Quotes by Murasaki Shikibu

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But even in the discourses which Buddha in his bounty allowed to be recorded, certain passages contain what the learned call Up¯aya or “Adapted Truth” ….

You had best be quick, if you are ever going to forgive me at all; life does not last forever.
The truth is I now find that I have not the slightest pleasure in the society of any but a few indispensable friends. They must be people who really interest me, with whom I can talk seriously on serious subjects, and with whom I am brought into contact without effort on my side in the natural course of everyday existence.
Who has told you that the fruit belies the flower? For the fruit you have not tasted, and the flower you know but by report.
Though the snow-drifts of Yoshino were heaped across his path, doubt not that whither his heart is set, his footsteps shall tread out their way.
Think not that I have come in quest of common flowers; but rather to bemoan the loss of one whose scent has vanished from the air.
I have never thought there was much to be said in favour of dragging on long after all one’s friends were dead.