Haruki Murakami

Born: January 12, 1949

Occupation: Writer

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The best musicians transpose consciousness into sound; painters do the same for color and shape.

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Once, when I was younger, I thought I could be someone else. I'd move to Casablanca, open a bar, and I'd meet Ingrid Bergman. Or more realistically - whether actually more realistic or not - I'd tune in...

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The problem was, I think, that the places I fit in were always falling behind the rimes.

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We fell silent again. The thing we had shared was nothing more than a fragment of time that had died longe ago.Even so, a faint glimmer of that warm memory still claimed a part of my heart. And when death...

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Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.

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There were plenty of women around who dressed smartly, and plenty more who dressed to impress, but this girl was different. Totally different. She wore her clothing with such utter naturalness and grace...

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

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No mistake about it. Ice is cold; roses are red; I'm in love. And this love is about to carry me off somewhere. The current's too overpowering; I don't have any choice. It may very well be a special place,...

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For example, the wind has its reasons. We just don't notice as we go about our lives. But then, at some point, we are made to notice. The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks...

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I'm all alone, but I'm not lonely.

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I’m not good at talking,” Naoko said. “Haven’t been for the longest while. I start to say something and the wrong words come out. Wrong or sometimes completely backward. I try to go back and correct...

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I would stare at the grains of light suspended in that silent space, struggling to see into my own heart. What did I want? And what did others want from me? But I could never find the answers. Sometimes...

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My shadow is only half of what it should be." "Everyone has their shortcomings.

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Living like an empty shell is not really living, no matter how many years it may go on. The heart and flesh of an empty shell give birth to nothing more than the life of an empty shell.

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The little things are important, Mr. Wind-Up Bird,

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You’re here,” I continued. “At least you look as if you’re here. But maybe you aren’t. Maybe it’s just your shadow. The real you may be someplace else. Or maybe you already disappeared, a long,...

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Strange and mysterious things, though, aren't they - earthquakes? We take it for granted that the earth beneath our feet is solid and stationary. We even talk about people being 'down to earth' or having...

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I’ve built a wall around me, never letting anybody inside and trying not to venture outside myself

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There are symbolic dreams-- dreams that symbolize some reality. Then there are symbolic realities -- realities that symbolize a dream. Symbols are what you might call the honorary town councillors of the...

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I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities...

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Exhaustion pays no mind to age or beauty. Like rain and earthquakes and hail and floods.

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In traveling, a companion, in life, compassion,'" she repeats, making sure of it. If she had paper and pencil, it wouldn't surprise me if she wrote it down. "So what does that really mean? In simple terms."...

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Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.

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Your work should be an act of love, not a marriage of convenience.

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Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.

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My only passions were books and music. As you might guess, I led a lonely life… Not that I knew what I wanted in life - I didn’t. I loved reading novels to distraction, but didn’t write well enough...

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Deep rivers run quiet.

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You're walking through a field all by yourself one day in spring and this sweet little bear cub with velvet fur and shiny little eyes comes walking along. And he says to you, 'Hi, there, little lady. Want...

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There's an essential order you have to follow in everything. It's a way of showing respect, following everything in the correct order.

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When I open them, most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out between the pages - a special odor of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers....

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Age certainly hadn't conferred any smarts on me. Character maybe, but mediocrity is a constant, as one Russian writer put it. Russian writers have a way with aphorisms. They probably spend all winter thinking...

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So for all that we might speak words in each other's vicinity, this could never develop into anything that could be called a conversation. It was as though we were speaking in different languages. If the...

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let the wind change direction a little bit, and their cries turned to whispers.

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That's good. I was worried. Of course, I do have a few things wrong with me, but those are strictly problems I keep inside. I'd hate to think they were obvious to anybody else. Especially at the swimming...

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I wonder how it turns out that we all lead such different lives. Take you and your sister, for example. You're born to the same parents, you grow up in the same household, you're both girls. How do you...

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The heavy smell of flower petals stroked the walls of my lungs.

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A deserted library in the morning - there's something about it that really gets to me. All possible words and ideas are there, resting peacefully.

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The power to concentrate was the most important thing. Living without this power would be like opening one’s eyes without seeing anything.

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Between the time the last train leaves and the first train arrives, the place changes: it's not the same as in daytime.

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It made her think of Laika, the dog. The man-made satellite streaking soundlessly across the blackness of outer space. The dark, lustrous eyes of the dog gazing out of the tiny window. In the infinite...

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Is action merely the incidental product of thought, or is thought the consequential product of action?

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And her sleep was too long and deep for that:so deep that she left her normal reality behind.

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Waves of thought are stirring. In a twilight corner of her consciousness, one tiny fragment and another tiny fragment call out wordlessly to eachother, their spreading ripples intermingling.

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A friend to kill time is a friend sublime.

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For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in...

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Maybe time is nothing at all like a straight line. Perhaps it's shaped like a twisted doughnut. But for tens of thousands of years, people have probably been seeing time as a straight line that continues...

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So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.

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That's the kind of death that frightens me. The shadow of death slowly, slowly eats away at the region of life, and before you know it everything's dark and you can't see, and the people around you think...

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Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.

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I don't really know if it's the right thing to do, making new life. Kids grow up, generations take their place. What does it all come to? More hills bulldozed and more ocean fronts filled in? Faster cars...

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But what seems like a reasonable distance to one person might feel too far to somebody else.

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It's my motto for life. 'Walk slowly; drink lots of water.

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When you are used to the kind of life -of never getting anything you want- you stop knowing what it is you want.

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Memory is so crazy! It's like we've got these drawers crammed with tons of useless stuff. Meanwhile, all the really important things we just keep forgetting, one after the other.

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The ground we stand on looks solid enough, but if something happens it can drop right out from under you.

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With each passing moment I'm becoming part of the past. There is no future for me, just the past steadily accumulating.

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Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.

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These days I just can't seem to say what I mean [...]. I just can't. Every time I try to say something, it misses the point. Either that or I end up saying the opposite of what I mean. The more I try to...

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Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.

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I may be the type who manages to grab all the pointless things in life but lets the really important things slip away.

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Somewhere in his body--perhaps in the marrow of his bones--he would continue to feel her absence.

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I don't think jealousy has much of a connection with real, objective conditions. Like if you're fortunate you're not jealous, but if life hasn't blessed you, you are jealous. Jealousy doesn't work that...

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I realize full well how hard it must be to go on living alone in a place from which someone has left you, but there is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.

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Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings.

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No matter what form the relationship might take, he was the only person she could picture sharing her life with.

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Distance might not solve anything, no matter how far you run.

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Nature is actually unnatural

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Each person feels pain in his own way, each has his own scars.

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Whatever can't be expressed might as well not exist.

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Many are the women who can take their clothes off seductively, but women who can charm as they dress?

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He was silent for thirty seconds, maybe a minute. I uncrossed my legs under the table and wondered if this was the right moment to leave. It was as if my whole life revolved around trying to judge the...

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The world in books seemed so much more alive to me than anything outside. I could see things I'd never seen before. Books and music were my best friends. I had a couple of good friends at school, but never...

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Results aside, the ability to have complete faith in another human being is one of the finest qualities a person can possess.

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One last word of advice, though, Mr. Okada, though you may not want to hear this. There are things in this world it is better not to know about. Of course, those are the very things that people most want...

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understanding' is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings,

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I couldn't tell wether the hole that opened up inside me was from missing you or from the change of season

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Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth...

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Life is here, death is over there. I am here, not over there.

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I miss you terribly sometimes, but in general I go on living with all the energy I can muster. Just as you take care of the birds and the fields every morning, every morning I wind my own spring. I give...

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There's not much you can do about time - it just keeps on passing. But experience? Don't tell me that. I'm not proud of it, but I don't have any sexual desire. And what sort of experience can a writer...

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As time goes on, you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Time solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself.

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You are a beautiful person, Doctor. Clearheaded. Strong. But you seem always to be dragging your heart along the ground. From now on, little by little, you must prepare yourself to face death. If you devote...

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Losing you is most difficult for me, but the nature of my love for you is what matters. If it distorts into half-truth, then perhaps it is better not to love you. I must keep my mind but loose you.

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Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.

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There are three ways you can get along with a girl: one, shut up and listen to what she has to say; two, tell her you like what she's wearing; and three, treat her to really good food...If you do all that...

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My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories...

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A short story I have written long ago would barge into my house in the middle of the night, shake me awake and shout, 'Hey,this is no time for sleeping! You can't forget me, there's still more to write!'...

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What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and...

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They sat on a park bench, held hands, and told each other their stories hour after hour. They were not lonely anymore. They had found and been found by their 100% perfect other. What a wonderful thing...

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Everytime you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That's it. That's my heart.

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Everything was too sharp and clear, so that I could never tell where to start- the way a map that shows too much can sometimes be useless.

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A regular wind-up toy world this is, I think. Once a day the wind-up bird has to come and wind the springs of this world. Alone in this fun house, only I grow old, a pale softball of death swelling inside...

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A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.

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How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.

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I'm kind of a low-key guy. The spotlight doesn't suit me. I'm more of a side dish--cole slaw or French fries or a Wham! backup singer.

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Such wounds to the heart will probably never heal. But we cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever.

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People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you might strike out, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That's what can move the world. That's art.

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They tell us that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,but I don't believe that." he said. Then, a moment later, he added: "Oh,the fear is there, all right. It comes to us in many different forms,...

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Things like that happen all the time in this great big world of ours. It's like taking a boat out on a beautiful lake on a beautiful day and thinking both the sky and the lake are beautiful. So stop eating...

