Quotes tagged with trans. Stephen Paul (best)
Mamoru Mikuriya: If you want people to enjoy your story, first you need to understand what they enjoy. Focus on the other person, rather than putting yourself out first and foremost. You're still very young so it's not worth agonizing over. Just try out different things! And if you fail, that's all right. Isn't making funny stories out of failure one of the best parts of rakugo?
Sverkel: Too much wealth brings disaster. When you increase your wealth, you fear losing it. To ease that fear, you spend money to make more of it. The idiot boy doesn't realize how empty it all is.
Kyoji Arakawa: You have to understand, rakugo is a business about pleasing the audience who's come to see you. If you cannot please a single person in your presence, you're not cut out for this.
Guriko Arakawa: Rakugo isn't just giving a speech. It's the art of depicting a conversation.
Thorfinn: This is a hunt. The strong hunt the weak. It's a fact of life. That's how every living thing struggles to survive. You were weaker than me. So you got hunted. If you want to hate anything, hate your own weakness. I am the hunter and you are the hunted. It's just as simple as that.
Einar: If you want fields so badly, till them yourself. I bet you've never held a hoe in your life. Try making your own field of crops. Then maybe you'll understand firsthand what a terrible thing it is to have that stolen from you.
Shinta Arakawa: The relationship of master and apprentice is akin to parent and child.
Thors: Listen to me, Thorfinn. You have no enemies. No one has any enemies. There is no one that you should hurt.
Canute: You let yourself be beaten to a pulp, just so you could stand before an emperor and admonish him to his face?
Maikeru Arakawa: Singing, dancing, music, acrobatics... Being broadly skilled in the arts will get you far. Rakugo is not such a straightforward discipline that you can become a master just by practicing how you speak.
Thorfinn: Who negotiates for peace by beating a man? I've only just met you today. We don't know each other, or bear each other any grudge. Why should we have to beat one another? It's foolishness.
Askeladd: What a sight this is. A man, slave to gold, holds a whip and beats the slave he bought with that gold as if to claim he is the master. He just doesn't see it for himself. Every living human being is a slave to something.