Elementary things, which we ought to be able to take for granted, we no longer can take for granted.... What is needed today is something not only great, but ultimate.... I do not mean to follow a program of any kind, but to make the simple responses that always were and always will be right: Not to wait until someone in need asks for help, but to offer it; to perform every official act in a manner befitting both common sense and human dignity; to declare a truth when itshourhas come, even when it will bring down opposition or ridicule; to accept responsibility when the conscience considers it a duty. — Romano Guardini, The End of the Modern World , 1998, pp. 213, 217, 218–219.
Notes to myself:
Dennis D. McDonald's review of Early Summer and Good Morning.
You want to grab her by the shoulders....Donald Richie, Viewed Sideways: Writings on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan.