02 August 2011

Stake Your Life

"If we look on idly, heaven and earth will never be joined. To join heaven and earth, some decisive deed of purity is necessary. To accomplish so resolute an action, you have to stake your life, giving no thought to personal gain or loss. You have to turn into a dragon and stir up a whirlwind, tear the dark, brooding clouds asunder and soar up into the azure-blue sky."

Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses (1969)


A Super Dilettante said...

What a beautiful quote. Yukio Mishima is an interesting author. I used to read his books when I was growing up. Confessions of a mask was an eye opener for me when I read it as a young man.

Preptard said...

Takes himself a bit seriously, not much of a sense of humour; I bet he topped himself.

Anonymous said...

Bowie, Kubrick and now Mishima. What a relief. I am really loving your blog.