It was the poet Basho who wrote:
Listen! a frog
Jumping into the silence
Of an ancient pond!*
Yet the phenomenon of a frog jumping into a pond must have been seen by many others. Down through the ages and in the whole world, Watt and Newton cannot have been the only ones to notice the steam from a boiling kettle or observe an apple fall.
Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster.
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
~ Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (1933 – )
Japanese Author and Former Talk-Show Host
Asia’s first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
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mizu no oto
Beauty Is Made For Those Who See
~ Rumi, 13th century Persian poet
The Definition of Talent and Originality
~ Gustave Flaubert, French novelist
~ Julia Lahitte, Grade 6 student
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