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Don't you think it would be wonderful to get rid of everything and everybody and just go some place where you don't know a soul?

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The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.

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You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you.

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Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.

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I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every...

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For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I'm still awake. I can continue yesterday's dream today, something you can't normally do in everyday life.

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My heroes don't have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don't know how, so they talk to themselves.

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Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most.

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If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language.

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If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.

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Confidence, as a teenager? Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I loved cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I...

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Whenever I write a novel, music just sort of naturally slips in (much like cats do, I suppose).

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I collect records. And cats. I don't have any cats right now. But if I'm taking a walk and I see a cat, I'm happy.

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I don't think of myself as an artist. I'm just a guy who can write.

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It is hard to be an individual in Japan.

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When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.

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I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so...

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You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.

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Every writer has his writing technique - what he can and can't do to describe something like war or history. I'm not good at writing about those things, but I try because I feel it is necessary to write...

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I am worrying about my country. I feel I have a responsibility as a novelist to do something.

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I like to read books. I like to listen to music.

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I'm a writer. I don't support any war. That's my principle.

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I'm not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years.

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Most near-future fictions are boring. It's always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy.

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When I start to write, I don't have any plan at all. I just wait for the story to come.

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I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy...

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You have to be practical. So every time I say, if you want to write a novel you have to be practical, people get bored. They are disappointed. They are expecting a more dynamic, creative, artistic thing...

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A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime.

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Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.

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I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.

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I had my jazz club and I had enough money. So I didn't have to write for my living.

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I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way.

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I used to run a full marathon in three hours and 25 or 26 minutes. Not any more.

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I'm a writer, not a professional runner. It's fun and it helps me write. I need powerful concentration.

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I've been running a full marathon every year for more than 20 years, and my record is getting worse. Getting older, getting worse. It's natural.

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In my younger days, I was trying to write sophisticated prose and fantastic stories.

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My priority is my books, at least at this point. What I have to do is write the narrative of this time.

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There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.

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As a novelist, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday's dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions and I have to adjust them...

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Every day I go to my study and sit at my desk and put the computer on. At that moment, I have to open the door. It's a big, heavy door. You have to go into the Other Room. Metaphorically, of course. And...

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I get up early in the morning, 4 o'clock, and I sit at my desk and what I do is just dream. After three or four hours, that's enough. In the afternoon, I run.

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I myself have been on my own and utterly independent since I graduated. I haven't belonged to any company or any system. It isn't easy to live like this in Japan.

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In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.

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Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.

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For novelists or musicians, if they really want to create something, they need to go downstairs and find a passage to get into the second basement. What I want to do is go down there, but still stay sane.

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George Orwell is half journalist, half fiction writer. I'm 100 percent fiction writer... I don't want to write messages. I want to write good stories. I think of myself as a political person, but I don't...

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I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight,...

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I could have been a cult writer if I'd kept writing surrealistic novels. But I wanted to break into the mainstream, so I had to prove that I could write a realistic book.

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I just wanted to write something about running, but I realized that to write about my running is to write about my writing. It's a parallel thing in me.

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I started writing at the kitchen table after midnight. It took ten months to finish that first book; I sent it to a publisher and I got some kind of prize, so it was like a dream - I was surprised to find...

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I try not to think about anything special while running. As a matter of fact, I usually run with my mind empty. However, when I run empty-minded, something naturally and abruptly crawls in sometime. That...

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I was enjoying myself writing, because I don't know what's going to happen when I take a ride around that corner. You don't know at all what you're going to find there. That can be thrilling when you read...

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In Japan, the writers have made up a literary community, a circle, a society. I think 90 percent of Japan's writers live in Tokyo. Naturally, they make a community. There are groups and customs, and so...

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It's true that at the time I was fond of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and it was from them that I learned about this kind of simple, swift-paced style, but the main reason for the style of my first...

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Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me.

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My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories - not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father's...

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Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away. If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful.

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Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America,...

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Sometimes I wonder why I'm a novelist right now. There is no definite career reason why I became a writer. Something happened, and I became a writer. And now I'm a successful writer.

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When I was a teenager, I thought how great it would be if only I could write novels in English. I had the feeling that I would be able to express my emotions so much more directly than if I wrote in Japanese.

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If you think of someone enough, you’re sure to meet them again.

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Suicides? Heart attacks? The papers didn't seem interested. The world was full of ways to die, too many to cover. Newsworthy deaths had to be exceptional. Most people go unobserved.

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Sometimes I feel like a caretaker of a museum -- a huge, empty museum where no one ever comes, and I'm watching over it for no one but myself.

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I would never see her again, except in memory. She was here, and now she's gone. There is no middle ground. Probably is a word that you may find south of the border. But never, ever west of the sun.

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When the fire goes out, you'll start feeling the cold. You'll wake up whether you want to or not.

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People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die.

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There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.

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Colours shone with exceptional clarity in the rain. The ground was a deep black, the pine branches a brilliant green, the people wrapped in yellow looking like special spirits that were allowed to wander...

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I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.

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What’s more, you’re loads better than you think you are.” “So why is it I get to thinking that way?” I puzzled. “That’s because you’re only half-living.” she said briskly. “The other...

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I was reduced to pure concept. My flesh had dissolved; my form had dissipated. I floated in space. Liberated of my corporeal being, but without dispensation to go anywhere else.I was adrift in the void....

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Killing time is not an easy job.

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But I didn't understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.

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Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.

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When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.

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Why do I act like this, agreeing when I really disagree, letting people force me to do things I don't want to do?

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To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.

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Don't pointless things have a place, too, in this far-from-perfect world?

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My face, my self, what would they mean to anybody? Just another stiff. So this self of mine passes some other's self on the street - what do we have to say to each other? Hey there! Hi ya!That's about...

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Haruki Murakami

You're afraid of imagination and even more afraid of dreams. Afraid of the resposibility that begins in dreams. But you have to sleep and dreams are a part of sleep. When you're awake you can suppress...

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Haruki Murakami

I happen to like the strange ones. People who look normal and leads normal lives - they're the ones you have to watch out for.

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Haruki Murakami

And when you come back to Japan next summer, let's have that date or whatever you want to call it. We can go to the zoo or the botanical garden or the aquarium, and then we'll have the most politically...

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Haruki Murakami

What was lost was lost. There was no retrieving it, however you schemed, no returning to how things were, no going back.

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Haruki Murakami

Then when dusk began to settle he would retrace his steps, back to his own world. And on the way home, a loneliness would always claim his heart. He could never quite get a grip on what it was. It just...

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Haruki Murakami

Better to be a first-class matchbox than a second-class match.

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Haruki Murakami

Have you ever had that feeling—that you’d like to go to a whole different place and become a whole different self?

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Haruki Murakami

In the end, like so many beautiful promises in our lives, that dinner date never came to be.

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Haruki Murakami

The faintest gleam of their lost memories glimmered for the briefest moment in their hearts.

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Haruki Murakami

Well, finally, the events I've been through have been tremendously complicated. All kinds of characters have come on the scene, and strange things have happened one after another, to the point where, if...

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Haruki Murakami

Someone who can search for something is happy. Searching gives a meaning to life. Nowadays it’s not so easy to find something you might be looking for. The most important thing, however, is the search...

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Haruki Murakami

Once she was out of the car and gone, my world was suddenly hollow and meaningless.

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Haruki Murakami

I read Naoko's letter again and again, and each time I read it I would be filled with the same unbearable sadness I used to feel whenever Naoko stared into my eyes. I had no way to deal with it, no place...

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Haruki Murakami

No one could say how long that life would last. Whatever has form can disappear in an instant.

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Haruki Murakami

I didn't feel like I was in my own body; my body was just a lonely, temporary container I happened to be borrowing.

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Haruki Murakami

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from...

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Haruki Murakami

Why?" she screamed. "Are you crazy? You know the English subjunctive, you understand trigonometry, you can read Marx, and you don't know the answer to something as simple as that? Why do you even have...

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Haruki Murakami

Letters are just pieces of paper," I said. "Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.

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Haruki Murakami

I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.

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Haruki Murakami

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.

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Haruki Murakami

What if I’ve forgotten the most important thing?

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Haruki Murakami

You don’t get it, do you?" I said. “It’s not a question of ‘what then’. Some people get a kick out of reading railroad timetables and that’s all they do all day. Some people make huge model...

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Haruki Murakami

Where are you now?’ Where was I now? Gripping the receiver, I raised my hand and turned to see what lay beyond the telephone booth. Where was I now? I had no idea. No idea at all. Where was this place?...

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Haruki Murakami

Give yourself five minutes to consider how you can turn a miserable situation to your benefit and that light bulb is going to click on.

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Haruki Murakami

Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?

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Haruki Murakami

It's a question of attitude. If you really work at something you can do it up to a point. If you really work at being happy you can do it up to a point. But anything more than that you can't. Anything...

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Haruki Murakami

If you listen to the radio for a whole hour there's maybe one decent song. The rest is mass-produced garbage

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Haruki Murakami

I realize now that the reality of things is not something you convey to people but something you make.

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Haruki Murakami

You know what I should do?" Hoshino asked excited. "Of course," the cat said. "What'd I tell you? Cats know everything. Not like dogs.

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Haruki Murakami

Life is like a box of cookies.

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Haruki Murakami

That's evolution. Evolution's always hard. Hard and bleak. No such thing as happy evolution

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Haruki Murakami

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer,...

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Haruki Murakami

Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely.

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Haruki Murakami

Sheep hurt my father, and through my father, sheep have also hurt me.

