Matsuo Bash Quotes

All who have achieved excellence in art possess one thing in common; that is, a mind to be one with nature, throughout the seasons.

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The fact that Saigyo composed a poem that begins, "I shall be unhappy without loneliness," shows that he made loneliness his master.

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He who creates three to five haiku poems during a lifetime is a haiku poet. He who attains to completes ten is a master.

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The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of.

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Who mourns makes grief his master. Who drinks makes pleasure his master.

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Seek not the paths of the ancients; Seek that which the ancients sought.

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There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.

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Travelling, sick My dreams roam On a withered moor.

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Sick on a journey over parched fields dreams wander on.

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How still it is! Stinging into the stones, The locusts' trill.

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The summer grasses Of brave soldiers' dreams The aftermath.

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The passing of spring The birds weep and in the eyes Of fish there are tears.

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