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Japanese Garden Quotes


"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"The Japanese garden is a very important tool in Japanese architectural design because, not only is a garden traditionally included in any house design, the garden itself also reflects a deeper set of cultural meanings and traditions. Whereas the English garden seeks to make only an aesthetic impression, the Japanese garden is both aesthetic and reflective. The most basic element of any Japanese garden design comes from the realization that every detail has a significant value." - E. J. W. Barber

"The Japanese are hard to figure out." - Jerry Garcia

"I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

"Japanese food makes me feel particularly good." - David Mitchell

"I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me." - Robert Brault

"Garden work clears the mind." - Joanne Harris

"My garden, by the sea" - Stefan Szczesny

"In order to comprehend the beauty of a Japanese garden, it is necessary to understand - or at least to learn to understand - the beauty of stone." - Lafcadio Hearn

"We played every bar, party, pub, hotel lounge, church hall, mining town - places that made Mad Max territory look like a Japanese garden." - Michael Hutchence

"The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature." - Isamu Noguchi

"I play around with my Japanese Garden. Since Im half way to 70 today I need to start pruning trees and sharpening plants like an old fart." - Jason Bateman

"I'm not American. I still have my Japanese citizenship." - Masi Oka

"I'm just very obsessed with Japanese stuff in general." - Grimes

"You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios." - Gordon Sinclair

"I especially love French, Italian and Japanese cuisines." - Eva Herzigova

"I've been missing Japanese literature so much of late." - Utada Hikaru

"I have a lot of Japanese friends: I grew up in Vancouver, and there's this huge Japanese population over there." - Grimes

"The Japanese press likes me a lot, but the problem is the Japanese government. It's very bureaucratic." - Shuji Nakamura

"To garden is a solitary act." - Michelle Cliff

"A garden always has a point." - Elizabeth Hoyt

"I love a garden and a book." - Eliza Lucas

"Friends are flowers in life's garden." - Okakura Kakuzo

"Our earthly ball a peopled garden." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Everyone should cultivate a secret garden." - Esther Perel

"The garden is the poor man's apothecary." - Proverbs

"My garden is my favorite teacher." - Betsy Canas Garmon

"Learn to cultivate your own garden." - Voltaire

"I never promised you a rose garden." - Traian Basescu

"The Garden State will never leave me." - Richie Sambora

"Every garden presents innumerable fascinating problems." - Winston Churchill

"A good garden may have some weeds." - Thomas Fuller

"This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden." - Rumi

"We were in negotiations, but then the Japanese side suspended them unilaterally. Now, at the request of our Japanese partners, we have reopened these talks." - Vladimir Putin

"Walking around an early spring garden- going nowhere." - Kyoshi Takahama

"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden

"My garden is the most beautiful thing in the world." - Josephine de Beauharnais

"Where humanity sowed faith, hope, and unity, joy's garden blossomed." - Aberjhani

"If you rest too long the weeds take the garden." - Jim Rohn

"Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage." - Henry David Thoreau

"Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow" - Paulo Coelho

"Cares melt when you kneel in your garden." - Okakura Kakuzo

"A garden is a friend you can visit any time." - Okakura Kakuzo

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." - Audrey Hepburn

"Where humanity sowed faith, hope, and unity, joy's garden blossomed." - Aberjhani

"A garden should feel like a walk in the woods." - Dan Kiley

"I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating" - Mike Tyson

"How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?" - P T Barnum

"Feare keepes the garden better then the gardiner." - George Herbert

"Success is buried in the garden of failure." - Rick Wakeman

"Excellently observed", answered Candide; "but let us cultivate our garden." - Voltaire

"In a well-made garden every day is new." - Allen Lacy

"A garden is not a picture, but a language." - Henry Mitchell

"Marriage is a garden that I'm constantly growing in." - Stacey King

"You can solve all the world's problems in a garden." - Geoff Lawton

"The toad, without which no garden would be complete." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?" - Betsy Canas Garmon

"A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart." - Anonymous

"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden." - Bible

"A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!" - Thomas Edward Brown

"And this, my lovely child, is your garden." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"Winter garden, the moon thinned to a thread, insects singing." - Matsuo Basho

"God the first garden made, and the first city Cain." - Abraham Cowley

"Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too." - William Cowper

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own." - Alice Walker

"I did a salad, but I didn't do a garden." - Roberto Burle Marx

"A garden is half made when it is well planned." - Liberty Hyde Bailey

"Give me fifty DC-3's and the Japanese can have the Burma Road." - Chiang Kai-shek

