Okakura Kakuzō

«Our standards of morality are begotten of the past needs of society, but is society to remain always the same?»

Okakura Kakuzō


«Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their colour; their pigments are our emotions; their chiaroscuro the light of joy, the shadow of sadness. The masterpiece is of ourselves, as we are of the masterpiece.»

Okakura Kakuzō


«Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.»

Okakura Kakuzō


«True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incomplete.»

Okakura Kakuzō


«Fain would we remain barbarians, if our claim to civilization were to be based on the gruesome glory of war.»

Okakura Kakuzō


«Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.»

Okakura Kakuzō


«People are not taught to be really virtuous, but to behave properly.»

Okakura Kakuzō