flows in many streams. Like a river, an inner stream of time will flow rapidly at some places and sluggishly at others, or perhaps even stand hopelessly stagnant. Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.

Beauty and Sadness
I suppose even a woman's hatred is a kind of love.

Beauty and Sadness
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