What is a quote from Lady Murasaki Shikibu?

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This is an interesting question. Lady Murasaki Shikibu was a poet and novelist in Japan during the time that women were thought they were just to be looked at, not heard from. She was born around 973 in Japan and became a lady-in-waiting in the Imperial court during the Heian period. Lady Murasaki's most well known piece of work is The Tale of Genji in which she wrote about love among lots of other things. This novel is in three parts and is 1100 pages long with 54 chapters. Some of her greatest quotes come from this massive piece of literature.

There are as many sorts of women as there are women.

Life is full of uncertainties, perhaps one day some unforeseen circumstance would bring her into his life once more.

If like the leaf of the wisteria through which the sun darts his rays transparently you give your heart to me, I will no longer distrust you.

These quotes from The Tale of Genji are just a start on the quotes Lady Murasaki has written. During a time when women were not thought to be educated or to have a voice, Lady Murasaki was a woman ahead of her time. Her writings compel you to think. What a Lady! The Tale of Genji is one of the greatest literary gems that is still around today. There are a hundred other quotes you can take from her works, and all of them speak to you on many different levels. Lady Murasaki was a literary phenom and still is to this day. 

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