Yukio Mishima was born 14 January 1925, and died 25 November 1970
- Insensitive people are only upset when they actually see blood. Yet, by the time that blood has been shed, the tragedy is already completed.
- All my life I have been acutely aware of a contradiction in the very nature of my existence. For forty-five years I struggled to resolve this dilemma by writing plays and novels. The more I wrote, the more I realised mere words were not enough. So I found another form of expression.
- At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it.
- Dreams, memories, the sacred—they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.
- When silence is prolonged over a certain period of time, it takes on new meaning.
Mishima was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director.
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