"What kind of people do they [the Japanese] think we are?" - Winston Churchill

"If the Japanese are so smart, why do they eat with sticks?" - Jerry Lawler

"Part of the reason some Japanese companies have underperformed financially was corporate governance and board structures." - Jamie Dimon

"We've seen the volatility at dollar-yen, U.S. Treasurys, JGBs (Japanese government bonds), German bunds." - Jamie Dimon

"I've got lots of weird illustrations of me from Japanese fans." - Jamie Bell

"I look like I'm Chinese or Thai or Japanese - very different." - Mary Kom

"I am an admirer of haiku, and I'm a great admirer of Japanese literature in general." - Richard Flanagan

"My CIA godfather told me he'd never heard any American speak Japanese so well." - Steven Seagal

"The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had." - David Rockefeller

"God bless the universe, God bless Japanese, Chinese, Indians, all of them, and let's have peace." - Mickey Rooney

"But in Japanese, there's actually not much of a relationship between the music and the words." - Utada Hikaru

"I also have some Chinese weapons, but I like the Japanese sword the best." - Kelly Hu

"If you are a garden plant you are regarded; well regarded, just as long as you stay in the garden." - Davies Gilbert

"It is not the gardener that makes the garden. It is the garden that makes the gardener." - Alan Chadwick

"Zen is to religion what a Japanese "rock garden" is to a garden. Zen knows no god, no afterlife, no good and no evil, as the rock-garden knows no flowers, herbs or shrubs. It has no doctrine or holy writ: its teaching is transmitted mainly in the form of parables as ambiguous as the pebbles in the rock-garden which symbolise now a mountain, now a fleeting tiger. When a disciple asks "What is Zen?", the master's traditional answer is "Three pounds of flax" or "A decaying noodle" or "A toilet stick" or a whack on the pupil's head." - Arthur Koestler

"When anyone hurts us, my wife and I sit in our Japanese sand garden and drink iced tea. There are five stone in the garden - for sky, wind, fire, water, and earth. We sit and think of five of the nicest things we can about the person who hurt us. If he hurts us a second time, we do the same thing. The third time, we light a candle, and he is, for us, dead." - Red Skelton

"Object in/ and space - the first impulse may be to give the object - a position - to place the object. (The object had a position to begin with.) Next - to change the position of the object. - Rauschenberg's early sculptures - A board with some rocks on it. The rocks can be anywhere on the board. - Cage's Japanese rock garden - The rocks can be anywhere (within the garden)..." - Jasper Johns

"No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience." - J Carter Brown

"We do all that [ represent companies], because we have a lot of research in Japanese companies, and that research educates investors around the world. It allows us to sell stocks and bonds in Japanese companies." - Jamie Dimon

"It is simply that we treat Japanese history, the history of the Japanese people and its unique culture with greater respect and interest. This generates enormous interest in Russia!" - Vladimir Putin

"There's a long history of anthropomorphic animals in Japanese literature. The so-called 'funny animal scrolls' were the first narratives in Japanese history, and the heroes of many folk tales have animals as their companions." - Stan Sakai

"After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings." - Harry Seidler

"I love the Japanese director Shohei Imamura. His masterpiece in 1979 called, the English title was 'Vengeance is Mine." - Bong Joon-ho

"If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode." - Jackie Chan

"How sweet Japanese woman is! All the possibilities of the race for goodness seem to be concentrated in her." - Lafcadio Hearn

"I notice that teams are now more interested in Japanese players than when I first went to Europe." - Hidetoshi Nakata

"The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War." - Kenzaburo Oe

"My life was very Japanese." - Bryan Clay

"It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also." - Townsend Harris

"The President of the United States thinks that for the Japanese opium is more dangerous than war." - Townsend Harris

"I didn't understand the American fascination with the Japanese schoolgirl. No, I don't think I can, really." - Chiaki Kuriyama

"What resonates culturally with me about Japanese style is that it is very covered up but very sensual." - Lwren Scott

"My mother lived in Holland, and during World War II was incarcerated in a Japanese camp for three years." - Jane Seymour

"When I was at U.C.L.A., I decided I was going to go to Japan and learn Japanese." - Natalie Massenet

