Sei Shonagon on Writing

If writing did not exist, what terrible depressions we should suffer from.

Sei Shonagon (c.966-c. 1013)
The Pillow Book

 

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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 2003: The poet Sei Shonagon (Heyan Period, 749-1185), author of Makura no Soshi. Woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)