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Haruki Murakami

Even if there were two of me, I still couldn't do all that has to be done. No matter what, though, I keep up my running. Running every day is a kind of lifeline for me, so I'm not going to lay off or quit...

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Haruki Murakami

One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish.

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Haruki Murakami

The morning air of the pasture turned steadily cooler. Day by day, the bright golden leaves of the birches turned more spotted as the first winds of winter slipped between the withered branches and across...

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Haruki Murakami

Everyone may be ordinary, but they're not normal.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm going to take you out of here ... I'm going to take you home, to the world where you belong, where cats with bent tails live, and there are little backyards, and alarm clocks ring in the morning.

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Haruki Murakami

I hurt myself deeply, though at the time I had no idea how deeply. I should have learned many things from that experience, but when I look back on it, all I gained was one single, undeniable fact. That...

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody's born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like...

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Haruki Murakami

Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end,...

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Haruki Murakami

I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.

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Haruki Murakami

If I'm going to merely ramble, maybe I should just snuggle under the warm covers, think of Miu, and play with myself.

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Haruki Murakami

I have this strange feeling that I'm not myself anymore. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again....

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Haruki Murakami

If they invent a car that runs on stupid jokes, you could go far.

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Haruki Murakami

Of course it hurt that we could never love each other in a physical way. We would have been far more happy if we had. But that was like the tides, the change of seasons--something immutable, an immovable...

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Haruki Murakami

Then I noticed that my shadow was crying too, shedding clear, sharp shadow tears. Have you ever seen the shadows of tears, Mr. Wind-Up Bird? They’re nothing like ordinary shadows. Nothing at all. They...

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Haruki Murakami

What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of the darkness inside me.

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Haruki Murakami

I tell lies sometimes. The last time I lied was a year ago. I absolutely detest lying. You could say that lying and silence are the two greatest sins of present day society. Actually, I lie a lot, and...

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Haruki Murakami

You’re really cute, Midori,” I corrected myself. “What do you mean really cute?” “So cute the mountains crumble and the oceans dry up.

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Haruki Murakami

In dreams you don't need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don't exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don't hurt. Reality is different....

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Haruki Murakami

Animals that not only move by their own free will and share feelings with people but also possess sight and hearing qualify as deserving of names.

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Haruki Murakami

I wander though China. Without ever having boarded a plane. My travels take place here in the Tokoyo subways, in the backseat of a taxi... all of a sudden this city will start to go. In a flash, the buildings...

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Haruki Murakami

Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.

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Haruki Murakami

Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where...

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Haruki Murakami

Tell me how you could say such a thing, she said, staring down at the ground beneath her feet. You're not telling me anything I don't know already. 'Relax your body, and the rest of you will lighten up.'...

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Haruki Murakami

Fairness is a concept that holds only in limited situations. Yet we want the concept to extend to everything, in and out of phase. From snails to hardware stores to married life. Maybe no one finds it,...

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Haruki Murakami

But knowing what I don’t want to do doesn’t help me figure out what I do want to do. I could do just about anything if somebody made me. But I don’t have an image of the one thing I really want to...

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Haruki Murakami

We knew exactly what we wanted in each other. And even so, it ended. One day it stopped, as if the film simply slipped off the reel.

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Haruki Murakami

Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.

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Haruki Murakami

Mediocrity's like a spot on a shirt—it never comes off.

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Haruki Murakami

It was as if I were writing letters to hold together the pieces of my crumbling life.

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Haruki Murakami

The library was like a second home. Or maybe more like a real home, more than the place I lived in. By going every day I got to know all the lady librarians who worked there. They knew my name and always...

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Haruki Murakami

I stare at this ceaseless, rushing crowd and imagine a time a hundred years from now. In a hundred years everybody here-me included-will have disappeared from the face of the earth and turned into ashes...

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Haruki Murakami

The better you were able to imagine what you wanted to imagine, the farther you could flee from reality.

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Haruki Murakami

If you're in pitch blackness, all you can do is sit tight until your eyes get used to the dark

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Haruki Murakami

I closed my eyes and listened carefully for the descendants of Sputnik, even now circling the earth, gravity their only tie to the planet. Lonely metal souls in the unimpeded darkness of space, they meet,...

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Haruki Murakami

How much do you love me?' Midori asked. 'Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter,' I said.

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Haruki Murakami

It feels like everything's been decided in advance that I'm following a path somebody else has already mapped out for me. It doesn't matter how much I think things over, how much effort I put into it....

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Haruki Murakami

Dreaming is the day job of novelists, but sharing our dreams is a still more important task for us. We cannot be novelists without this sense of sharing something.

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Haruki Murakami

Like most novelists, I like to do exactly the opposite of what I'm told. It's in my nature as a novelist. Novelists can't trust anything they haven't seen with their own eyes or touched with their own...

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Haruki Murakami

I've always done whatever I felt like doing in life. People may try to stop me, and convince me I'm wrong, but I won't change.

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Haruki Murakami

Not that we were incompatible: we just had nothing to talk about.

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Haruki Murakami

From the girl who sat before me now...surged a fresh and physical life force. She was like a small animal that has popped into the world with the coming of spring. Her eyes moved like an independent organism...

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Haruki Murakami

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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Haruki Murakami

And, well, mine are kind of on the heavy side anyway. The first day or two, I don't want to do ANYTHING. Make sure you keep away from me then.' I'd like to, but how can I tell?' I asked. O.K., I'll wear...

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Haruki Murakami

I think of myself as more the non-turn-on type. so when I do get turned on, I don’t trust it, I have to investigate the source.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not so weird to me.

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Haruki Murakami

It is sometimes necessary for each person. Fill up with delicious food, get drunk, sing loudly and chat frivolously.

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Haruki Murakami

Love can rebuild the world, they say, so everything's possible when it comes to love.

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Haruki Murakami

Writers have to keep on writing if they want to mature, like caterpillars endlessly chewing on leaves.

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Haruki Murakami

Friends don't need the intervention of a third party. Friendship's a voluntary thing.

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Haruki Murakami

The good thing about writing book is that you can dream while you are awake...

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Haruki Murakami

It's a dark, cool, quiet place. A basement in your soul. And that place can sometimes be dangerous to the human mind. I can open the door and enter that darkness, but I have to be very careful. I can find...

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Haruki Murakami

You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance...

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Haruki Murakami

It feels good to think about you when I'm warm in bed. I feel as if you're curled up there beside me, fast asleep. And I think how great it would be if it were true.

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Haruki Murakami

Silence. How long it lasted, I couldn't tell. It might have been five seconds, it might have been a minute. Time wasn't fixed. It wavered, stretched, shrank. Or was it me that wavered, stretched, and shrank...

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Haruki Murakami

It depends on which reality you take and which reality I take.” (p. 318).

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Haruki Murakami

I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone,...

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person’s heart and dissolve it.

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Haruki Murakami

The world in books seemed so much more alive to me than anything outside. I could see things I'd never seen before. Books and music were my best friends. I had a couple of good friends at school, but never...

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Haruki Murakami

One listless day followed another, with nothing to distinguish one from the next. You could have changed the order and no one would have noticed.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not sure if I could tell the difference—between just staring into space and thinking. We're usually thinking all the time, aren't we? Not that we live in order to think, but the opposite isn't true...

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Haruki Murakami

I'm often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I'm running? I don't...

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Haruki Murakami

You're wrong. The mind is not like raindrops. It does not fall from the skies, it does not lose itself among other things. If you believe in me at all, then believe this: I promise you I will find it....

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Haruki Murakami

This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: At the time, no one knew what was coming.

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Haruki Murakami

I began to draw an invisible boundary between myself and other people. No matter who I was dealing with. I maintained a set distance, carefully monitoring the person’s attitude so that they wouldn’t...

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Haruki Murakami

The journey I'm taking is inside me. Just like blood travels down veins, what I'm seeing is my inner self and what seems threatening is just the echo of the fear in my heart.

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Haruki Murakami

I'll write to you. A super-long letter, like in an old-fashioned novel

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Haruki Murakami

No matter how clear things might become in the forest of story, there was never a clear-cut solution, as there was in math. The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a problem into another...

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Haruki Murakami

I don't know -- maybe the world has two different kinds of people, and for one kind the world is this completely logical, rice pudding place, and for the other it's all hit-or-miss macaroni gratin.

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Haruki Murakami

Tell me, Doctor, are you afraid of death?" "I guess it depends on how you die.

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Haruki Murakami

People's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive.

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Haruki Murakami

Curiosity can bring guts out of hiding at times, maybe even get them going. But curiosity usually evaporates. Gust have to go for the long haul. Curiosity's like a fun friend you can't really trust. It...

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Haruki Murakami

If you're young and talented, it's like you have wings.

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Haruki Murakami

There has to be pain. That's the rule.

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Haruki Murakami

We were, the two of us, still fragmentary beings, just beginning to sense the presence of an unexpected, to be-aquired reality that would fill us and make us whole.

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Haruki Murakami

No matter where i go, i still end up me. What's missing never changes. The scenery may change, but i'm still the same incomplete person. The same missing elements torture me with a hunger that i can never...

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Haruki Murakami

Inside that darkness, i saw rain falling on the sea. Rain softly falling on a vast sea, with no one there to see it. The rain strikes the surface of the sea, yet even the fish don't know it is raining.

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Haruki Murakami

I have come to think that life is a far more limited thing than those in the midst of its maelstorm realize. That light shines into the act of life for only the briefest moment-perhaps only a matter of...

