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#1. If you believe in the shadow, you cannot help believing in the light. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#2. But he knew well enough what was wrong with him: he was ashamed of himself and afraid of them – afraid of the society he so despised. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#3. He felt something like a sneer for his own spiritual bankruptcy (he was aware of all of his faults and weak points, every single one of them), but he went on reading one book after another. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#4. I may be a lunatic, but then, wasn't my lunacy caused by a monster that lurks at the bottom of every human mind? Those who call me a madman and spurn me may become lunatics tomorrow. They harbor the same monster. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#5. He disliked his own lies as much as his parents', but still he continued to lie
boldly and cunningly. He did this primarily out of need, but also for the pathological pleasure of killing a god. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#6. Isn't there someone kind enough to come strangle me in my sleep? #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#7. A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are, after all, no more than mere spectators of life. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#8. It occurred to me that I was on a run of suicides. Akutagawa. Dazai. Plath. Death by water, barbiturates, and carbon monoxide poisoning; three fingers of oblivion, outplaying everything. #Quote by Patti Smith
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#9. It's scary what greed can do to people, don't you think? #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#10. People say they need freedom, but in fact, nobody wants freedom. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#11. Why do you attack the present social system? Because I see the evils that capitalism has engendered. Evils? I thought you recognized no difference between good and evil. How do you make a living, then? He engaged thus in dialogue with an angel – an angel in an impeccable top hat. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#12. But surely the will to create was a form of the will to live...? #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#13. While still a student, Napoleon had written on the last page of his geography book: "St. Helena. Small island." This may have been what we call a coincidence, but the thought must certainly have aroused terror in him in his last days. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#14. Like an unblemished golden jar, our glorious National Essence stands upon a foundation of belief in the family. We need to ask, then, how grave the responsibilities of the head of any one family might be. Does the head of a family have the right to go mad any time he feels like it? To this question we must offer a resounding "No!". Imagine what would happen if the husbands of the world suddenly acquired the right to go mad. All, without exception, would leave their families behind for a happy life of song on the road, or wandering over hill and dale, or being kept well fed and clothed in an insane asylum. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#15. Yes, sir. Certainly, it was I who found the body. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#16. Even Zeus, the grandest of the gods, is no match for the goddesses of vengeance. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#17. Night has fallen, and morning will come too," Kenji said while gazing at the paddy field. "Spring will arrive, and Autumn too. Everything is split in halves. The grass grows, trees wither, animals are born, and they die……when you live with the land, you slowly come to understand that nature is made up of halves. When something bad happens……when a storm or erosion happens, we feel like bad things will only continue. But in truth, the good and the bad, they are all part of nature……part of living. That's how everyone in the village thinks."

"I do not understand," Akutagawa said, looking at the same scenery. "So fortune and misfortune are equal halves? Do you want to say the same thing to my comrades who died in the slums?"

"That is why you're the half that's left, Akutagawa-san." Kenji looked at Akutagawa. "You survived. And with a very powerful Ability, too. Everybody passed on their good halves to you, I'm sure. #Quote by Kafka Asagiri
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#18. As you can imagine, those who had fallen this far had been so worn down by their tortures in the seven other hells that they no longer had the strength to cry out. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#19. Chained inside the carriage is a sinful woman. When we set the carriage afire, her flesh will be roasted, her bones will be charred: she will die an agonizing death. Never again will you have such a perfect model for the screen. Do not fail to watch as her snow-white flesh erupts in flames. See and remember her long black hair dancing in a whirl of sparks! #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#20. It took two or three months more for me to discern little by little that here there was nothing to be dismissed with laughter, that behind the melancholic mask lay a terrible anguish. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#21. Emotions are at the center of a person's being. But what exists in the center of the world are not emotions. Nothing exists in the center of the world……so don't chase emotions, Akutagawa. Don't chase the beast known as yourself. Stand on your two legs, don't cling to somebody else, stay calm and tough. If you don't, you won't survive. #Quote by Kafka Asagiri
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#22. The Heian Period (794–1185) was Japan's classical era, a time of peace and opulence, when the imperial court in Heian-kyō ("Capital of Peace and Tranquility": later Kyoto) was the fountainhead of culture, and the arts flourished. Toward the end, however, political power slipped from the aristocracy to the warrior class, the decline of the imperial court led to the decay of the capital, and peace gave way to unrest. This was the part of the Heian Period that interested Akutagawa, who identified it with fin-de-siècle Europe, and he symbolized the decay with the image of the crumbling Rashōmon gate that dominates his story. Director Kurosawa Akira borrowed Akutagawa's gate and went him one better, picturing it as a truly disintegrating structure, entirely bereft of its Heian lacquer finish, and suggestive of the moral decay against which his characters struggle. His film Rashōmon (1950) was based on two of Akutagawa's stories, "Rashōmon" and "In a Bamboo Grove." Both - themselves based on tales from the twelfth century - reach far more skeptical conclusions than the film regarding the dependability of human nature and its potential for good.

(Jay Rubin) #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#23. People used to say that on moonless nights Her Ladyship's broad-skirted scarlet trousers would glide eerily along the outdoor corridor, never touching the floor. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#24. This passion for pictures gave him a whole new way of looking at the world. He began to pay constant attention to the curve of a branch or the swell of a woman's cheek. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#25. What especially moved him was the corpse of a child of twelve or thirteen. He felt something like envy as he looked at it, recalling such expression as "Those whom the gods love die young." Both his sister and his half-brother had lost their houses to fire. His sister's husband, though, was on a suspended sentence for perjury.

