Wabi Sabi

“Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.”
― Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

“The Japanese think it strange we paint our old wooden houses when it takes so long to find the wabi in them. They prefer the bonsai tree after the valiant blossoming is over, the leaves fallen. When bareness reveals a merit born in the vegetable struggling.”
― Jack Gilbert, Collected Poems

“To Taoism that which is absolutely still or absolutely perfect is absolutely dead, for without the possibility of growth and change there can be no Tao. In reality there is nothing in the universe which is completely perfect or completely still; it is only in the minds of men that such concepts exist.”
― Alan W. Watts