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Haruki Murakami

Time, of course, topples everyone in its path equally- the way that driver beats his old horse until it dies. But the thrashing we receive is one of frightful gentleness. Few of us even realize that we...

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Haruki Murakami

It's easy to forget things you don't need anymore.

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Haruki Murakami

When someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them.

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Haruki Murakami

A poet might die at twenty-one, a revolutionary or a rock star at twenty four. But after that you assume everything’s going to be all right. you’ve made it past Dead Man’s Curve and you’re out...

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Haruki Murakami

That's wrong," she declared. "Everyone must have one thing that they can excel at. It's just a matter of drawing it out, isn't it? But school doesn't know how to draw it out. It crushes the gift. It's...

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Haruki Murakami

two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes

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Haruki Murakami

You got to know your limits. Once is enough, but you got to learn. A little caution never hurt anyone. A good woodsman has only one scar on him. No more, no less.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm still not sure I made the right choice when I told my wife about the bakery attack.But then,it might not have been a question of right or wrong. Which is to say that wrong choices can produce right...

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Haruki Murakami

I didn't have much to say to anybody but kept to myself and my books. With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw it's fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.

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Haruki Murakami

As long as I stared at the clock, at least the world remained in motion. Not a very consequential world, but in motion nonetheless. And as long as I knew the world was still in motion, I knew I existed....

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Haruki Murakami

Time really is one big continuous cloth, no? We habitually cut out pieces of time to fit us, so we tend to fool ourselves into thinking that time is our size, but it really goes on and on.

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Haruki Murakami

The unwaking world was as hushed as a deep forest.

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Haruki Murakami

Become like a sheet of blotting paper and soak it all in. Later on you can figure out what to keep and what to unload.

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Haruki Murakami

Then she took my hand and touched it to the wound beside her eye. I caressed the half-inch scar. As I did so, the waves of her consciousness pulsed through my fingertips and into me - a delicate resonance...

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Haruki Murakami

I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story....

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Haruki Murakami

I’m free, I think. I shut my eyes and think hard and deep about how free I am, but I can’t really understand what it means. All I know is I’m totally alone. All alone in an unfamiliar place, like...

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Haruki Murakami

This is the extent of his knowledge of the sea: it was very big, it was salty, and fish lived there.

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Haruki Murakami

When I wake up, my pillow’s cold and damp with tears. But tears for what? I have no idea.

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Haruki Murakami

Symbolism and meaning are two separate things. I think she found the right words by bypassing procedures like meaning and logic. She captured words in a dream, like delicately catching hold of a butterfly’s...

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Haruki Murakami

Well, think of what I’m doing to you right now. For me I’m the self, and you’re the object. For you, of course, it’s the exact opposite—you’re the self to you and I’m the object. And by exchanging...

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Haruki Murakami

ice contains no future , just the past, sealed away. As if they're alive, everything in the world is sealed up inside, clear and distinct. Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way- cleanly, clearly....

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Haruki Murakami

My father always told me: 'Give somebody a hand and he'll take an arm.

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Haruki Murakami

I don't want our relationship to end like this. You're one of the very few friends I have, and it hurts not being able to see you. When am I going to be able to talk to you? I want you to tell me that...

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Haruki Murakami

You know what girls are like. They turn twenty or twenty-one and all of a sudden they start having these concrete ideas. They get super realistic. And when that happens, everything that seemed so sweet...

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Haruki Murakami

When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it.

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Haruki Murakami

Perhaps most people in the world aren’t trying to be free, Kafka. They just think they are. It’s all an illusion. If they really were set free, most people would be in a real pickle. You’d better...

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Haruki Murakami

Not just beautiful, though — the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me. What I’ve up till now, what I’m going to do — they know it all. Nothing...

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Haruki Murakami

It seems to me, though, that you always understand very well what I can't say very well. Trouble is I end up being even worse at saying things well.

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Haruki Murakami

I wasn't particularly afraid of death itself. As Shakespeare said, die this year and you don't have to die the next.

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Haruki Murakami

We were young, and we had no need for prophecies. Just living was itself an act of prophecy.

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Haruki Murakami

When I was little, I had this science book. There was a section on 'What would happen to the world if there was no friction?' Answer: 'Everything on earth would fly into space from the centrifugal force...

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Haruki Murakami

An empty shell. Those were the first words that sprang to mind. .... Something incredibly important - .. - had disappeared from Miu for good. Leaving behind not life, but its absence

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Haruki Murakami

Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?

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Haruki Murakami

The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.

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Haruki Murakami

This place is too calm, too natural--too complete. I don't deserve it. At least not yet.

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Haruki Murakami

Beyond the window, some kind of small, black thing shot across the sky. A bird, possibly. Or it might have been someone's soul being blown to the far side of the world.

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Haruki Murakami

You can keep as quiet as you like, but one of these days somebody is going to find you.

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Haruki Murakami

Reality was utterly coolheaded and utterly lonely.

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Haruki Murakami

As I see it, you are living with something that you keep hidden deep inside. Something heavy. I felt it from the first time I met you. You have a strong gaze, as if you have made up your mind about something....

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody feels safe belonging not to the excluded minority but to the excluding majority. You think, Oh, I’m glad that’s not me. It’s basically the same in all periods in all societies. If you belong...

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Haruki Murakami

That's what the world is , after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories.

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Haruki Murakami

It's like the Tibetan Wheel of the Passions. As the wheel turns, the values and feelings on the outer rim rise and fall, shining or sinking into darkness. But true love stays fastened to the axle and doesn't...

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Haruki Murakami

sometimes I think I've got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it. I doubt if I can really love anybody.

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Haruki Murakami

Waiting for your answer is one of the most painful things I have ever been through. At least let me know whether or not I hurt you.

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Haruki Murakami

In his or her own way, everyone I saw before me looked happy. Whether they were really happy or just looked it, I couldn't tell. But they did look happy on this pleasant early afternoon in late September,...

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Haruki Murakami

Her partially open lips now opened wide, and her soft, fragrant tongue entered his mouth, where it began a relentless search for unformed words, for a secret code engraved there. Tengo's own tongue responded...

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Haruki Murakami

My arm was not what she needed, but the arm of someone else. My warmth was not what she needed, but the warmth of someone else.

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Haruki Murakami

Nakata's empty inside... Do you know what it means to be completely empty? Being empty is like a vacant house. An unlocked, vacant house. Anybody can come in, anytime they want. That's what scares me the...

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Haruki Murakami

This is no honky-tonk parade. 1Q84 is the real world, where a cut draws real blood, where pain is real pain and fear is real fear. The moon in the sky is no paper moon.

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Haruki Murakami

He appeared before me and departed. We were not able to speak to or touch each other. But in that short interval, he transformed many things inside me. He literally stirred my mind and body the way a spoon...

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Haruki Murakami

Life is not like water. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.

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Haruki Murakami

Something in her small eyes caught the sunlight and glistened, like a glacier on the faraway face of a mountain.

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Haruki Murakami

What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real.

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Haruki Murakami

You can’t look too far ahead. Do that and you’ll lose sight of what you’re doing and stumble. I’m not saying you should focus solely on the details right in front of you, mind you. You’ve got...

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Haruki Murakami

It's just that you're about to do something out of the ordinary. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they...

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Haruki Murakami

If I have left a wound inside you, it is not just your wound but mine as well.

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Haruki Murakami

I am a flawed human being - a far more flawed human being than you realize.

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Haruki Murakami

Will you wait for me forever?

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Haruki Murakami

It's basically impossible for everybody's justice to prevail or everybody's happiness to triumph, so chaos takes over.

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Haruki Murakami

It's good when food tastes good, it's kind of like proof you're alive.

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Haruki Murakami

The world is an inherently unfair place.

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Haruki Murakami

If you think about it, an unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit.

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Haruki Murakami

I don't care what you do to me, but I don't want you to hurt me. I've had enough hurt already in my life. More than enough. Now I want to be happy.

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Haruki Murakami

All of us are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world.

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Haruki Murakami

Inside him, twenty years dissolved and mixed into one complex, swirling whole. Everything that had accumulated over the years-- all he had seen, all the words he has spoken, all the values he had held--...

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Haruki Murakami

Wasn't it better if they kept this desire to see each other hidden within them, and never actually got together? That way, there would always be hope in their hearts. That hope would be a small, yet vital...

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Haruki Murakami

Tengo could hardly believe it-- that in this frantic, labyrinth-like world, two people's hearts-- a boy's and a girl's-- could be connected, unchanged, even though they hadn't seen each other for twenty...

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Haruki Murakami

Where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light. There is no shadow without light and no light without shadow.... We do not know if the so-called Little People are...

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Haruki Murakami

I was reborn," she said, her hot breath brushing his ear. "You were reborn," Tengo said. "Because I died once." "You died once," Tengo repeated. "On a night when there was a cold rain falling," she said....

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Haruki Murakami

Life is so uncertain: you never know what could happen. One way to deal with that is to keep your pajamas washed.

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Haruki Murakami

Now all you can do is wait. It must be hard for you, but there is a right time for everything. Like the ebb and flow of tides. No one can do anything to change them. When it is time to wait, you must wait.

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Haruki Murakami

You throw a stone into a deep pond. Splash. The sound is big, and it reverberates throughout the surrounding area. What comes out of the pond after that? All we can do is stare at the pond, holding our...

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Haruki Murakami

Maybe it's just hiding somewhere. Or gone on a trip to come home. But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you. Who knows — maybe even tomorrow.

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Haruki Murakami

If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.

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Haruki Murakami

What I feel for her is a wholly different emotion. It stands and walks on its own, living and breathing and throbbing and shaking me to the roots of my being.

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Haruki Murakami

Shakespeare said it best,' Tamaru said quietly as he gazed at that lumpish, misshapen head. 'Something along these lines: if we die today, we do not have to die tomorrow, so let us look to the best in...

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Haruki Murakami

Genius or fool, you don't live in the world alone. You can hide underground or you can build a wall around yourself, but somebody's going to come along and screw up the works.

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Haruki Murakami

Listen. I may not be much, but I'm all I've got. Maybe you need a magnifying glass to find my face in my high school graduation photo. Maybe I haven't got any family or friends. Yes, yes, I know all that....

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Haruki Murakami

But if you peeled away the ornamental egos that she had built, there was only an abyss of nothingness and the intense thirst that came with it.

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Haruki Murakami

If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person.

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Haruki Murakami

She was truly a beautiful girl. I could feel a small polished stone sinking through the darkest waters of my heart. All those deep convoluted channels and passageways, and yet she managed to toss her pebble...

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Haruki Murakami

I can't understand nothingness. I can't understand it and I can't imagine it.

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Haruki Murakami

But I found that the longer you teach, the more you feel like a total stranger to yourself

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Haruki Murakami

One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief,...

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Haruki Murakami

Each individual has their own unique color, which shines faintly around the contours of their body. Like a halo. Or a backlight. I'm able to see those colors clearly.

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Haruki Murakami

My imagination is a kind of animal. So what I do is keep it alive

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Haruki Murakami

For some reason all the middle-aged women he knew were very efficient.

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Haruki Murakami

I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live...

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Haruki Murakami

Now and then may not be enough…You have to enjoy it while you’re still young. enjoy it to the fullest. You can use the memories of what you did to warm your body after you get old and can’t do it...

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Haruki Murakami

Grandfather always said school’s a place where they take sixteen years to wear down your brain. Grandfather hardly went to school either.

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Haruki Murakami

I am nothing. I’m like someone who’s been thrown into the ocean at night, floating all alone. I reach out, but no one is there. I call out, but no one answers. I have no connection to anything.

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Haruki Murakami

It's the same with menus and men and just about anything else: we think we're choosing things for ourselves, but in fact we may not be choosing anything. It could be that everthing's being decided in advance...

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody burns out in this world; amateur, pro, it doesn't matter, they all burn out, they all get hurt, the OK guys and the not-OK guys both. That's why everybody takes out a little insurance. I've got...

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Haruki Murakami

pulled into my convenient neighborhood fast food restaurant. I ordered shrimp salad, onion rings, and a beer. The shrimp were straight out of the freezer, the onion rings soggy. Looking around the place,...

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Haruki Murakami

she was beautiful and seemingly quite intelligent, what with her pentameter search system. There wasn't a reason in the world not to find her appealing.

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Haruki Murakami

Huge organizations and me don't get along. They're too inflexible, waste too much time, and have too many stupid people.

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Haruki Murakami

Open your eyes, train your ears, use your head. If a mind you have, then use it while you can.

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Haruki Murakami

I never trust people with no appetite. It's like they're always holding something back on you.

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Haruki Murakami

Our memory is made up of our individual memories and our collective memories. The two are intimately linked. And history is our collective memory. If our collective memory is taken from us - is rewritten...

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Haruki Murakami

Things may look different to you than they did before. I've had that experience myself. But don't let appearances fool you. There's only one reality.

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Haruki Murakami

Mental acuity was never born from comfortable circumstances.

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Haruki Murakami

What we call the present is given shape by an accumulation of the past.

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Haruki Murakami

I go by the gut. I might not appear to have any talent but I've got plenty of gut instinct.

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Haruki Murakami

If you never noticed, it never happened.

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Haruki Murakami

A certain something, he felt, had managed to work its way in through a tiny opening and was trying to fill a blank space inside him. The void was not one that she had made. It had always been there inside...

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Haruki Murakami

If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden. The two processes complement each other, creating a complete landscape that I treasure. The green...

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Haruki Murakami

I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.

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Haruki Murakami

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever...

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Haruki Murakami

Her cry was the saddest sound of orgasm that I had ever heard.

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Haruki Murakami

Our faces were no more than ten inches apart but she was lightyears away from me.

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Haruki Murakami

What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously.

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Haruki Murakami

Her voice was like a line from an old black-and-white Jean-Luc Godard movie, filtering in just beyond the frame of my consciousness.

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Haruki Murakami

I’ve never once thought about how I was going to die,” she said. “I can’t think about it. I don’t even know how I’m going to live.

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Haruki Murakami

Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories...

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Haruki Murakami

When there's nothing to do, you do nothing slowly and intently.

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Haruki Murakami

If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.

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Haruki Murakami

A certain kind of shittiness, a certain kind of stagnation, a certain kind of darkness, goes on propagating itself by its own power in its own self-contained cycle. And once it passes a certain point,...

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Haruki Murakami

Which is why I am writing this book. To think. To understand. It just happens to be the way I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.

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Haruki Murakami

According to Chekhov," Tamaru said, rising from his chair, "once a gun appears in a story, it has to be fired." "Meaning what?" "Meaning, don't bring unnecessary props into a story. If a pistol appears,...

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Haruki Murakami

At the entrance to the original tower, there is a stone into which Jung carved some words with his own hand: 'Cold or not, God is present.

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Haruki Murakami

Whoa!" he says with a smile. The wrinkles at the corners of his eyes deepen. "Chicken salad a la George Orwell!

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Haruki Murakami

My biggest fault is that the faults I was born with grow bigger each year. It's like I was raising chickens inside me. The chickens lay eggs and the eggs hatch into other chickens, which then lay eggs....

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Haruki Murakami

Generally, people who are good at writing letters have no need to write letters. They've got plenty of life to lead inside their own context.

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Haruki Murakami

One of these days they'll be making a film where the whole human race gets wiped out in a nuclear war, but everything works out in the end.

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Haruki Murakami

It is a lonely life sometimes, like throwing a stone into the deep darkness. It might hit something, but you can’t see it. The only thing you can do is to guess, and to believe.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm a very ordinary human being; I just happen to like reading books.

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Haruki Murakami

Problem is, once I sit at my desk and put all these down on paper. I realize something vital is missing. It doesn't crystallize - no crystals, just pebbles. And I'm not transported anywhere.

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Haruki Murakami

Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need...

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Haruki Murakami

As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around.

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Haruki Murakami

At any rate, that’s how I started running. Thirty three—that’s how old I was then. Still young enough, though no longer a young man. The age that Jesus Christ died. The age that Scott Fitzgerald...

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Haruki Murakami

Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice.

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Haruki Murakami

Everyone just keeps on disappearing. Some things vanish, like they were cut away. Others fade slowly into the mist. And all that remains is a desert.

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Haruki Murakami

She was, if anything, on the plain side, at least not the type to attract men wherever she went. But there was something in her face that was meant for me alone. Everytime we met, I took a good look at...

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Haruki Murakami

I was twenty-one at the time, about to turn twenty-two. No prospect of graduating soon, and yet no reason to quit school. Caught in the most curiously depressing circumstances. For months I'd been stuck,...

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Haruki Murakami

I don't know, there's something about you. Say there's an hourglass: the sand's about to run out. Someone like you can always be counted on to turn the thing over.

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Haruki Murakami

Whenever she felt like crying, she would instead become angry—at someone else or at herself—which meant that it was rare for her to shed tears.

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Haruki Murakami

I do feel that I’ve managed to make something I could maybe call my world…over time…little by little. And when I’m inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I...

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Haruki Murakami

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but the world is made up of all kinds of people.

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Haruki Murakami

What the world needs is a set villain that people can point at and say, “It’s all your fault!

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Haruki Murakami

As if to build a fence around the fatal emptiness inside her, she had to create a sunny person that she became. But if you peeled away the ornamental egos that she had built, there was only an abbys of...

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Haruki Murakami

You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring.

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Haruki Murakami

If there’s something I can’t do but want to, I won’t relax until I’m able to do it.

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Haruki Murakami

It doesn’t matter how old I get, but as long as I continue to live I’ll always discover something new about myself.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.

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Haruki Murakami

What’s most important is what you can’t see but can feel in your heart. To be able to grasp something of value, sometimes you have to perform seemingly inefficient acts. But even activities that appear...

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Haruki Murakami

I’m me, and at the same time not me. That’s what it felt like. A very still, quiet feeling.

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Haruki Murakami

That was the rule. Break one of my rules once, and I’m bound to break many more.

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Haruki Murakami

Has the dark shadow really disappeared? Or is it inside me, concealed, waiting for its chance to reappear? Like a clever thief hidden inside a house, breathing quietly, waiting until everyone’s asleep....

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Haruki Murakami

In real life things don’t go so smoothly. At certain points in our lives, when we really need a clear-cut solution, the person who knocks at our door is, more likely than not, a messenger bearing bad...

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not going to get involved in a debate with you. Just remember this: the gods give, and the gods take away. Even if you are not aware of having been granted what you posses, the gods remember what they...

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Haruki Murakami

The young man knows that he is irretrievably lost. This is no town of cats, he finally realizes. It is the place where he is meant to be lost. It is another world, which has been prepared especially for...

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Haruki Murakami

Gazing at the rain, I consider what it means to belong, to become part of something. To have someone cry for me.

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Haruki Murakami

The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When...

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Haruki Murakami

She was hearing everything that went on in his heart, like a person who can trace a map with his fingertip and conjure up vivid, living scenery.

