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Kakuzo Okakura

Datum narození: 26. prosinec 1862
Datum úmrtí: 2. září 1913

Kakuzo Okakura byl japonský vědec, čajový expert.


„Pravěký muž, přinášeje své milence první květinové věnce, učinil první krok od zvířete. Stal se člověkem, vkročil do říše poezie, neboť pochopil prospěšnosti neužitečného.“

„In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.“ The Book Of Tea


„Tea... is a religion of the art of life.“ The Book of Tea

„Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.“ The Book of Tea

„True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incomplete.“ The Book of Tea

„Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.“

„Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade- all the threads are there, but not the subtlety of colour or design.“ The Book of Tea

„Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their colour; their pigments are our emotions; their chiaroscuro the light of joy, the shadow of sadness. The masterpiece is of ourselves, as we are of the masterpiece.“ The Book of Tea


„The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.“ The Book of Tea

„But when we consider how small after all the cup of human enjoyment is, how soon overflowed with tears, how easily drained to the dregs in our quenchless thirst for infinity, we shall not blame ourselves for making so much of the tea-cup.“ The Book of Tea

„Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.“ The Book of Tea

„People are not taught to be really virtuous, but to behave properly.“ The Book of Tea


„New York City vagrant:
"What sort of 'nese are you people? Are you Chinese, or Japanese, or Javanese?"

Kakuzo Okakura responds:
"We are Japanese gentleman. But what sort of 'key are you? Are you a Yankee, or a donkey, or a monkey?“

„In the liquid amber within the ivory porcelain, the initiated may touch the sweet reticence of Confucius, the piquancy of Laotse, and the ethereal aroma of Sakyamuni himself.“ The Book of Tea

„We are ever brutal to those who love and serve us in silence, but the time may come when, for our cruelty, we shall be deserted by these best friends of ours.“ The Book of Tea

„Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it.“ The Book of Tea

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