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. Matsuo Basho
Everyday is a journey,and the journey itself is home. Matsuo Basho
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. Matsuo Basho
Year's end, all corners of this floating world, swept. Matsuo Basho
Year by year, the monkey's mask reveals the monkey. Matsuo Basho
A flute with no holes is not a flute. Matsuo Basho
Spring rain leaking through the roof dripping from the wasps' nest. Matsuo Basho
Twilight whippoorwill... Whistle on, sweet deepener Of dark loneliness. Matsuo Basho
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. Matsuo Basho
At the ancient pond the frog plunges into the sound of water. Matsuo Basho
The first cold shower / even the monkey seems to want / a little coat of straw Matsuo Basho
Year’s end, all / corners of this / floating world, swept. Matsuo Basho
On a journey, ill, / And over fields all withered, dreams / Go wandering still. Matsuo Basho
I'm a wanderer / so let that be my name — / the first winter rain Matsuo Basho
Taking a nap, / feet planted / against a cool wall. Matsuo Basho
Learn about a pine tree from a pine tree, and about a bamboo plant from a bamboo plant. Matsuo Basho
From the pine tree, learn of the pine tree; And from the bamboo, of the bamboo Matsuo Basho
a cuckoo cries and through a thicket of bamboo the late moon shines. Matsuo Basho
Between our two lives there is also the life of the cherry blossom. Matsuo Basho
From all these trees, in the salads, the soup, everywhere, cherry blossoms fall. Matsuo Basho
A field of cotton-- / as if the moon / had flowered. Matsuo Basho
Heat waves shimmering / one or two inches / above the dead grass. Matsuo Basho
Teeth sensitive to the sand / in salad greens-- / I'm getting old. Matsuo Basho
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old, seek what they sought. Matsuo Basho