Kōbō Abe Quotes

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Kōbō Abe Quotes

But for some reason I have not yet become a fish. - The Box Man, p.36
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Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?

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One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.

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There wasn't a single item of importance [in the newspaper]. A tower of illusion, all of it, made of illusory bricks and full of holes. If life were made up only of imporant things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the centre of his compass at his own home.

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Suddenly a sorrow the color of dawn welled up in him. They might as well lick each other's wounds. But they would lick forever, and the wounds would never heal, and in the end their tongues would be worn away.

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So nothing will ever be written down again. Perhaps the act of writing is necessary only when nothing happens.

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I personally feel that a box, far from being a dead end, is an entrance to another world. I don't know to where, but an entrance to somewhere, some other world.

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Certainly sand was not suitable for life. Yet, was a stationary condition absolutely indispensable for existence? Didn't unpleasant competition arise precisely because one tried to cling to a fixed position? If one were to give up a fixed position and abandon oneself to the movement of the sands, competition would soon stop. Actually, in the deserts flowers bloomed and insects and other animals lived their lives. These creatures were able to escape competition through their great ability to adjust
for example, the man's beetle family.
While he mused on the effect of the flowing sands, he was seized from time to time by hallucinations in which he himself began to move with the flow.

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But for some reason I have not yet become a fish. - The Box Man, p.36

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A keener interest in trinkets of self-adornment than in people is a symptom of alienation.

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His expression hardened. It was unpleasant to have feelings that he had been at pains to check aroused to no purpose

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Defeat begins with the fear that one has lost.

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Just as trees bear their fruit before winter, just as bamboo grass produces its seeds just before it withers, sex is simply a struggle with death on the human level.

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The world itself, like the mask, began to seem difficult to believe in, and I was stricken with an unutterable sense of loneliness.

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When will you ever accept the true ugliness of health?

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The torment of imprisonment lies in not being able to escape from oneself at any time.

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The moment a man and a woman decide to get married, both of them should put aside such doubts and concerns. If they can't agree, it is best not to opt for trouble from the very beginning.

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