It's a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone, hidden only God knows where.— James Clavell
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Patience means restraining yourself. There are seven emotions, Joy, anger, anxiety, adoration, grief, fear, and hate. If a man doesn't give way to these, he's patient. I'm not as strong as I might be but I'm patient.
So much of 'normal, civilized' life is bull that you can't imagine.
.. What frightens you, doesn't frighten me, what frightens me, you'd laugh at.
To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world.
If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline and training is all about.
I write short stories. They may appear big in size, but when you consider it, they're four or five novels in one... In return for picking up one of my books, I'm trying to give them value for their money... the goal of writing any book is to create the illusion that what you are reading is reality and you're part of it.
Guard yourself and your conscience no one else will and know that a bad decision at the right time can destroy you far more surely than any bullet!
How beautiful life is and how sad! How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now.
The search for the truth is the most important work in the whole world - and the most dangerous.
Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life - Shogun.
What are clouds, but an excuse for the sky? What is life, but an escape from death?
Of what real value is a title? The power is the only important thing
You never know . . . that's what makes life interesting.
And Adam ruled, for he was the King. Until the day his will to be King deserted him. Then he died, food for a stronger. And the strongest was always the King, not by strength alone, but King by cunning and luck and strength together. Among the rats.
Love is a Christian word, Anjin-san. Love is a Christian thought, a Christian ideal. We have no word for 'love' as I understand you to mean it. Duty, loyalty, honor, respect, desire, those words and thoughts are what we have, all that we need.
The more I know, the more sure I am I know so little. The eternal paradox.
Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san. patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don't give way to the seven, you're patient, then you'll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.
.., by universal custom, your enemy is never more polite than when he is planning or has planned your destruction.
You've commited murder just as much as Helene did.
You killed a fly with a human head. She killed a human with a fly head.
Changi became my university instead of my prison.
Among the inmates there were experts in all walks of life - the high and the low roads. I studied and absorbed everything I could from physics to counterfeiting, but most of all I learned the art of surviving.
All stories have a beginning, a middle and an ending, and if they're any good, the ending is a beginning.
Anger is something you should only vent in front of intimates, and friends and relations. Never be angry in front of strangers because you lose face.
God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible.
What you do with strangers is ignore them for.
No second chance, no sorry I did it, never accept an apology, but never, ever get angry with strangers.
There is no dignity for either the sufferer or the torturer
Life and death are the same...Leave karma to karma.
Anger is one of the most intimate of emotions and to expose it to strangers is one of the most stupid and sickening things to do. Never get angry with strangers because they are strangers.
Isn't it only laughter we can stay human?
Isn't man but a blossom taken by wind, and only the mountains and the sea and the stars and this land of the gods everlasting?
How can a man be so brave and so stupid, so gentle and so cruel, so warming and so detestable -- all at the same time?
Wars are fought by teenagers, you realize that.
They really ought to be fought by the politicians and old people who start these wars.
Horses are far worse than men for treachery.
First the priests arrive. Then the conquistadores.
It's always important to take time to study men -- important men. Friends and enemies.
Changi for me - of course it's easy to be wise after the event, and to discuss it cleverly after the event - was about as near as you can get to being dead and still be alive.
What can I do to help thee?" he asked. "Believe there is a tomorrow.
Christ, it's so good to be alive.
The scarcity of years does not necessitate lack of wisdom.
Blackthorne, beside the gates, was still turmoiled by his boundless joy at her reprieve and he remembered how his own will had been stretched that night of his near-seppuku, when he had had to get up as a man and walk home as a man unsupported, and became samurai. And he watched her, despising the need for this courage, yet understanding it, even honoring it.
Isn’t it only through laughter that we become one with the gods and thus can endure life and can overcome all the horror and waste and suffering here on earth? …Isn’t it only through laughter we can stay human?
Why is she afraid?" he asked. "She's not Anjin-san. Just a little nervous. Please excuse her. She's never seen a foreigner close to before." "Tell her when the moon's full, barbarians sprout horns and fire comes out of our mouths like dragons.