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In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.
When there is an understanding of fear, there is an understanding of all the problems related to that fear. When there is no fear there is freedom.
You realize that life is short and fragile; and when you are facing walls of water, you understand your own mortality can change and how quickly things could change.
Remember, one who enjoys more is bound to suffer more because he becomes very sensitive. But suffering is not bad. If you understand it rightly, suffering is a cleansing. If you understand it rightly, sadness has a depth to it which no happiness can ever have. A person who is simply happy is always superficial. A person who has not known sorrow and has not known sadness, has not known the depths. He has not touched the bottom of his being; he has remained just on the periphery. One has to move within these two banks. Within these two banks flows the river.
Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President's widow?
Do not fight fear; learn from it, understand it, watch it, be in touch with it.
I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility.
Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
Letter to Marie Winteler: You mean more to my soul than the whole world did before, the 'insignificant silly sweetheart that knows nothing and understands nothing.'
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It is one of the most difficult things to listen-to listen to the communist, to the socialist, to the congressman, to the capitalist, to anybody, to your wife, to your children, to your neighbor, to the bus conductor, to the bird-just to listen. It is only when you listen without the idea, without thought, that you are directly in contact; and being in contact, you will understand whether what he is saying is true or false; you do not have to discuss.
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