The pleasantest of all diversions is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread out before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.

Yoshida Kenko

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Original Citation

Yoshida Kenko. Tsurezuregusa [Essays in Idleness]. c. 1332, ch. 13.

Current Citation

Yoshida Kenko. Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko, translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press, 1998, ch. 13.