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Lafcadio Hearn Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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

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Any idealism is a proper subject for art.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am told that there is a proverbial phrase among the Inuit:
'A long time ago,
in the future.' Let the children see our history,
and maybe it will help to shape the future.
- Romeo LeBlanc

There is still nothing on the proverbial scoreboard.
- John Motson

My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning,
and later with chemistry in early high school and the
proverbial home chemistry set.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

In all of his bestsellers, the Divine has told the truth,
custom-tailored to the comprehension of the times.
- Ernest Holmes

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis

Life is about more than today, and more than yourself.
What will your legacy be?
What will your great-grandchildren be told about you?
Creating a legacy does not have to be a burden,
it can be your joy and can create
your satisfaction with living each day.
What kind of world do you want to leave your great-grandchildren?
What can you do today to help create that world?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

My father always told me that
all businessmen were sons of bitches,
but I never believed it till now.
- John F. Kennedy

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a 'bus movie.'
- Sandra Bullock

When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation,
he offered to touch-up my X-rays.
- Henny Youngman

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.
It's not.
Mine had me trained in two days.
- Bill Dana

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

I want to have children, but my friends scare me.
One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours.
I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
- Rita Rudner

I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet,
so he gave me pep pills.
Know what happened? I ate faster.
- Joe E. Lewis

I know that God made the whole world in 4004 BC.
I know because my preacher told me. He's a good man.
He's even saving up all the money we give him
to go to bible college someday.
- Anonymous Humor

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life.
My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.
- Chief Joseph

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

John Candy knew he was going to die.
He told me on his 40th birthday.
He said, well, Maureen, I'm on borrowed time.
- Maureen O'Hara

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that
I was the most precious thing in his life.
- Dawn French

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year.
I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."
- Claude Pepper

I have never been a material girl.
My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
- Imelda Marcos

Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours,
I must look her straight in the eyes.
- Prince Charles

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

I've told my children that when I die,
to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated.
For me, death is a graduation.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a
good defense cannot beat a better offense.'
In other words a good offense wins.
- Dan Quayle

When I testified in front of Congress,
I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth.
- Rafael Palmeiro


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