"The Japanese actually approach the music on a high level. It's always been on a high level." - Billy Higgins

"'Memoirs of a Geisha' is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot." - Stephen Hunter

"Most Americans, like most Japanese, view their dogs, cats, and other animal companions as family members, and rightly so." - Ingrid Newkirk

"From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens - the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind's eye." - Katharine Sergeant Angell White

"Inside each one of us is a beautiful flower garden. This is the garden of the soul. With each lesson we learn, the garden grows. As we learn together, our individual gardens form a tranquil paradise." - Sri Chinmoy

"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." - Abram L. Urban

"If you've seen 'Spirited Away', 'Spirited Away' is set in a very, very Japanese sensibility. And so, to Japanese audiences, when Sen would walk up, the main character, and look at this big building with a flag on it with Japanese writing on it, everyone in Japan would know what that is." - John Lasseter

"I travel a lot. Japanese culture is very ancient and very strong. That's why most people who commission work from Japanese architects expect them to create works that have an element of exoticism, the kind typical of Japanese culture. I don't do that." - Shigeru Ban

"Tell me what is sorrow? It is a garden-bed. And what is joy? It is a little rose, Which in that garden grows." - Richard Henry Stoddard

"In looking back we remember only the triumphant consummations of each season. Failures and frustrations are forgotten; garden-memories are as perfect as garden-hopes." - Patience Strong

"Sitting in your garden is a feat to be worked at with unflagging determination and single-mindedness. . . . I am deeply committed to sitting in the garden." - Mirabel Osler

"It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional." - Robert Brault

"Eventually my goal is get a place in Ojai where I can have animals and a big garden. Just drink wine all day and hang in my garden." - Michelle Branch

"I've been trying to garden all my life - it just happens that I haven't had a big garden until the past few years." - Claire Tomalin

"I hate roses. Don't you? It's all right if you can hide them in a cutting garden, but I think a rose garden is the height of ick." - Cy Twombly

"The single Rose Is now the Garden Where all loves end" - T S Eliot

"All that in this delightful garden grows should happy be and have immortal bliss." - Edmund Spenser

"A garden is one of the few expressions of man's nature that is altogether benign." - Nan Fairbrother

"Nationalism cannot flower if it does not grow in the garden of internationalism." - Sukarno

"Nature abhors a garden." - Michael Pollan

"To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"you mustn't rely on your flowers to make your garden attractive. A good bone structure must come first, with an intelligent use of evergreen plants so that the garden is always clothed, no matter what time of year. Flowers are an added delight, but a good garden is the garden you enjoy looking at even in the depths of winter." - Margery Fish

"Hee that is in a Taverne thinkes he is in a vine-garden." - George Herbert

"Beauty is the garden scent of roses, murmuring water flowing gently...Can words describe the indescribable?" - Rumi

"For children, most importantly, being in the garden is something magical." - Fritjof Capra

"What is love without passion? - A garden without flowers, a hat without feathers, tobogganing without snow." - Lady Randolph Churchill

"Man must be a co-worker with God in making this earth a garden." - Joseph Hertz

"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures." - Francis Bacon

"Cabbage, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head." - Ambrose Bierce

"Europe cannot confine itself to the cultivation of its own garden." - Juan Carlos

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

"In the garden of thy heart, plant naught but the rose of love." - Baha'u'llah

"Garden making, like gardening itself, concerns the relationship of the human being to his natural surroundings." - Russell Page

"If the devil ever raised a garden, the Everglades was it." - James Carlos Blake

"The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination." - Thomas Church

"And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"I was born in a lovely white house with a garden." - Judy Garland

"An ordinary visit to a beautiful garden always creates an extraordinary time!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Wherever the Legionary's hand and soul show up, a garden appears." - Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

"In the garden of gentle sanity, May you be bombarded by the coconuts of wakefulness." - Chogyam Trungpa

"Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures." - Anonymous

"Rose of the Garden! such is woman's lot - Worshipp'd while blooming - when she fades, forgot." - Thomas Moore

"A garden must be lookt unto and drest as the body." - George Herbert

"He shall find the rugged thistle bursting Into glossy purples, that outredden All voluptuous garden roses." - Alfred Tennyson

"Why should (need) a man die who has sage in his garden?" - Anonymous

"If heaven send no supplies, The fairest blossom of the garden dies." - William Blake



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