“Pra mim, as pessoas de verdade são aquelas mais apagadas, aquelas menos notadas. As pessoas de verdade são aquelas que independente da solidão em que se encontram, não procuram artifícios artificias para serem o que elas não são. As pessoas de verdade são aquelas que preferem o amargo da solidão a se misturar com gente hipócrita, que prefere correr a mil léguas de gente que só fala asneiras. As pessoas de verdade são aquelas que todo o resto se cansa com facilidade. Talvez eu seja uma pessoa de verdade, nunca precisei forçar nada para ser próxima de ninguém.”
“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?
“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don't read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways. ... It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”
“It is crucial to look deeply at your thoughts and your views. What are you holding on to? Whether you are an artist or a businessperson, a parent or a teacher, you have your views about how to live your life, how to help other people, how to make your country prosperous, and so on. When you are attached to these views, to the idea of right and wrong, then you may be get caught. When your thinking is caught in these views, then you create misunderstanding, anger, and violence. That is what you are becoming in this very moment.
When you are mindful of this and can look deeply, you can produce thoughts that are full of love and understanding.
You can make yourself and the world around you suffer less.