Some quotes from Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha:
Was life nothing more than a storm that constantly washed away what had been there only a moment before and left behind something barren and unrecognizable?
If a few minutes of suffering could make me so angry, what would years of it do? Even a stone can be worn down with enough rain.
We lead our lives like water flowing down on a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.
This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes consume us completely.
I stumbled out into the courtyard to try to flee my misery, but of course we can never flee the misery that is within us.
…Stumbling along in life is a poor way to succeed. You must learn to find the time and place for things. A mouse who wishes to fool the cat doesn’t simply scamper out of its hole when it feels the slightest urge.
Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.
Sometimes, we get through adversity only by imagining what the world would be like if our dreams should ever come true.