Nowadays many people seem to believe their lives are entirely a matter of choice; but in my day we viewed ourselves as pieces of clay that forever show the fingerprints of everyone who has touched them.

-- Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha, Vintage Books, Random House Publishers, New York, 1999, Page 295.
Originally published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1997.