Oshima: Transgender librarian, guides Kafka Tamura along throughout the book.He is like Kafka's mentor.
“Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time. It's just a natural feeling. You're not the person who discovered that feeling, so don't go trying to patent it, okay?”
““Things outside you are projections of what’s inside you, and what’s inside you is a projection of what’s outside. So when you step into the labyrinth outside you, at the same time you’re stepping into the labyrinth inside.””
““I prefer being unfree, too. Up to a point. Jean-Jacques Rousseau defined civilisation as when people build fences….all civilisation is the product of a fenced-in lack of freedom….The people who build high, strong fences are the ones who survive the best. You deny that reality only at the risk of being driven into the wilderness yourself.””
““Only people who’ve been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. Each person feels the pain in his own way, each has his own scars….But what disgusts me even more are people who have no imagination. The kind T.S Elliot calls ‘hollow men’. People who fill up that lack of imagination with heartless bits of straw, not even aware of what they’re doing. Callous people who throw a lot of empty words at you, trying to force you to do what you don’t want to.”
““It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine. It’s just as Yeats said: In dreams begins responsibility. Turn this on its head and you could say that where there’s no power to imagine, no responsibility can arise.””
““…a certain type of perfection can only be realised through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.””
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