Murasaki Shikibu


Murasaki Shikibu (10th-11th century)

“The heart decides what is to become of us. The great-hearted have great good fortune, and likewise the pusillanimous. Those who rise high have little peace, the reckless do not last, and those whose hearts are meek and mild are most likely to endure.”

  •  From Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji (chapter 35), translated by Royall Tyler (Penguin Classics, 2003).

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