‘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 they are deceiving one another.’

‘I find it difficult to understand the kind of human being who lives, or who is sure he can live, purely, happily, serenely while engaged in deceit.’

– Osamu Dazai. No Longer Human.

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