Basho

Basho Quotes:


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Seek not the paths of the ancients;
Seek that which the ancients sought.


He who creates three to five haiku poems during a lifetime is a haiku poet. He who attains to completes ten is a master.


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The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of.


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Sabi is the color of the poem. It does not necessarily refer to the poem that describes a lonely scene. If a man goes to war wearing stout armor or to a party dressed up in gay clothes, and if this man happens to be an old man, there is something lonely about him. Sabi is something like that.


Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.


The summer grasses—
For many brave warriors
The aftermath of dreams.


The old pond:
A frog jumps in,—
The sound of the water.


There is nothing you can see that is not a flower;
There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.


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