Sanshiro by Natsume Soseki


11 – Society would acclaim him, his mother would be overjoyed.

11 – He must be forty, after all—beyond any future development.

16 – Even bigger than Japan is the inside of your head. Don’t ever surrender yourself—not to Japan, not to anything. You may think that what you’re doing is for the sake of the nation,  but let something take possession of you like that, and all you do is bring it down.

35 – The only thing that will satisfy you from now on… is the library.

77 – That’s why I call him the Great Darkness. He reads everything, but he doesn’t give off any light. I wish he would read something a little more fashionable and make himself a little more conspicuous.

113 – Women are terrifying…

200 – It was easier to fall asleep at home in Fukuoka. Here, there were so many stimuli: false news reports, Professor Hirota, Mineko, the handsome young man who came and took her away.

205 – If a man starts a campaign on my behalf without consulting me, he’s just toying with my existence.


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