47+ (BEST) Inspirational Dazai Osamu Quotes No Longer Human

Dazai Osamu, No Longer Human

Dazai Osamu, is a renowned Japanese author who wrote the novel No Longer Human. The novel is a depiction of a man who, after being disfigured and losing a leg in the war, is unable to find work and is ostracized by society.

In Osamu Dazai’s book, “No Longer Human”, he toggles between his past and present struggles. He was born in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, had a rough childhood, and a “lazy” personality.

Dazai lived in the idea that humanity was purely a mask-something that people falsely put on to gain some sense of normalcy and that it was fake. He was quoted as saying, “I find it tiresome that the world is constructed so conveniently for humans to live in, and I want to break it and make it more natural.”

Dazai was eventually detected with tuberculosis and sent to a sanatorium in Gunma prefecture.

In short, No Longer Human is about the life of Dazai Osamu. After being discharged from the navy, Dazai starts to fall into deeper depression with his relationships with the people around him. He also starts to feel distraught about the political situation in Japan.

However, he also changes and starts to see the world in a new light after joining his friend’s literary club

Dazai Osamu is a Japanese novelist and short story writer. His work is considered part of the fūten genre, which is occasionally characterized as cynical realism.

He is also known as a member of the Japanese literary group, the Shōwa Kenpō (“Shōwa Writers”). On a brief synopsis of Dazai’s life, he retreated to the snowy mountains and lived as a hermit in a small hut for three years.

Although he wanted to be alone, he was still distressed, which made him drink heavily and eventually he tried to commit suicide by slashing his throat with a razor blade.

After this failed attempt, he went to the police station and confessed his attempt to commit suicide.

Famous Dazai Osamu Quotes

“The weak fear happiness itself. They can harm themselves on cotton wool. Sometimes they are wounded even by happiness”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“For someone like myself in whom the ability to trust others is so cracked and broken that I am wretchedly timid and am forever trying to read the expression on people’s faces.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“The thought of dying has never bothered me, but getting hurt, losing blood, becoming crippled and the like—no thanks.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“The only thing which gives me considerable pleasure is to go out in the rain and watch puddles fill up with water and then overflow.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“I can live without something to eat if I have alcohol– that’s why I can never give up the bottle.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“My one idea is to keep on living– that’s why I hate it when I get old.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“People who push themselves to the point of cynicism suffer more than those who are too optimistic. One way to make yourself suffer is not trying too hard but just lowering your expectations, in other words, knowing your limits.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“It is true that I was born, that I am living. But as to what purpose I am living, no-one has been able to tell me.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Another thing that doesn’t mean a damn thing: the desire for fame. There’s nothing worse than wanting to be famous and never being able to attain it.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Men of action, such as I am, seem to believe that the same eyes which see things that are eternal and unchanging are also capable of seeing the truth of them.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“If you want happiness, go get it– that’s what I’ve always said to myself.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Those who can’t win in society’s game are most at liberty to do murder, it seems.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“The more I think about it, the stranger my life seems to me. It has been a series of twists and turns–a collection of strange and weird events that continue to amaze me just as they did yesterday.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“No man has the right to live without being courageous.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“I’ve accepted that I’ll never be able to become the person I tried so hard to be, and so it’s important to me that people who are interested in me know what I’m really like.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“If I end up choosing between life and death, the most important thing is to decide which one I want to die.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“The world’s a mess because we humans are a mass of conflicting desires. If we were all capable of doing what we want without fear of persecution, or even without thinking about ourselves at all, then maybe this world would be an exciting place to live in.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“When someone is worried about things, it’s good to have a solution ready. But when that person is a writer, the solution can never be found at the beginning of the work.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“I’m not just a student of life; I’m the very embodiment of my search for truth.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Although I’m not afraid to die, I can’t help feeling that it’s been so long since I’ve lived without pain that death’s no longer terrifying to me. When you’re young, dying is terrifying, but when you get old and you’ve suffered in your life, death doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

I am going to live forever, and I will die alone and unloved.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“When I’m writing a book my objective is to do away with all of the superfluous elements in life.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“As long as I can remain calm and not hurt anyone, I can live by myself.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“You people from the city are more than capable of living without any thought for others.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“When it comes to true love–you need to hold out against all this injustice and suffering in the world until you’re absolutely sure that person is right for you.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“I’m only alive now because people have kept me alive.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“The more I try to become someone of importance in this world, the more I realize I don’t put any real meaning into my life at all.–Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“When you’re feeling down, your best bet is to stop and take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Sometimes that can be the shock you need to bring out the best in you.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“To have hope is bad enough–to feel the content is much worse. Only when we’re suffering are we truly alive; there’s no need for us to ever be happy.”- Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human