Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha quotes

42 total quotes (ID: 387)

Auntie
Chairman Iwamura
Conversations
Hatsumomo
Mameha
Mother
Narrator (Sayuri as an elderly woman)
President Nobu
Sayuri


Chairman: He would never tell you himself; he is far too modest. We were fighting in Manchuria together. There was an explosion. He protected me from the worst of it. As you might imagine, I owe him quite a debt. Nobu has taught me a great deal - patience, for example. And I in turn have tried to teach him: you have to savor life while you can.


A pity, she still stinks of fish.

Remember Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans, and we're not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist, and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.

The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves... Until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.

Hurry up! [chuckling] You're not making money standing there gawking at yourself!

Why can't you be quiet?

You cannot call yourself a true geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.

To a man, Geisha can only be half a wife. We are the wives of nightfall. And yet to learn of kindness, after so much unkindness... To understand that a little girl with more courage than she knew, would find that her prayers were answered...can that not be called happiness? After all, these are not the memoirs of an empress, nor of a queen...these are memoirs of another kind.

We don't become geisha to pursue our own destinies. We become geisha because we have no choice.

I humbly beg to differ. What is sumo but a dance between giants? What is business but a dance between companies? I would like to know about every kind of dance.

I could be her. Were we so different? She loved once. She hoped once. I could be her. I might be looking into my own future. Until the real future came falling from the air... [referring to the war]

I shall destroy you.

None of us find as much kindness in this life, as we should.

Why Sayuri...look what I found. You've been hiding your love for a long time... The sacrifice every geisha must make!

I owe Nobu my life. So, when I saw he had a chance at happiness with you, I stood aside and... But I cannot any longer. I hope it is not too late.