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The Woman in the Dunes

Kōbō Abe

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?”

“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.”

“Everyone has his own philosophy that doesn't hold good for anybody else.”

“Only the happy ones return to contentment. Those who were sad return to despair.”

“The fish you don't catch is always the biggest.”

“He wanted to believe that his own lack of movement had stopped all movement in the world, the way a hibernating frog abolishes winter.”

“I rather think the world is like sand. The fundamental nature of sand is very difficult to grasp when you think of it in its stationary state. Sand not only flows, but this very flow is the sand.”

“What in heaven's name was the real essence of this beauty? Was it the precision of nature with its physical laws, or was it nature's mercilessness, ceaselessly resisting man's understanding?”

“If there were no risk of a punishment, a getaway would lose the pleasure.”

“The only way to go beyond work is through work. It is not that work itself is valuable; we surmount work by work. The real value of work lies in the strength of self-denial.”

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