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Haruki Murakami

It's a terrible thing when a person dies, whatever the circumstances. A hole opens up in the world, and we need to pay the proper respects. If we don't, the hole will never be filled in again.

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Haruki Murakami

A story is not something of this world. A real story requires a kind of magical baptism to link the world on this side with the world on the other side.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm tired of living unable to love anyone. I don't have a single friend - not one. And, worst of all, I can't even love myself. Why is that? Why can't I love myself? It's because I can't love anyone else....

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Haruki Murakami

Things can be seen better in the darkness," he said, as if he had just seen into her mind. "But the longer you spend in the dark, the harder it becomes to return to the world aboveground where the light...

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Haruki Murakami

I was in my house, alone in the living room, anxious about you, watching the flashes of lightning. And a flash of lightning lit up this truth for me, right in front of my eye. That night i lost you, I...

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Haruki Murakami

Each day the sun would rise and set, the flag would be raised and lowered. Each Sunday I would have a date with my dead friend’s girl. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to do.

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Haruki Murakami

I was dying. Like all the other people who live in this world.

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Haruki Murakami

It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.

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Haruki Murakami

I wondered if she was trying to convey something to me, something she could not put into words - something prior to words that she could not grasp within herself and which therefore had no hope of ever...

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Haruki Murakami

Don't let appearances fool you. There's always only one reality!

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Haruki Murakami

You like to write. It's the single most important quality for someone who wants to be a writer. But not in itself enough.

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Haruki Murakami

A theory is a battlefield in your head.

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Haruki Murakami

There was just one moon. That familiar, yellow, solitary moon. The same moon that silently floated over fields of pampas grass, the moon that rose--a gleaming, round saucer--over the calm surface of lakes,...

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Haruki Murakami

Let the world move along as it pleased. If it had any business with him, it would be sure to tell him.

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Haruki Murakami

An expectation was there, mixed in with so many other emotions - excitement, resignation, hesitation, confusion, fear - that would well up then wither on the vine. You're optimistic one moment, only to...

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Haruki Murakami

Knowledge and ability were tools, not things to show off.

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Haruki Murakami

If a person remains tense for a long time he might not notice it himself, but it’s like his nerves are a piece of rubber that has been stretched out. It’s hard to go back to the original shape.

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Haruki Murakami

You can have tons of talent, but it won't necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, through, you'll never go hungry.

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Haruki Murakami

Learning another language is like becoming another person.

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Haruki Murakami

Something inside me had dropped away, and nothing came in to fill the cavern.

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Haruki Murakami

I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?

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Haruki Murakami

Hatsumi had a pretty good idea that Nagasawa was sleeping around, but she never complained to him. She was seriously in love with him, but she never made demands. 'I don't deserve a girl like Hatsumi,'...

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Haruki Murakami

Those were strange days, now that I look back at them. In the midst of life, everything revolved around death.

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Haruki Murakami

If I used being busy as an excuse not to run, I'd never run again. I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit.

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Haruki Murakami

In this world, there is no absolute good, no absolute evil," the man said. "Good and evil are not fixed, stable entities, but are continually trading places. A good may be transformed into an evil in the...

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Haruki Murakami

Even if we could turn back, we'd probably never end up where we started.

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Haruki Murakami

The body is not the only target of rape. Violence does not always take a visible form, and not all wounds gush blood.

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Haruki Murakami

As long as I was alive, I was something. That was just how it was. But somewhere along the way it all changed. Living turned me into nothing.

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Haruki Murakami

Death leaves cans of shaving cream half-used.

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Haruki Murakami

They take the circuits out of people’s brains that make it possible for them to think for themselves. Their world is like the one that George Orwell depicted in his novel. I’m sure you realize that...

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Haruki Murakami

Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge,” Aomame said. “Winston Churchill. As I recall it, though, he was making excuses for the British Empire’s budget deficits....

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Haruki Murakami

Of course life frightens me sometimes. I don't happen to take that as the premise for everything else though. I'm going to give it hundred percent and go as far as I can. I'll take what I want and leave...

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Haruki Murakami

Time is too conceptual. Not that it stops us from filling it in. So much so, we can't even tell whether our experiences belong to time or to the world of physical things.

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Haruki Murakami

At my core, there is nothing. Neither is it parched wastelands. At my core, there is love. I'll go on loving that ten-year-old boy named Tengo forever --- his strength, his intelligence, his kindness....

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Haruki Murakami

When microorganisms die, they make oil; when huge timbers fall, they make coal. But everything here was pure, unadulterated rubbish that didn't make anything. Where does a busted videodeck get you?

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Haruki Murakami

I'll be happy if running and I can grow old together.

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Haruki Murakami

Overhead, the two moons worked together to bathe the world in a strange light.

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Haruki Murakami

I guess I felt attached to my weakness. My pain and suffering too. Summer light, the smell of a breeze, the sound of cicadas - if I like these things, why should I apologize?

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Haruki Murakami

But metaphors help eliminate what separates you and me.

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Haruki Murakami

Hatred is like a long, dark shadow. Not even the person it falls upon knows where it comes from, in most cases. It is like a two-edged sword. When you cut the other person, you cut yourself. The more violently...

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Haruki Murakami

What do we talk about? Just ordinary things. What happened today, or books we've read, or tomorrow's weather, you know. Don't tell me you're wondering if people jump to their feet and shout stuff like...

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Haruki Murakami

It's a quiet place, so people talk quietly," said Naoko. She made a neat pile of fish bones at the edge of her plate and dabbed at her mouth with a handkerchief. "There's no need to raise your voice here....

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Haruki Murakami

I found a Bill Evans record in the bookcase and was listening to it while drying my hair when I realized that it was the record I had played in Naoko's room on the night of her birthday, the night she...

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Haruki Murakami

Where the road sloped upward beyond the trees, I sat and looked toward the building where Naoko lived. It was easy to tell which room was hers. All I had to do was find the one window toward the back where...

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Haruki Murakami

What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal.

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Haruki Murakami

When it's raining like this," said Naoko, "it feels as if we're the only ones in the world. I wish it would just keep raining so the three of us could stay together.

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Haruki Murakami

Hey, what is it with you? Why are you so spaced out? You still haven't answered me." I probably still haven't completely adapted to the world," I said after giving it some thought. "I don't know, I feel...

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes when I'm with you, I remember things I lost when I was your age. Like I remember the sound of the rain and the smell of the wind.

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Haruki Murakami

Listening to the music while stretching her body close to its limit, she was able to attain a mysterious calm. She was simultaneously the torturer and the tortured, the forcer and the forced. This sense...

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Haruki Murakami

No, I don't want your money. The world moves less by money than by what you owe people and what they owe you. I don't like to owe anybody anything, so I keep to myself as much on the lending side as I...

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Haruki Murakami

Either I'm funny or the world's funny. I don't know which. The bottle and lid don't fit. It could be the bottle's fault or the lid's fault. In either case, there's no denying that the fit is bad.

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Haruki Murakami

I have these realistic dreams and snap wide awake in the middle of the night. And for a while I can't work out what's real and what isn't... That kind of feeling. Do you have any idea what I'm saying?

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Haruki Murakami

I'm always tripped up by the eternal who am I?

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Haruki Murakami

Human beings are ultimately nothing but carriers-passageways- for genes. They ride us into the ground like racehorses from generation to generation. Genes don't think about what constitutes good or evil....

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Haruki Murakami

Kindness and a caring mind are two separate qualities. Kindness is manners. It is superficial custom, an acquired practice. Not so the mind. The mind is deeper, stronger, and, I believe, it is far more...

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Haruki Murakami

Constipation was one of the things she hated most in the world, on par with despicable men who commit domestic violence and narrow-minded religious fundamentalists.

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Haruki Murakami

Our hearts are not stones. A stone may disintegrate in time and lose its outward form. But hearts never disintegrate. They have no outward form, and whether good or evil, we can always communicate them...

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Haruki Murakami

And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute - like shadows lengthening at dusk....

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Haruki Murakami

I’ve had that kind of experience myself: I’m looking at a map and I see someplace that makes me think, ‘I absolutely have to go to this place, no matter what’. And most of the time, for some reason,...

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Haruki Murakami

The years nineteen and twenty are a crucial stage in the maturation of character, and if you allow yourself to become warped when you're that age, it will cause you pain when you're older.

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Haruki Murakami

His heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small restless body.

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Haruki Murakami

You are entering a phase of your life in which many different things will occur...bad things that seem good at first and good things that seem bad at first.

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Haruki Murakami

It's not right for one friend to do all the giving and the other to do all the taking: that's not read friendship.

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Haruki Murakami

There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person's heart.

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Haruki Murakami

It is the same with anything - you have to learn through your own experience, paying your own way. You can't learn it from a book.

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Haruki Murakami

Any explanation or logic that explains everything so easily has a hidden trap in it. I'm speaking from experience. Somebody once said if it's something a single book can explain, it's not worth having...

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Haruki Murakami

Judging the mistakes of strangers is an easy thing to do - and it feels pretty good.

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Haruki Murakami

I closed my eyes and tried to sleep. But it was not until much later that I was able to get any real sleep. In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.

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Haruki Murakami

I wrote a huge number of letters that spring: one a week to Naoko, several to Reiko, and several more to Midori. I wrote letters in the classroom, I wrote letters at my desk at home with Seagull in my...

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Haruki Murakami

I wonder what ants do on rainy days?

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Haruki Murakami

Where I went in my travels, it's impossible for me to recall. I remember the sights and sounds and smells clearly enough, but the names of the towns are gone, as well as any sense of the order in which...

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Haruki Murakami

I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry,...

