Chiyo Sakamotto Quotes

10 of the best book quotes from Chiyo Sakamotto
  1. #1
    “My name back then was Chiyo. I wouldn’t be known by my geisha name, Sayuri, until years later.”
  2. #2
    “Even if we did survive and Mr. Tanaka adopted us, would my own family cease to exist?”
  3. #3
    “In the years since, I’ve been called beautiful more often than I can remember. Though, of course, geisha are always called beautiful, even those who aren’t. But when Mr. Tanaka said it to me, before I’d ever heard of such a thing as a geisha, I could almost believe it was true.”
  4. #4
    “I’m sure I looked no more elegant than a guest at an inn looks wearing a robe on the way to the bath. But I’d never before worn anything nearly so glamorous on my body.”
  5. #5
    “Evidently in the six months since I’d last seen them, I’d changed more than I realized.”
  6. #6
    “It struck me as odd that even though no one could have called her a beauty, Mr. Tanaka’s eyes were fixed on her like a rag on a hook.”
  7. #7
    “Your job is to bow as low as you can, and don’t look them in the eye.”
  8. #8
    “Do as you’re told; don’t be too much trouble; and you might begin learning the arts of a geisha two or three months from now.”
  9. #9
    “Maybe you’re just too pretty yourself to be able to see it elsewhere.”
  10. #10
    “We don’t become geisha so our lives will be satisfying. We become geisha because we have no other choice.”