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“Sin, he reflected, is not what it is usually thought to be; it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“Every weakness contains within itself a strength.”
Shūsaku Endō
“Over the years I have forged intimate familial ties with these characters, who are reflections of a portion of myself. Consequently, even a character who appeared only once in a short story waits now in the wings, concealed by the curtain, for his next appearance on-stage. Not one of them has ever broken free of his familial ties with me and disappeared for ever - at least, not within the confines of my heart.”
Shūsaku Endō, The Final Martyrs
“Christ did not die for the good and beautiful. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“True religion should be able to respond to the dark melodies, the faulty and hideous sounds that echo from the heart of men.”
Shūsaku Endō, Scandal
“A person never knows their own true face. Everybody thinks that the phoney, posed social mask they wear is their real face.”
Shūsaku Endō, Scandal
“Trample! Trample! It is to be trampled on by you that I am here. ”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“A man who wields a pen has to be accountable to society.”
Shūsaku Endō, Scandal
“The important thing in this life is to link your sadness to the sadness of others.”
Shūsaku Endō, The Girl I Left Behind
“The smell of death was thick in the city of Vārāṇasī. And in Tokyo as well. And yet the birds blissfully sang their songs.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“لقد جعلتني أمي وأنا في الثالثة عشرة من عمري أرتدي ملابس غريبة، لا تناسبني، ومنذ ذلك اليوم أحاول دونما نجاح أن أجعل من هذه الملابس كيمونو”
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“At the core of her senseless actions, she vaguely perceived that she yearned for something. A something that would provide her with a sure sense of fulfillment. But she could not fathom what that something might be.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“To be a saint or a man of too good a nature in today's pragmatic world, with everyone out to get the other fellow, was equivalent to being a fool, wasn't it?”
Shūsaku Endō, Wonderful Fool
“I don't want to die in darkness any thicker than this. I want to bring some kind of resolution in my life.”
Shūsaku Endō, Scandal
Desolation would not be the proper word to describe his feelings now; it was more the sense of emptiness he imagined he might feel standing all alone on the surface of the moon.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“The earth is not just for the clever and the strong.”
Shūsaku Endō
“We'll shake, we'll shake the tree of dreams,
That solitary tree of dreams
In the centre of the verdant field.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“I do not believe that God has given us this trial to not purpose. I know that the day will come when we will clearly understand why this persecution with all it's sufferings has been bestowed upon us -- for everything that Our Lord does is for our good. And yet, even as I write these words I feel the oppressive weight in my heart of those last stammering words of Kichijiro in the morning of his departure: "Why has Deus Sama imposed this suffering on us?" and then the resentment in those eyes that he turned upon me. "Father", he had said "what evil have we done?"

I suppose I should simply cast from my mind these meaningless words of the coward; yet why does his plaintive voice pierce my breast with tall the pain of a sharp needle? Why has Our Lord imposed this torture and this persecution on poor Japanese peasants? No, Kichijiro was trying to express something different, something even more sickening. The silence of God. Already twenty years have passed since the persecution broke out; the black soil of Japan has been filled with the lament of so many Christians; the red blood of priests has flowed profusely; the walls of churches have fallen down; and in the face of this terrible and merciless sacrifice offered up to Him, God has remained silent.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“When you sail, don't
Pull up the anchor weeping.
Be a man, do it laughing...”
Shūsaku Endō, The Sea and Poison: A Novel
“The seeds of salvation are buried in every act of evil.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“We priests are in some ways a sad group of men. Born into the world to render service to mankind, there is no one more wretchedly alone than the priest who does not measure up to his task.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“When you were still here, Isobe thought, death seemed so far removed from me. It was as though you stood with both arms outstretched, keeping death from me. But now that you're gone, suddenly it seems right here in front of me.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“Man is a strange being. He always has a feeling somewhere in his heart that whatever the danger he will pull through. It's just like when on a rainy day you imagine the faint rays of the sun shining on a distant hill.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“No matter what the circumstances, no man can completely escape from vanity.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
tags: vanity
“But the scrawny, powerless man with his arms outstretched on the cross had at some point reclaimed Otsu. Still, that doesn't change the fact that I won. With startling rapacity God had merely picked up a man I discarded.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River
“But pity was not action. It was not love. Pity, like passion, was no more than a kind of instinct.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
tags: pity
“There are neither the strong nor the weak. Can anyone say that the weak do not suffer more than the strong?”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“The sound of darkness was certainly intricately linked to the sense of being alone but unrelated to this was the sound of the palpitations of men and women experiencing the sense of utter solitude. There was no doubt about it. This was a sound audible only on evenings such as this.”
Shūsaku Endō, The Girl I Left Behind
“but our Lord was not silent. Even if he had been silent, my life until this day would have spoken of Him.”
Shūsaku Endō, Silence
“People are linked together by enmity than by love.”
Shūsaku Endō, Deep River

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