Ruth Ozeki Quotes

Ruth Ozeki Quotes

An unfinished book. left unattended, turns feral, and she would need all her focus, will and ruthless determination to tame it again.

For the time being
Words scatter
Are they fallen leaves?

Live. For Now. For the time being.

I have a pretty good memory, but memories are time beings, too, like cherry blossoms or ginkgo leaves; for a while they are beautiful, and then they fade and die.

I felt so stupid and young, and at the same time something was cracking open inside me, or maybe it was the world was cracking open to show me something really important underneath. I knew I was only seeing a tiny bit of it, but it was bigger than anything I'd ever seen or felt before.

When you beat a drum, you create NOW, when silence becomes a sound so enormous and alive it feels like you're breathing in the clouds and the sky, and your heart is the rain and the thunder.

Time plays tricks on mothers. It teases you with breaks and brief caesuras, only to skip wildly forward, bringing breathtaking changes to your baby's body. Only he wasn't a baby anymore, and how often did I have to learn that? The lessons were painful.

We were soldiers, but even before we were showed how to kill our enemies, they taught us how to kill ourselves.

No matter how much bullying they inflict on my body, as long as I have this hope, I can endure any pain.

Do all kids have to worry about their parents’ mental health? The way society is set up, parents are supposed to be the grown-up ones and look after the kids, but a lot of times it’s the other way around.

True freedom comes from being unknown.

Like a small boat adrift in the fog, she caught glimpses during patches when the mist cleared of a world far away, in which everything was changing.

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