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


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.


[When he first meets Chiyo by the river] Where did you come by such surprising eyes?

A pity, she still stinks of fish.

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

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

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

Why can't you be quiet?

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.

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 shall destroy you.

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]

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

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

Three things matter in life... sumo, business, and war. Understand one, you know them all. But why should a Geisha care? You spend your time plucking strings and dancing.

No man would ever bid so much for a thing he had already taken.