Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine;—they are the life, the soul of reading[.]

―Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Most likely to succeed in defining Japanese aesthetics is a net of associations composed of listings or jottings, connected intuitively, that fills in a background and renders the subject visible.

—Donald Richie A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics