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The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
by Lafcadio Hearn

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

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

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

 

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

Any idealism is a proper subject for art.
- 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

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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

Contemporary literature in the West has shown some signs of ethical change.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Western concepts of ownership and privatization came
in and clashed with that.
So land began to be exchanged.
- Neil Abercrombie

I, for one, begin with intent.
There is no question that, Saddam Hussein had intent
to do harm to the Western alliance and to the United States of America.
- Tommy Franks

We have become the charnel house of the Western World.
- William Kunstler

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

Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be
delivered by Western Union.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Because normally with Western cuisine,
you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat,
so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.
- Martin Yan

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

Any story that Billy Wilder told, you can tell in a Western.
- Lawrence Kasdan

If you want to send a message, try Western Union.
- Frank Capra

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character,
and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years,
these are portrayed as awful figures.
- Michael Novak

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

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

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries -
like France,
Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

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

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

In the long winter evenings he talked to Ma about the Western country.
In the West the land was level, and there were no trees.
The grass grew thick and high.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

Because people of color will definitely,
definitely become the power base in the Western Hemisphere.
- Edward James Olmos

There's only two kinds of music I don't like...
Country and Western.
- Bobby Heenan

Finally, I have to say that the most surprising aspect
has been the speed at which the folks in India adapt to Western practices.
They learn fast, really, really fast.
- Sanjay Kumar

But I never worked with a northern horse before.
They are very different from western horses.
- Julie Benz

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism,
is a sign of one representing the community,
it's not unique at all.
- Joseph Jarman

The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the
totality of creative energy.
This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
- Stanislav Grof

A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
- John Milius

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

The hero of the book does long to experience God.
But his conception of God is very western.
- Orhan Pamuk

I'm crazy about westerns.
I need to do a western once in a while.
It's like you know, eating bread, eating pasta,
drinking wine.
It's in my blood.
I need it.
- Franco Nero

I mix Indian instruments with Western instruments all the time.
- Satyajit Ray

Country and western is the music of the devil.
That's the real truth of the matter.
My late Mother, bless her, loved country and western.
God, I couldn't handle it.
- Rick Wakeman

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

Everytime someone ends a prayer in the Western world they say Amen -
that is the name of an Egyptian god associated with completion.
So we're still praying to their gods.
- Whitley Strieber

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

If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ
in color for a full hour,
there would be a considerable number of stations
which would decline to carry it on the grounds
that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.
- Edward R. Murrow

In spite of this fact, the Western powers have never
given sufficient importance to the Muslim world.
They have always been inclined to treat it as a big
backward and lethargic child.
- Aly Khan

I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot;
but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.
- Katharine Whitehorn

The domination of western values, beliefs and way of
life has angered many from the east and in developing countries.
- Silvia Cartwright


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