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a hundred per cent abnormal

Acrophobes, heroin addicts, hysterics, homicidal maniacs, syphilitics, morons—suppose there were one per cent of each of these, the total would be twenty per cent. If you could enumerate eighty more abnormalities at this rate—and of course you could—there would be statistical proof that humanity is a hundred per cent abnormal. 7 more words

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repetition in life

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. 7 more words

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the strength of self-denial

In the midst of all this, the lecturer was speaking: “The only way to go beyond work is through work. It is not that work itself is valuable; we surmount work by work. 18 more words

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the wrong thing now

“Between us it’s like buying at a department store, isn’t it? If you don’t like it, you can take it back any time. You make your mind up, looking at something wrapped up in plastic—you can look without breaking the seal. 35 more words

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Country people

Country people tended to be self-conscious about expressing their feelings in words. And in this sense they were more honest.

Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

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If you write, you’re a writer

—This unbecoming humility again. There’s no need for you to think of writers as something special. If you write, you’re a writer, aren’t you?

Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

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But everyday life

But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the center of his compass at his own home. 7 more words

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