KOBO ABE QUOTES

Japanese writer (1924-1993)

When I was young, I could bounce back from things like a brand-new rubber ball.

KOBO ABE, The Ghost is Here

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Tags: youth


Year after year students tumble along like the waters of a river. They flow away, and only the teacher is left behind, like some deeply buried rock at the bottom of the current.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: teaching


Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: survival


Yet there seemed to be some truth in the law of probability, according to which the chance of success is directly proportionate to the number of repetitions.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Now that you are dead, you are splendid. Photographs of people who have just died are worth twenty percent more, and for suicides there is an additional five percent. Now that you are dead you are much in demand.

KOBO ABE, The Ghost is Here

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Tags: death, photography


When I look at small things, I think I shall go on living: drops of rain, leather gloves shrunk by being wet... When I look at something too big, I want to die: the Diet Building, or a map of the world.

KOBO ABE, The Box Man

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Tags: life, death


Time cannot be spurred on like a horse.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: time


Defeat begins with the fear that one has lost.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: defeat, losing


The minute you begin to have doubts, the floor under your feet starts to shake.

KOBO ABE, The Green Stockings

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Tags: doubt


Things have value because somebody buys them, because somebody pays money; if you can find a buyer, even a lie is worth a thousand yen.

KOBO ABE, The Ghost is Here

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Tags: value


The most frightening thing in the world is to discover the abnormal in that which is closest to us.

KOBO ABE

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Tags: differences


Work seemed something fundamental for man, something which enabled him to endure the aimless flight of time.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: work, time


Green makes me think of silence, or maybe it's loneliness. I get the feeling of a terribly distant star.

KOBO ABE, The Green Stockings

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Tags: color, loneliness


Without the threat of punishment, there is no joy in flight.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Mankind, which has always been a part of nature, has reached a point where it is too much for nature to accommodate.

KOBO ABE, The Green Stockings

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Tags: nature, humanity


The thorn of death falls from heaven, and its myriad forms leave us no room to move.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: death, heaven


Loneliness was an unsatisfied thirst for illusion.

KOBO ABE, The Woman in the Dunes

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Tags: loneliness, illusion


Suicide is an escape from life. What is life? An escape from death. This means that each of us must die twice. There is the death waiting for us ahead, and the death that comes pursuing from behind.... Once you are free at least from the death that comes pursuing you, you can relax and enjoy life as you go along.

KOBO ABE, The Green Stockings

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Tags: suicide, death


A plausible rumor seems a lot more believable than the truth itself.

KOBO ABE, The Ghost is Here

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Tags: rumors, truth


Some people, when they're called before the police, like nothing better than to spill everything, fact and fiction alike, hoping to create a good impression.

KOBO ABE, Involuntary Homicide

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