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Matsuo Bashō 松尾 芭蕉

1644 – 1694 CE

The most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan and still internationally renowned and recognized as the greatest master of haiku, Bashō left his samurai status, urban fame and fortune to wander throughout Japan writing poetry. During periods of history in Japan, criticizing his poetry was considered blasphemous and many of his poems are reproduced on monuments. Some scholars believe he invented haiku and his verse greatly influenced Ezra Pound, the Imagists, and Beat Generation poets.


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Quotes by Matsuo Bashō (8 quotes)

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

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

Themes: Enlightenment

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“No matter where your interest lies, you will not be able to accomplish anything unless you bring your deepest devotion to it.”

Chapters: 27. No Trace

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“Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

Themes: Poetry

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“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.”

Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Wu Wei

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“When a country is defeated, there remain only mountains and rivers, and on a ruined castle in spring only grasses thrive. I sat down on my hat and wept bitterly till I almost forgot time.
A thicket of summer grass
Is all that remains
Of the dreams and ambitions
Of ancient warriors.”

Chapters: 30. No War

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“Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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“Oh, how splendid! The sunlight on the young, green leaves”

Themes: Sacred World

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“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”

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