Too bad we didn't all die. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#26. I have no conscience at all
least of all an artistic conscience. All I have is nerves. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#27. That's because, in a way different from what you meant by it, you can't trust anybody." Major Kimura lit a new cigar and, smiling, continued in tones that were almost exultantly cheerful. "It is important - even necessary - for us to become acutely aware of the fact that we can't trust ourselves. The only ones you can trust to some extent are people who really know that. We had better get this straight. Otherwise, our own characters' heads could fall off like Xiao-er's at any time. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#28. He moved on from Anatole France to the eighteenth-century philosophers, though not to Rousseau. Perhaps this was because one side of him - the side easily moved by passion - was too close to Rousseau. Instead, he approached the author of 'Candide', who was closer to another side of him - the cool and richly intellectual side.
At twenty-nine, life no longer held any brightness for him, but Voltaire supplied him with man-made wings.
Spreading these man-made wings, he soared with ease into the sky. The higher he flew, the farther below him sank the joys and sorrows of a life bathed in the light of intellect. Dropping ironies and smiles upon the shabby towns below, he climbed through the open sky, straight for the sun - as if he had forgotten about that ancient Greek who plunged to his death in the ocean when his man-made wings were singed by the sun. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#29. Great robber though he was, Kandata could only trash about like a dying frog as he choked on the blood of the pond. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#30. When I kill a man, I do it with my sword, but people like you don't use swords. You gentlemen kill with your power, with your money, and sometimes just with your words: you tell people you're doing them a favor. True, no blood flows, the man is still alive, but you've killed him all the same. I don't know whose sin is greater - yours or mine. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#31. As he thought about his life, he felt both tears and mockery welling up inside him. All that lay before him was madness or suicide. He walked down the darkening street alone, determined now to wait for the destiny that would come to annihilate him. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#32. We could see the parapet of Ryougoku Bridge, arching above the waves that flickered in the faint mid-autumn twilight and against the sky, as though an immense black Chinese ink stroke had been brushed across it. The silhouettes of the traffic, horses and carriages soon faded into the vaporous mist, and now all that could be seen were the dots of reddish light from the passengers' lanterns, rapidly passing to and fro in the darkness like small winter cherries. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#33. He saw his contract, written on a single sheet of yellow paper, as a great source of strength. Later, however, he came to realize that the contract saddled him with all the obligations and the company with none. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#34. As rumor had said, he found several corpses strewn carelessly about the floor. Since the glow of the light was feeble, he could not count the number. He could only see that some were naked and others clothed. Some of them were women, and all were lolling on the floor with their mouths open or their arms outstretched showing no more signs of life than so many clay dolls. One would doubt they had ever been alive, so eternally silent they were. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#35. The day after he married her, he delivered a scolding to his wife: 'No sooner do you arrive here than you start wasting our money.' But the scolding was less from him than from his aunt, who had ordered him to deliver it. His wife apologized to him, of course, and to the aunt as well – with the potted jonquils she had bought for him in the room. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#36. There's always a weak spot in strength. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#37. The hand with the pen began to tremble, and before long he was even drooling. The only time his head ever cleared was after a sleep induced by eight-tenths of a gram of Veronal, and even then it never lasted more than thirty minutes or an hour. He barely made it through each day in the gloom, leaning as it were upon a chipped and narrow sword. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#38. What good is intelligence,' Akutagawa asked, 'if you can't ever discover a useful melancholy? #Quote by Howard Norman
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#39. These works are handed down from teacher to pupil, from parent to child, almost without question, like DNA. They are memorized, recited, discussed in book reports, included in university entrance exams, and once the student is grown up, they become a source for quotation. They are made into movies again and again, they are parodied, and inevitably they become the object of ambitious young writers' revolt and contempt. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#40. The human heart harbors two conflicting sentiments. Everyone of course sympathizes with people who suffer misfortunes. Yet when those people manage to overcome their misfortunes, we feel a certain disappointment. We may even feel (to overstate the case somewhat) a desire to plunge them back into those misfortunes. And before we know it, we come (if only passively) to harbor some degree of hostility toward them. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#41. Time and tide wait for no man. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#42. He was said to have survived starvation by eating human flesh, after which he had the strength to tear out the antlers of a living stag with his bare hands. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#43. Directly beneath the Lotus Pond of Paradise lay the lower depths of Hell, and as He peered through the crystalline waters, He could see the River of Three Crossings and the Mountain of Needles as clearly as if He were viewing pictures in a peep-box. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#44. O-suzu left whatever work she was doing at her sewing machine and dragged Takeo back to O-yoshi and her son.
How dare you behave so selfishly! Now tell O-yoshi-san that you are sorry. Get down on the mats and make a proper bow! #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#45. No matter how accomplished one might be in any branch of learning or art, one would have to be condemned to hell, if on where not endowed with th five cardinal virtues of Confucius-benevolence, justice, courtesy, wisdom and fidelity #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#46. E understood far more deeply than anyone else the loneliness that lurked beneath his jaunty mask. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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#47. He often wondered, in that suburban second story, if people who loved each other had to cause each other pain. #Quote by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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