We do not display our naked feet like monkeys.

Mother

We must not expect happiness, Sayuri. It is not something we deserve. When life goes well, it is a sudden gift; it cannot last forever...

Chairman

She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.

Sayuri Nitta

[to Chiyo] Do you like sweet plum or cherry?

Chairman

We do not become Geisha to pursue our own destines. We become Geisha because we have no other choice.

Mameha

How much longer is this bidding going to take? Beside who wants a plum when someone has already had a bite?
[takes a bite out of the plum]

Hatsumomo

Mameha: I'm wonder why Mrs. Nitta has not adopted Hatsumomo?
Sayuri Nitta: That would be like releasing the tiger from its cage.

None of us find as much kindness in this life as we should.

Chairman

Hatsumomo: [suggesting that Mameha used immoral methods to gain Sayuri the lead role in the dances] What did Mameha do, speak with the Director in *private*?
Sayuri Nitta: Not *all* geisha use that kind of currency.

Hatsumomo: I was a maiko once.
Sayuri Nitta: Oh, of course. But that was a long, long, long, *long* time ago.

Kindness we receive in our lives is not always enough.

Chairman

I am not worthless!

Sayuri Nitta

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