“This thing, what is it in itself, in its own constitution? What is its substance and material? And what its causal nature (or form)? And what is it doing in the world? And how long does it subsist?”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“People often say that a set of books looks ugly if all the volumes are not in the same format, but…Imperfect sets are better.
In everything, no matter what it may be, uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting, and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth. Someone once told me, ‘Even when building the imperial palace, they always leave one place unfinished.’ In both Buddhist and Confucian writings of the philosophers of former times, there are also many missing chapters.”
吉田 兼好(Yoshida Kenkō), Tsurezuregusa