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    What frightened me was the logic of the world; in it lay the foretaste of something incalculably powerful. Its mechanism was incomprehensible, and I could not possibly remain closeted in that windowless, bone-chilling room. Though outside lay the sea of irrationality, it was far more agreeable to swim in its waters until presently I drowned.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: powerful  logic  water 
     
    I have always shook with fright before human beings. Unable as I was to feel the least particle of confidence in my ability to speak and act like a human being, I kept my solitary agonies locked in my breast. I kept my melancholy and my agitation hidden, careful lest any trace should be left exposed. I feigned an innocent optimism; I gradually perfected myself in the role of the farcical eccentric.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: human  confidence 
     
    The real things are apt to be deviant.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: real 
     
    Mine has been a life of much shame. I can't even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: live  human  shame 
     
    All I feel are the assaults of apprehension and terror at the thought that I am the only one who is entirely unlike the rest. It is almost impossible for me to converse with other people. What should I talk about, how should I say it? - I don't know.
    — Osamu Dazai
    A true artist is an ugly man.
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    tags: men  true  artist 
     
    I like roses best. But they bloom in all four seasons. I wonder if people who like roses best have to die four times over again.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: time  people  wonder  die 
     
    Victims. Victims of a transitional period of morality. That is what we both certainly are.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: morality  victim 
     
    Now even if I die, no one will be so grieved as to do himself bodily harm.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: die 
     
    I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, loneliness, crampedness - they're heartbreaking.[...] What feelings do you suppose a man has when he realizes that he will never know happiness or glory as long as he lives? Hard work. All that amounts to is food for the wild beasts of hunger.
    — Osamu Dazai
    Labeled a delinquent. That's the only kind of label I want to be crucified under.
    — Osamu Dazai
    As long as I can make them laugh, it doesn't matter how, I'll be alright. If I succeed in that, the human beings probably won't mind it too much if I remain outside their lives. The one thing I must avoid is becoming offensive in their eyes: I shall be nothing, the wind, the sky.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: live  human  sky  mind 
     
    Addiction is perhaps a sickness of the spirit.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: addiction  spirit 
     
    But happiness is being able to hope, however faintly, for happiness. So, at least, we must believe if we are to live in the world of today.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: happiness  live  world  believe  hope 
     
    The weak fear happiness itself. They can harm themselves on cotton wool. Sometimes they are wounded even by happiness
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: fear  happiness 
     
    I want to spend my time with people who don't look to be respected. But such good people won't want to spend their time with me.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: time  people 
     
    For someone like myself in whom the ability to trust others is so cracked and broken that I am wretchedly timid and am forever trying to read the expression on people's faces.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: trust  forever  broken  read 
     
    I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: people  human  example 
     
    Now I have neither happiness nor unhappiness.Everything passes.That is the one and only thing that I have thought resembled a truth in the society of human beings where I have dwelled up to now as in a burning hell.Everything passes.
    — Osamu Dazai
    What uneasiness lies in being loved.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: lies 
     
    I was afraid to board a streetcar because of the conductor; I was afraid to enter the Kabuki Theater for fear of the usherettes standing along the sides of the red-carpeted staircase at the main entrance; I was afraid to go into a restaurant because I was intimidated by the waiters furtively hovering behind me waiting for my plate to be emptied.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: fear  afraid 
     
    Not long ago I learned from a certain person in considerable detail about the worthlessness of your character. All the same, it is you who have given me strength, you who have put the rainbow of revolution in my breast. It is you who have given an object to my life.
    — Osamu Dazai
    As for love . . . no, having once written that word I can write nothing more.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: write 
     
    What did he mean by "society"? The plural of human beings?
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: human 
     
    Is it not true that no two human beings understand anything whatsoever about each other, that those who consider themselves bosom friends may be utterly mistaken about their fellow and, failing to realize this sad truth throughout a lifetime, weep when they read in the newspapers about his death?
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: truth  friends  sad  human  true  read 
     
    It isn't that I dislike artists, but I can't stand anyone who puts on those ponderous airs of a man of character.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: character  men  artist 
     
    I have always found the female of the human species many times more difficult to understand than the male.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: time  human 
     
    What is society but an individual? [] The ocean is not society; it is individuals. This was how I managed to gain a modicum of freedom from my terror at the illusion of the ocean called the world.
    — Osamu Dazai
    Then what's a synonym for woman?" "Entrails." "You're not very poetic, are you? Well, then, what's the antonym for entrails?" "Milk.
    — Osamu Dazai
    People talk of "social outcasts." The words apparently denote the miserable losers of the world, the vicious ones, but I feel as though I have been a "social outcast" from the moment I was born. If ever I meet someone society has designated as an outcast, I invariably feel affection for him, an emotion which carries me away in melting tenderness.
    — Osamu Dazai
    The world, after all, was still a place of bottomless horror. It was by no means a place of childlike simplicity where everything could be settled by a simple then-and-there decision.
    — Osamu Dazai
    To be a friend of the weak-that is the artist's point of departure as well as his ultimate goal.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: friends  goal  artist 
     
    Unhappiness. There are all kinds of unhappy people in the world. I suppose it would be no exaggeration to say that the world is composed entirely of unhappy people. But those people can fight their unhappiness with society fairly and squarly, and society for its part easily understands and sympathizes with such struggles. My unhappiness stemmed entirely from my own vices, and I had no way of fighting anybody.
    — Osamu Dazai
    Any man who criticizes my suicide and passes judgment on me with an expression of superiority, declaring (without offering the least help) that I should have gone on living my full complement of days, is assuredly a prodigy among men quite capable of tranquilly urging the Emperor to open a fruit shop.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: men  living  suicide  gone 
     
    At times everything grows misty and dark before my eyes, and I feel that the strength of my whole body is oozing away through my finger tips.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: time  dark  body  eyes  strength 
     
    Virtue and vice are concepts invented by human beings, words for a morality which human beings arbitrarily devised.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: morality  human  virtue 
     
    Last year nothing happened The year before nothing happened And the year before that nothing happened.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: year 
     
    It would seem that the more irresponsible and crafty one is, the more likely one is to have a talent for storytelling.
    — Osamu Dazai
    Scoundrels [...] simply don't die. The ones who die are always the gentle, sweet, and beautiful people. [...] Scoundrels live a long time. The beautiful die young.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: time  people  live  young  beautiful  die 
     
    I have often felt that I would find it more complicated, troublesome and unpleasant to ascertain the feelings by which a woman lives than to plumb the innermost thoughts of an earthworm.
    — Osamu Dazai
    tags: women  live  thoughts 
     
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