Reginald Horace Blyth

1898 - 1964

A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on acceptance, appreciation, courage, creation, freedom, humor, loneliness, love, mind, morality, and simplicity

These are some of the characteristics of the state of mind which the creation and appreciation of haiku demand: Selflessness, Loneliness, Grateful Acceptance, Wordlessness, Non-intellectuality, Contradictoriness, Humor, Freedom, Non-morality, Simplicity, Materiality, Love, and Courage.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Haiku, Volume 1, Section 2, p. 154-

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The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on thought

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Nothing divides one so much as thought.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on love, nature, poetry, poets, and religion

The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry; these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: History of Haiku, Vol. 1, Introduction, 8.5

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on brevity, experience, feeling, literature, nature, quality, rest, seasons, and world

It is not merely the brevity by which the haiku isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, by which it gives us a feeling of a quarter of the year; nor its faint all-pervading humour. Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — Haiku, Volume 4, p. 980.

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on day, life, meaning, and mountains

The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens and pales into day, but it is only very seldom that we attend to such things. . . . When we are grasping the inexpressible meaning of these things, this is life, this is living. To do this twenty-four hours a day is the Way of Haiku. It is having life more abundantly.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Haiku, Volume 1, p.11

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on country, death, drinking, giving, life, losing, and winning

Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being unlucky or lucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die, finally, how we choose.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on life, men, and world

If all men lead mechanical, unpoetical lives, this is the real nihilism, the real undoing of the world.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on creation, discovery, experience, nature, and poetry

Or, to express this in another way, suggested to me by Professor Suzuki, in connection with "seeing into our own nature, poetry is the something that we see, but the seeing and the something are one; without the seeing there is no something, no something, no seeing. There is neither discovery nor creation: only the perfect, indivisible experience.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics, p.84

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on books, interest, poetry, popularity, schools, time, writers, and zen

Regarding R. H. Blyth: Blyth's four volume Haiku became especially popular at this time [1950's] because his translations were based on the assumption that the haiku was the poetic expression of Zen. Not surprisingly, his books attracted the attention of the Beat school, most notably writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, all of whom had a prior interest in Zen.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — George Swede, Haiku in English in North America

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