Arthur Golden

Quotes: Arthur Golden

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    Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
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    Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
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    Hopes are like hair ornaments. Girls want to wear too many of them. When they become old women they look silly wearing even one.
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    I don't like things held up before me that I cannot have.
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    I don't think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.
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    I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha.
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    I worried she might spend an afternoon chatting with me about the sights and then wish me best of luck.
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    It is confusing, because in this culture we really don't have anything that corresponds to geisha.
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    Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
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    Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.
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    This character's entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn't recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn't read, because she doesn't read English.
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    This time all the historical details and things were right. But I'd written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away.
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    We can never flee the misery that is within us.
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    What I had to do was keep the story within certain limits of what was, of course, plausible.
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    What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?
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