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Basho Quotes



Quotes by Basho - (18 quotes)

Matsuo Basho - From the Activity category:

Go to the object. Leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself. Do not impose yourself on the object. Become one with the object. Plunge deep enough into the object to see something like a hidden glimmering there. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Change category:

With every gust of wind, the butterfly changes its place on the willow. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Commitment category:

No matter where your interest lies, you will not be able to accomplish anything unless you bring your deepest devotion to it. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Desire category:

Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Doubt category:

In this poor body... So it has been from the very start, never finding peace with itself, always doubting the worth of what it makes. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Fire category:

The moon is brighter since the barn burned. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Immortality category:

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Journey category:

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Journey category:

Come, butterfly / It's late - / We've miles to go together. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Knowledge category:

Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in doing so, you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself. Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and you do not learn. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Listening category:

Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Poetry category:

Real poetry is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Renewal category:

Operating superficially, the mind is random in its activity and stale in its insights and images. However, with practice and experience the mind is freed from the skull, and the fresh and new can appear as though for the first time. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Repose category:

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, / Spring comes, and the grass grows, / by itself. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Rules category:

Learn the rules, and then forget them. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Searching category:

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Silence category:

The desire to break the silence with constant human noise is, I believe, precisely an avoidance of the sacred terror of that divine encounter. (Matsuo Basho)

Matsuo Basho - From the Universe category:

Make the universe your companion, always bearing in mind the true nature of things - mountains and rivers, trees and grasses, and humanity - and enjoy the falling blossoms and the scattering leaves. (Matsuo Basho)