There are those who hold that to quibble over matters of taste in the basic necessities of life is an extravagance.
Often a hungry person will wolf down unpalatable food; but as his stomach swells, he’ll suddenly notice how bad the food is and fell nauseated.
There are those who say that when civilization progresses a bit further transportation facilities will move into the skies and under the ground, and that our streets will again be quiet, but I know perfectly well that when that day comes some new device for torturing the old will be invented.
But when Kaname asked: “Would you like to separate, then?” Misako answered: “Would you?” They knew that divorce was the solution, and yet neither had the courage to propose it, each was left face to face with his own weakness.
Once you start doubting, it’s hard to know what to believe.
The quality that we call beauty … must always grow from the realities of life.
We can’t make a decision between being sad for a little while and being wretched for the rest of our lives. Or rather we’ve made the decision and have trouble finding the courage to carry it through.
If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty.
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