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Natsume Sōseki ( 1867 - 1916 ), Japanese novelist—Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat, Kusamakura, Light and Darkness: "I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood that moves the body. Words are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things...You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world. Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change. That is what is so frightening about men...I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your insults in the future. I bear with my loneliness now, in order to avoid greater loneliness in the years ahead. You see, loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our own egotistical selves...It is painfully easy to define human beings. They are beings who, for no good reason at all, create their own unnecessary suffering."
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