Quote: Ihara Saikaku

Ihara Saikaku

Men take their misfortunes to heart, and keep them there. A gambler does not talk about his losses; the frequenter of brothels, who finds his favourite engaged by another, pretends to be just as well off without her; the professional street brawler is quiet about the fights he lost; and a merchant who speculates on good will conceal the losses he suffer. All act as one who steps on dog dung in the dark.

– “What the Seasons Brought to the Almanac Maker” (1686), via Dogs and Demons – Tales from the Dark Side of Japan.

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