Murasaki Shikibu, aka Lady Murasaki

Murasaki
Shikibu, aka Lady Murasaki
973
c. 1014

Japanese Novelist, Poet and Lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court during the Heian period best known as the author of The Tale of Genji

Author Quotes

Well, we never expected this! they all say. No one liked her. They all said she was pretentious, awkward, difficult to approach, prickly, too fond of her tales, haughty, prone to versifying, disdainful, cantankerous, and scornful. But when you meet her, she is strangely meek, a completely different person altogether! How embarrassing! Do they really look upon me as a dull thing, I wonder? But I am what I am.

No penance can your hard heart find save such as you long since have taught me to endure.

Where in all this world shall I call home? A temporary shelter is my home. A hut, a jeweled pavilion, they were the same. A pleasantly green vine was climbing a board wall. The white flowers, he said to himself, had a rather self-satisfied look about them. 'I needs must ask the lady far yonder, he said, as if to himself.

Now the end has come, and I am filled with sorrow that our ways must part: the path I would rather take is the one that leads to life.

Would that, like the smoke of the watch-fires that mounts and vanishes at random in the empty sky, the smouldering flame of passion could burn itself away.

One ought not to be unkind to a woman merely on account of her plainness, any more than one had a right to take liberties with her merely because she was handsome.

You that in far-off countries of the sky can dwell secure, look back upon me here; for I am weary of this frail world's decay.

Author Picture
First Name
Murasaki
Last Name
Shikibu, aka Lady Murasaki
Birth Date
973
Death Date
c. 1014
Bio

Japanese Novelist, Poet and Lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court during the Heian period best known as the author of The Tale of Genji