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Haruki Murakami

It's not me but the world that's deranged.

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Haruki Murakami

People lose fifty million skin cells every day. The cells get scraped off and turn into invisible dust, and disappear into the air. Maybe we are nothing but skin cells as far as the world is concerned.

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Haruki Murakami

When people tell a lie about something, they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one. ‘Mythomania’ is the word for it.

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Haruki Murakami

Don’t you see? You and he might never cross paths again. Of course, a chance meeting could occur, and I hope it happens. I really do, for your sake. But realistically speaking, you have to see there’s...

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Haruki Murakami

Love and used Subarus were two different things. Weren't they?

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Haruki Murakami

Possibilities are like cancer. The more I think about them, the more they multiply, and there's no way to stop them. I'm out of control.

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Haruki Murakami

Sitting on the floor, I'd replay the past in my head. Funny, that's all I did, day after day after day for half a year, and I never tired of it. What I'd been through seemed so vast, with so many facets....

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Haruki Murakami

What do I like about math? , When I've got figures in front of me, it relaxes me. Kind of like, everything fits where it belongs.

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Haruki Murakami

I've been lonely for so long. And I've been hurt so deeply. If only I could have met you again a long time ago, then I wouldn't have had to take all these detours to get here.' Tengo shook his head. 'I...

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Haruki Murakami

Thanks to the long days of rain, the blades of grass glowed with a deep-green luster, and they gave off the smell of wildness unique to things that sink their roots into the earth.

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Haruki Murakami

Nothing so consumes a person as meaningless exertion

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Haruki Murakami

It might not be perfect, but the fundamental stance I adopted with regard to my home was to accept it, problems and all, because it was something I myself had chosen. If it had problems, these were almost...

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Haruki Murakami

Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart.

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Haruki Murakami

The passage of time will usually extract the venom of most things and render them harmless

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Haruki Murakami

What I want is for the two of us to meet somewhere by chance one day, like, passing on the street, or getting on the same bus.

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Haruki Murakami

A person's last moments are an important thing. You can't choose how you're born but you can choose how you die.

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Haruki Murakami

You're not a kid anymore. You have the right to choose your own life. You can start again. If you want a cat, all you have to do is choose a life in which you can have a cat. It's simple. It's your right.

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Haruki Murakami

Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm scared," she said. "These days I feel like a snail without a shell." "I'm scared too," I said. "I feel like a frog without any webs." She looked up and smiled. Wordlessly we walked over to a shaded...

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Haruki Murakami

Can'ttrustpeople. Won'tdoanygood. They'llkillyoueverytime. They'llkilleachother. They'llkilleveryone.

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Haruki Murakami

There's a special feeling you get on a veranda that you just can't get anywhere else.

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Haruki Murakami

I move, therefore I am.

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Haruki Murakami

I hate requests. They make me feel unhappy. It's like when I take a book out of the library. As soon as I start to read it, all I can think about is when I'll finish it.

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Haruki Murakami

All imperfections are forced upon the imperfect, so the 'perfect' can live content and oblivious.

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Haruki Murakami

I didn't start running because somebody asked me to become a runner. Just like I didn't become a novelist because someone asked me to. One day, out of the blue, I wanted to write a novel. And one day,...

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Haruki Murakami

By then running had entered the realm of the metaphysical. First there came the action of running, and accompanying it there was this entity known as me. I run; therefore I am.

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Haruki Murakami

But I didn't walk a single step. I stopped a lot to stretch, but I never walked. I didn't come here to walk. I came to run. That's the reason-the only reason-I flew all the way to the northern tip of Japan....

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Haruki Murakami

When you see runners in town is easy to distinguish beginners from veterans. The ones panting are beginners; the ones with quiet, measured breathing are the veterans. Their hearts, lost in thought, slowly...

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Haruki Murakami

Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted.

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Haruki Murakami

The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer, because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.

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Haruki Murakami

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.

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Haruki Murakami

In his own way, he's lived life with all the intensity he could muster.

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Haruki Murakami

A life without pain: it was the very thing I had dreamed of for years, but now that I had it, I couldn’t find a place for myself within it. A clear gap separated me from it, and this caused me great...

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Haruki Murakami

I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it -- to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm a coward when it comes to matters of the heart. That is my fatal flaw.

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Haruki Murakami

In a sense, I'm the one who ruined me: I did it myself.

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Haruki Murakami

Wherever there's hope there's a trial.

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Haruki Murakami

Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.

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Haruki Murakami

I'd made it back to the land of the living. No matter how boring or mediocre a world it might be, this was it.

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Haruki Murakami

In certain areas of my life, I actively seek out solitude. Especially for someone in my line of work, solitude is, more or less, an inevitable circumstance. Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation,...

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Haruki Murakami

I am struck by how, except when you're young, you really need to prioritize in life, figuring out in what order you should divide up your time and energy. If you don't get that sort of system set by a...

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Haruki Murakami

In other words, let's face it: Life is basically unfair. But even in a situation that's unfair, I think it's possible to seek out a kind of fairness. Of course, that might take time and effort. And maybe...

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Haruki Murakami

Please remember: things are not what they seem.

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Haruki Murakami

I laughed. “You’re too young to be so … pessimistic,” I said, using the English word. “Pessi-what?” “Pessimistic. It means looking only at the dark side of things.” “Pessimistic … pessimistic...

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Haruki Murakami

When I was fifteen, all I wanted was to go off to some other world, a place beyond anybody’s reach. A place beyond the flow of time.” - But there’s no place like that in this world. - Exactly. Which...

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Haruki Murakami

If you want everything to be nice and straight all the time, then go live in a world made with a triungular ruler.

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Haruki Murakami

I used to think the years would go by in order, that you get older one year at a time. But it's not like that. It happens overnight.

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Haruki Murakami

Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband's. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn't have bothered anyone, but as is...

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Haruki Murakami

Like you're riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an instant it's sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But...

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Haruki Murakami

Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the...

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Haruki Murakami

Even if you managed to escape from one cage, weren't you just in another, larger one?

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Haruki Murakami

A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.

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Haruki Murakami

I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.

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Haruki Murakami

Being alive, if you had to define it, meant emitting a variety of smells

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Haruki Murakami

Math is like water. It has a lot of difficult theories, of course, but its basic logic is very simple. Just as water flows from high to low over the shortest possible distance, figures can only flow in...

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Haruki Murakami

She lived frugally, but her meals were the only things on which she deliberately spent her money. She never compromised on the quality of her groceries, and drank only good-quality wines.

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Haruki Murakami

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

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Haruki Murakami

There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths...

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Haruki Murakami

I wasn't in love with her. And she didn't love me. For me the question of love was irrelevant. What I sought was the sense of being tossed about by some raging, savage force, in the midst of which lay...

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Haruki Murakami

This uneasiness comes over me from time to time, and I feel as if I've somehow been pieced together from two different puzzles.

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Haruki Murakami

Reality's just the accumulation of ominous prophecies come to life. All you have to do is open a newspaper on any given day to weigh the good news versus the bad news, and you'll see what I mean.

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Haruki Murakami

Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane.

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Haruki Murakami

They put up with such strenuous training, and where did their thoughts, their hopes and dreams, disappear to? When people pass away, do their thoughts just vanish?

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Haruki Murakami

Maybe the only thing I can definitely say about is this: That’s life. Maybe the only thing we can do is accept it, without really knowing what’s going on.

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Haruki Murakami

You end up exhausted and spent, but later, in retrospect, you realize what it all was for. The parts fall into place, and you can see the whole picture and finally understand the role each individual part...

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Haruki Murakami

It’s precisely because of the pain, the we can get the feeling, through this process, of really being alive—or at least a partial sense of it.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not a fast reader. I like to linger over each sentence, enjoying the style. If I don't enjoy the writing, I stop.

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Haruki Murakami

That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an...

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Haruki Murakami

I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.

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Haruki Murakami

There had to be something wrong with my life. I should have been born a Yugoslavian shepherd who looked up at the Big Dipper every night.

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Haruki Murakami

Life: I'll never understand it.

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Haruki Murakami

But why should you be interested in me?" Good question. I can’t explain it myself right this moment. But maybe – just maybe – if we start getting together and talking, after a while something like...

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Haruki Murakami

Having an object that symbolizes freedom might make a person happier than actually getting the freedom it represents.

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Haruki Murakami

Artists are those who can evade the verbose.

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Haruki Murakami

If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it.

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Haruki Murakami

I tell you, Mr. Okada, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer. Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn't taste good, but I couldn't disagree more. The first beer...

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Haruki Murakami

All over the world people have developed their own ideas about what's right and wrong in life, but so long as you aren't harming others or the Earth, it's your choice when you decide how you want to live...

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Haruki Murakami

Now for a good twelve-hour sleep, I told myself. Twelve solid hours. Let birds sing, let people go to work. Somewhere out there, a volcano might blow, Israeli commandos might decimate a Palestinian village....

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Haruki Murakami

I don’t know what it means to live.

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Haruki Murakami

Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.

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Haruki Murakami

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm an average person. Is just that I like reading.

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Haruki Murakami

One impossible day, of an impossible month, of an impossible year.

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Haruki Murakami

We never choose anything at all. Things happen. Or not.

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Haruki Murakami

Reading was like an addiction; I read while I ate, on the train, in bed until late at night, in school, where I'd keep the book hidden so I could read during class. Before long I bought a small stereo...

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Haruki Murakami

I can never say what I want to say, it's been like this for a while now. I try to say something but all I get are wrong words - the wrong words or the exact opposite words from what I mean. I try to correct...

