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Ihara Saikaku (1642 – 1693)


Japanese poet and creator of the "floating world" genre of Japanese prose.
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Ihara Saikaku
Harshness is for the good of a boy, soft-heartedness will ruin him.
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If we live by subhuman means we might as well never have had the good fortune to be born human.
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Though mothers and fathers give us life, it is money alone which preserves it.




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Like ice beneath the sun's rays to such poverty did he fall...his fortune melted to water.
Saikaku Ihara
Take care! Kingdoms are destroyed by bandits, houses by rats, and widows by suitors.
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The first consideration for all, throughout life, is the earning of a living.
Ihara Saikaku
For each of the four hundred and four bodily ailments celebrated physicians have produced infallible remedies, but the malady which brings the greatest distress to mankind to even the wisest and cleverest of us is the plague of poverty.
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When you send a clerk on business to a distant province, a man of rigid morals is not your best choice.
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Men take their misfortunes to heart, and keep them there. A gambler does not talk about his losses; the frequenter of brothels, who finds his favorite engaged by another, pretends to be just as well off without her; the professional street-brawler is quiet about the fights he has lost; and a merchant who speculates on goods will conceal the losses he may suffer. All act as one who steps on dog dung in the dark.
Saikaku Ihara
There is always something to upset the most careful of human calculations.
Ihara Saikaku
Ancient simplicity is gone...the people of today are satisfied with nothing but finery.




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If making money is a slow process, losing it is quickly done.
Ihara Saikaku
To make a fortune some assistance from fate is essential. Ability alone is insufficient.
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Heaven says nothing, and the whole earth grows rich beneath its silent rule. Men, too, are touched by heaven's virtue; yet, in their greater part, they are creatures of deceit. They are born, it seems, with an emptiness of soul, and must take their qualities wholly from things without. To be born thus empty into this modern age, this mixture of good and ill, and yet steer through life on an honest course to the splendors of success this is a feat reserved for paragons of our kind, a task beyond the nature of the normal man.
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To think twice in every matter and follow the lead of others is no way to make money.
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