Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1 March 1892 – 24 July 1927) was a Japanese writer.
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- A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are, after all, no more than mere spectators of life.
- Yam Gruel (1916), in Rashomon and Other Stories (Tuttle, 2011).
- Truly, human life is as ephemeral as dew and as brief as lightning.
- In a Grove (1922), quoted in A Study Guide for Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "In a Grove" (Gale, 2017).