Matsuo Basho Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old matsuo basho quotes, matsuo basho sayings, and matsuo basho proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The moon is brighter since the barn burned.     

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Everyday is a journey,and the journey itself is home.     

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Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.     

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Year's end, all corners of this floating world, swept.     

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Year by year, the monkey's mask reveals the monkey.     

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A flute with no holes is not a flute.     

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Spring rain leaking through the roof dripping from the wasps' nest.     

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Twilight whippoorwill... Whistle on, sweet deepener Of dark loneliness.     

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The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.     

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At the ancient pond the frog plunges into the sound of water.     

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The first cold shower / even the monkey seems to want / a little coat of straw     

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Year’s end, all / corners of this / floating world, swept.     

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On a journey, ill, / And over fields all withered, dreams / Go wandering still.     

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I'm a wanderer / so let that be my name — / the first winter rain      

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Taking a nap, / feet planted / against a cool wall.     

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Learn about a pine tree from a pine tree, and about a bamboo plant from a bamboo plant.     

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From the pine tree, learn of the pine tree; And from the bamboo, of the bamboo     

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a cuckoo cries and through a thicket of bamboo the late moon shines.     

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Between our two lives there is also the life of the cherry blossom.      

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From all these trees, in the salads, the soup, everywhere, cherry blossoms fall.     

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A field of cotton-- / as if the moon / had flowered.     

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Heat waves shimmering / one or two inches / above the dead grass.     

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Teeth sensitive to the sand / in salad greens-- / I'm getting old.     

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