Sei Shonagon

Sei Shonagon

was a Japanese author and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period
" 134. Letters are Commonplace
Letters are commonplace enough, yet what splendid things they are! When someone is in a distant province and one is worried about him, and then a letter suddenly arrives, one feels as though one were seeing him face to face. Again, it is a great comfort to have expressed one's feelings in a letter even though one knows it cannot yet have arrived. If letters did not exist, what dark depressions would come over one! When one has been worrying about something and wants to tell a certain person about it, what a relief it is to put it all down in a letter! Still greater is one's joy when a reply arrives. At that moment a letter really seems like an elixir of life."
Sei Shōnagon (The Pillow Book) More Sei Shonagon quotes [08/05/2011 11:08:17]
If someone with whom one is having an affair keeps on mentioning some woman whom he knew in the past, however long ago it is since they separated, one is always irritated.More Sei Shonagon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Pleasing things: finding a large number of tales that one has not read before. Or acquiring the second volume of a tale whose first volume one has enjoyed. But often it is a disappointment.More Sei Shonagon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One is telling a story about old times when someone breaks in with a little detail that he happens to know, implying that one's own version is inaccurate — disgusting behavior!More Sei Shonagon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In life there are two things which are dependable. The pleasures of the flesh and the pleasures of literature.More Sei Shonagon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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