„He said he didn’t care if he went to heaven or hell, because neither could be more fearful than absolute nothingness; salvation and damnation were one and the same if the only thing out there was total nothingness.“

—  Kenzaburō Ōe, Shizuka-na seikatsu (A Quiet Life) (1990), p 54
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