3 Days, 3 Quotes (#1)

Thank you, Megan of Invisible World, for nominating me for this challenge.  In honor of my study abroad in Japan, I shall post quotes relating to Japanese culture in some ways, via authors, art, etc.

Here’s the first one.

ゆく河の流れは絶えずして、
しかももとの水にあらず。

The flow of the rushing river does not cease,

and, moreover, it is no longer the original river it was before.

This is my translation of the first line of Kamo no Choomei’s Hojoki.  It is very similar to Heraclitus’s proverb about not being able to step in the “same river” twice.  It reminds us that humanity is ever-changing, and rarely ever still.  Hardly anything can get in the way of its progress.

So if you think that you’re the same person you are that you were yesterday, think again.

You’re probably not.  And you also don’t have to prove it to anyone either.

You know you best.

I also nominate:

My Seven Devils

Bumble Books

A Writer’s Life for Me

Here are the rules.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote per day).
  3. Nominate three bloggers each day

On to day two.

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