Quotes from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House

Kamo no Chōmei ·  127 pages

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“The flow of the river is ceaseless; and its water is never the same.
The foam that floats in the pools
Now gathering, now vanishing
Never lasts long. So it is with man
and all his dwelling places on this earth.”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


“Reality depends upon your mind alone.[34] If your mind is not at peace what use are riches?”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


“Men of means have much to fear. Those with none know only bitterness. If you entrust yourself to the care of others you will be owned by them. If you care for others you will be enslaved by your own solicitude. If you conform to the world it will bind you hand and foot. If you do not, then it will think you mad. And so the question, where should we live? And how? Where to find a place to rest a while? And how to bring even short-lived peace to our hearts?”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


“Reality depends upon your mind alone.[34]”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


“The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve. And like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House



“Then, pilgrim, turn, thy cares forego; All earth-born cares are wrong: Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


“Ei kukaan voi omistaa kaunista näkymää eikä mikään estä siitä iloitsemista.”
― Kamo no Chōmei, quote from Hojoki: Ten Foot Square House


About the author

Kamo no Chōmei
Born place: in Japan
Born date December 4, 1154
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