" Walking up a mountain track, I fell to thinking. Approach everything rationally, and you become harsh. Pole along in the stream of emotions, and you will be swept away by the current.
Give free reign to your desires, and you become uncomfortably confined. It is not a very agreeable place to live, this world of ours."
Written in 1906 by the greatest japanese writer of the Meiji Restoration period Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), the "Three-Cornered World" is an important book about art. And it's a book about philosophy as well combining both Eastern and Western ideas in an effort to decypher the human predicament. The beauty of the book lies in its simplicity and clarity.