“What matters is deciding in your heart to accept another person completely. When you do that, it is always the first time and the last.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
“Time passed. But time flows in many streams. Like a river, an inner stream of time will flow rapidly at some places and sluggishly at others, or perhaps even stand hopelessly stagnant. Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”
― Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness
"In autumn, the evening - the blazing sun has sunk very close to the mountain rim, and now even the crows, in threes and fours or twos and threes, hurrying to their roost, are a moving sight."
From Sei Shonagon's "The Pillow Book". Chapter I. In spring, the dawn...Translation by Meredith McKinney, Penguin Classics, 2006