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Essays in Idleness

'Leaving something unfinished makes it incomplete and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth.'

 

A 14th century Japanese essay on Idleness (Tsurezuregusa) by Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko.

 

In the preface to 'Tsurezuregusa' Yoshida Kenko reflects upon his practice of writing;

 

'What a strange, demented feeling it gives me when I realise I have spent whole days before this inkstone, with nothing better to do, jotting down at random whatever nonsensical thoughts that have entered my head.'

 

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Taken on July 22, 2009