• Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty

    Muriel Barbery
  • We think we can make honey without sharing in the fate of bees, but we are in truth nothing but poor bees, destined to accomplish our task and then die

    Muriel Barbery
  • We never look beyond our assumptions and what's worse, we have given up trying to meet others; we just meet ourselves

    Muriel Barbery
  • We can be friends. We can be anything we want to be

    Muriel Barbery
  • Any game where the goal is to build territory has to be beautiful. There may be phases of combat, but they are only means to an end, to allow your territory to survive. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the game of go is that it has been proven that in order to win, you must live, but you must also allow the other player to live. Players who are too greedy will lose: it is a subtle game of equilibrium, where you have to get ahead without crushing the other player. In the end, life and death are only the consequences of how well or how poorly you have made your construction. This is what one of Taniguchi's characters says: you live, you die, these are consequences. It's a proverb for playing go, and for life

    Muriel Barbery
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