Yukio Mishima Quotes

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  • It is a common failing of childhood to think that if one makes a hero out of a demon the demon will be satisfied.

    Yukio Mishima (1958). “Confessions of a Mask”, p.107, New Directions Publishing
  • The special quality of hell is to see everything clearly down to the last detail.

    Yukio Mishima (2011). “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, p.92, Tuttle Publishing
  • Beauty is something that burns the hand when you touch it.

  • Nobody even imagines how well one can lie about the state of one’s own heart.

    Yukio Mishima (1969). “Thirst for love”, Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Mine was the unbearable jealousy a cultured pearl must feel toward a genuine one. Or can there be such a thing in this world as a man who is jealous of the woman who loves him, precisely because of her love?

    Yukio Mishima (1958). “Confessions of a Mask”, p.208, New Directions Publishing
  • For an artist to do creative work, he needs at once physical health and some physiomental ill health. He needs both serenity and gloom.

  • Within those confining walls, teachers - a bunch of men all armed with the same information - gave the same lectures every year from the same notebooks and every year at the same point in the textbooks made the same jokes.

    "Acts of Worship: Seven Stories (Cigarette)". Book by Yukio Mishima, November 1, 2002.
  • Was I ignorant, then, when I was seventeen? I think not. I knew everything. A quarter-century's experience of life since then has added nothing to what I knew. The one difference is that at seventeen I had no 'realism'.

  • if the world changed, i could not exist, and if i changed, the world could not exist

    Yukio Mishima (2011). “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, p.87, Tuttle Publishing
  • Is there not a sort of remorse that precedes sin? Was it remorse at the very fact that I existed?

    Yukio Mishima (1958). “Confessions of a Mask”, p.144, New Directions Publishing
  • Glory, as anyone knows, is bitter stuff.

  • If the photographer is to create works that will stand for his spirit in the same way as artists in other genres, he must first - having no ready-made, abstract components such as works and sounds - supply other means to abstraction instead.

  • Amid the moon and the stars, amid the clouds of the night, amid the hills which bordered on the sky with their magnificent silhouette of pointed cedars, amid the speckled patches of the moon, amid the temple buildings that emerged sparkling white out of the surrounding darkness - amid all this, I was intoxicated by the pellucid beauty of Uiko's treachery.

    Yukio Mishima (2011). “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, p.29, Tuttle Publishing
  • ...of all the kinds of decay in this world, decadent purity is the most malignant.

    Yukio Mishima (1958). “Confessions of a Mask”, p.72, New Directions Publishing
  • According to Eshin's Essentials of Salvation, the Ten Pleasures are but a drop in the ocean when compared to the joys of the Pure Land.

    Yukio Mishima (1966). “Death in Midsummer, and Other Stories”, p.59, New Directions Publishing
  • I still have no way to survive but to keep writing one line, one more line, one more line.

  • I cried sobbingly until at last those visions reeking with blood came to comfort me. And then I surrendered myself to them, to those deplorably brutal visions, my most intimate friends.

  • The images which the [press] photographer has filtered from reality, whether particular events or the anguish of human reactions to them, already bear a stamp of authenticity which the photographer is powerless to alter by one jot or tittle; the meaning of the objects, by a process of purification, itself becomes the theme of the work.

  • He had never looked forward to the wisdom and other vaunted benefits of old age. Would he be able to die young—and if possible free of all pain? A graceful death—as a richly patterned kimono, thrown carelessly across a polished table, slides unobtrusively down into the darkness of the floor beneath. A death marked by elegance.

    Pain   Darkness   Age  
    Yukio Mishima (1990). “Spring Snow”, Vintage
  • The purest evil that human efforts could attain, in other words, was probably achieved by those men who made their wills the same and who made their eyes see the world in the same way, men who went against the pattern of life's diversity, men whose spirits shattered the natural wall of the individual body, making nothing of this barrier, set up to guard against mutual corrosion, men whose spirit accomplished what flesh could never accomplish.

    "Runaway Horses". Book by Yukio Mishima translated by Michael Gallagher, 1973.
  • 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. After that, there remains only the journey itself, which is nothing but the process through which we lose our ownership of it.

    Yukio Mishima (1958). “Confessions of a Mask”, p.118, New Directions Publishing
  • We live in an age in which there is no heroic death.

  • Beyond doubt, there was a certain splendor in pain, which bore a deep affinity to the splendor that lies hidden within strength.

    Pain  
  • What transforms this world is - knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.

    "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion". Book by Yukio Mishima, 1959.
  • A father is a reality-concealing machine, a machine for dishing up lies to kids, and that isn't even the worst of it: secretly he believes that he represents reality.

  • The mind, by its very nature, persistently tries to live forever, resisting age and attempting to give itself a form... . When a person passes his prime and his life begins to lose true vigor and charm, his mind starts functioning as if it were another form of life; it imitates what life does, eventually doing what life cannot do.

    Giving   Forever   Mind  
  • We are not wounded so deeply when betrayed by the things we hope for as when betrayed by things we try our best to despise. In such betrayal comes the dagger in the back.

  • As usual, it occurred to me that words were the only thing that could possibly save me from this situation. This was a characteristic misunderstanding on my part. When action was needed, I was absorbed in words; for words proceeded with such difficulty from my mouth that I was intent on them and forgot all about action. It seemed to me that actions, which are dazzling, varied things, must always be accompanied by equally dazzling and equally varied words.

    Yukio Mishima (2011). “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, p.25, Tuttle Publishing
  • I had long since insisted upon interpreting the things that Fate forced me to do as victories of my own will and intelligence, and now this bad habit had grown into a sort of frenzied arrogance. In the nature of what I was calling my intelligence there was a touch of something illegitimate, a touch of the sham pretender who has been placed on the throne by some freak chance. This dolt of a usurper could not foresee the revenge that would inevitably be wreaked upon his stupid despotism.

    "Confessions of a Mask". Book by Yukio Mishima, 1949.
  • Other people must be destroyed. In order that I might truly face the sun, the world itself must be destroyed.

    Yukio Mishima (2011). “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, p.26, Tuttle Publishing
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