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Haruki Murakami

You couldn’t begin to imagine who I am, where I’m going, or what I’m about to do, All of you are trapped here. You can’t go anywhere, forward or back. But I’m not like you. I have work to do....

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Haruki Murakami

What if I’ve forgotten the most important thing? What if somewhere inside me there is a dark limbo where all the truly important memories are heaped and slowly turning into mud?...the thought fills me...

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Haruki Murakami

As long as there's such a thing as time, everybody's damaged in the end, changed into something else. It always happens, sooner or later.

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Haruki Murakami

Mountains, according to the angle of view, the season, the time of day, the beholder's frame of mind, or any one thing, can effectively change their appearance. Thus, it is essential to recognize that...

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Haruki Murakami

What I think is this: You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow.

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Haruki Murakami

I never could stand being forced to do something I didn't want to do at a time I didn't want to do it. Whenever I was able to do something I liked to do, though, when I wanted to do it, and the way I wanted...

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Haruki Murakami

If only I could fall sound asleep and wake up in my old reality!

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Haruki Murakami

Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart...

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Haruki Murakami

But intolerant,narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host,change form,and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause, and I don't want anyone like that coming in here.

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Haruki Murakami

She gave me this look – she might have been watching from a lifeboat as the ship went down. Or maybe it was the other way around.

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Haruki Murakami

It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.

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Haruki Murakami

I write weird stories. I don't know why I like weirdness so much ... But when I write, I write weird. That's very strange. When I'm getting more and more serious, I'm getting more and more weird.

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Haruki Murakami

It's because of you when I'm in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.

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Haruki Murakami

Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.

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Haruki Murakami

The strength I'm looking for isn't the type where you win or lose. I'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. What I want us the kind of strength to be able to absorb that kind of power,...

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Haruki Murakami

Team sports aren't my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don't need a partner to go running, you don't need a particular place, like in tennis, just a...

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Haruki Murakami

As long as an individual's alive, he will undergo experience in some form or other, and those experiences are stored up instant by instant. To stop experiencin' is to die.

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Haruki Murakami

Even when I ran my bar I followed the same policy. A lot of customers came to the bar. If one in ten enjoyed the place and said he'd come again, that was enough. If one out of ten was a repeat customer,...

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Haruki Murakami

Were the stars out when I left the house last evening? All I could remember was the couple in the Skyline listening to Duran Duran. Stars? Who remembers stars? Come to think of it, had I even looked up...

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Haruki Murakami

No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.

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Haruki Murakami

I find myself thinking about my ongoing existence as a human being and the path that lies ahead of me. Though of course these thoughts lead to but one place - death.

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Haruki Murakami

The curious thing about individuals is that their singularity always goes beyond any category or generalization in the book.

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Haruki Murakami

This was never any place I was meant to be. This isn’t a place for me.

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Haruki Murakami

Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.

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Haruki Murakami

Everything, everything seemed once-upon-a-time.

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Haruki Murakami

I've always liked libraries. They're quiet and full of books and full of knowledge.

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Haruki Murakami

You said that the mind is like the wind but perhaps it is we who are like the wind Knowing nothing, simply blowing through. Never aging, never dying.

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Haruki Murakami

People fall in love without reason, without even wanting to. You can't predict it. That's love.

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Haruki Murakami

We're both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We're connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.

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Haruki Murakami

Our responsibility begins with our imagination.

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Haruki Murakami

A person’s destiny is something you look back at afterwards, not something to be known in advance.

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Haruki Murakami

Of course you keep telling yourself there's something to be learned from everything, and growing old shouldn't be that hard. That's the general drift.

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Haruki Murakami

Everything in life is a metaphor.

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Haruki Murakami

Each of us possesses a tangible living soul. The system has no such thing. We must not allow the system to exploit us.

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Haruki Murakami

So many dreams, so many disappointments, so many promises. And in the end, they all just vanish.

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Haruki Murakami

She curled up and pressed her cheek against his chest. Her ear was right above his heart. She was listening to his thoughts. "I need to know this," Aomame said. "That we're in the same world, seeing the...

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Haruki Murakami

It's just like sex; when [a book is] finished, it's finished.

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Haruki Murakami

I want to write stories that are different from the ones I've written so far, Junpei thought: I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold...

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Haruki Murakami

It's just a feeling I have. What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real. My enemy is, among other things, the me inside me.

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Haruki Murakami

When it's all over, it'll seem like a dream.

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Haruki Murakami

You don't have to judge the whole world by your own standards. Not everybody is like you, you know.

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Haruki Murakami

You have to make an effort to always look at the good side, always think about the good things. Then you've got nothing to be afraid of. If something bad comes up, you do more thinking at that point.

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Haruki Murakami

It was a small room with dim light coming in the window, reminiscent of old Polish films.

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Haruki Murakami

There are lots of things we never understand, no matter how many years we put on, no matter how much experience we accumulate.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm the kind of person who has to totally commit to whatever I do.

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Haruki Murakami

Some people can work their butts off and never get what they're aiming for while others can get it without any effort at all.

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Haruki Murakami

If you do anything out of the ordinary, you can be sure someone, somewhere, will get upset.

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Haruki Murakami

An unhealthy soul requires a healthy body.

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Haruki Murakami

As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves.

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Haruki Murakami

No matter how long you stand there examining yourself naked before a mirror, you'll never see reflected what's inside.

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Haruki Murakami

To be able to grasp something of value, sometimes you have to perform seemingly inefficient acts.

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Haruki Murakami

The good thing about writing books is that you can dream while you are awake. If it’s a real dream, you cannot control it. When writing the book, you are awake; you can choose the time, the length, everything....

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Haruki Murakami

In order to pin down reality as realilty, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within...

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Haruki Murakami

My grandpa always said asking a question is embarrassing for a moment, but not asking is embarrassing for a lifetime.

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Haruki Murakami

Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg. No matter how right the wall may be and how wrong the egg, I will stand with the egg. Someone else...

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Haruki Murakami

Writing talent is similar to the art of chatting up a girl. You can improve to a certain degree through practice, but basically you are either born with it or you aren't.

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Haruki Murakami

Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life

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Haruki Murakami

But this thing, whatever it was, this mistlike something, hung there inside my body like a certain kind of potential. I wanted to give it a name, but the word refused to come to mind. I’m terrible at...

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Haruki Murakami

Like a Chinese box, the world of the novel contained smaller worlds, and inside those were yet smaller worlds. Together, these worlds made up a single universe, and the universe waited there in the book...

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Haruki Murakami

It seemed to me that this world has a serious shortage of both logic and kindness.

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Haruki Murakami

I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I feel so- I don’t know - lonely. The kind of helpless feeling when everything you’re used to has been ripped away. Like there’s no more gravity, and I’m left to drift in outer space...

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Haruki Murakami

And everywhere, infinite options, infinite possibilities. An infinity, and at the same time, zero. We try to scoop it all up in our hands, and what we get is a handful of zero. That's the city

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Haruki Murakami

The pillow smells like the sunlight, a precious smell.

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Haruki Murakami

You know what it’s like when you’re trying to fall asleep and it only makes you more wide awake?

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Haruki Murakami

Whenever I get into something, I shut out everything else.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.

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Haruki Murakami

My biggest fault is that the faults I was born with grow bigger each year.

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Haruki Murakami

I think certain types of processes don’t allow for any variation. If you have to be part of that process, all you can do is transform—or perhaps distort—yourself through that persistent repetition,...

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Haruki Murakami

Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.

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Haruki Murakami

I may not be the most likable person in the world, but I try not to upset people.

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Haruki Murakami

Ordinary imperfect people, always choose similarly imperfect people as friends.

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Haruki Murakami

It seems to me that very sad things always contain an element of the comical

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Haruki Murakami

Whenever I look at the ocean, I always want to talk to people, but when I'm talking to people, I always want to look at the ocean.

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Haruki Murakami

For a long time, she held a special place in my heart. I kept this special place just for her, like a "Reserved" sign on a quiet corner table in a restaurant. Despite the fact that I was sure I'd never...

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Haruki Murakami

Listen--God only exists in people's minds. Especially in Japan, God's always been kind of a flexible concept. Look at what happened after the war. Douglas MacArthur ordered the divine emperor to quit being...

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Haruki Murakami

I was confident that I was a special person. But time slowly chips away at life. People don't just die when their time comes. They gradually die away, from the inside. And finally the day comes when you...

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Haruki Murakami

The silence grew deeper, so deep that if you listened carefully you might very well catch the sound of the earth revolving on its axis.

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Haruki Murakami

Some things are forgotten, some things disappear, some things die.

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody has some one thing they do not want to lose," began the man. "You included. And we are professionals at finding out that very thing. Humans by necessity must have a midway point between their...

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Haruki Murakami

All you have to do is wait,” I explained. “Sit tight and wait for the right moment. Not try to change anything by force, just watch the drift of things. Make an effort to cast a fair eye on everything....

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Haruki Murakami

If I choose to write about sheep, it's just because I happened to write about sheep. There is no deep significance.

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Haruki Murakami

No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.

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Haruki Murakami

If you miss the bus, miss the train, you’d be left behind. So everyone says, let’s get on the train, let’s get on the bus and go faster and get rich... I just didn’t like that kind of lifestyle....

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Haruki Murakami

People with dark souls have nothing but dark dreams. People with really dark souls do nothing but dream.

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Haruki Murakami

Still, in the end, we all die just the same.

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Haruki Murakami

Even if you don't acknowledge it, people die, and guys sleep with girls. That's just how it is.

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Haruki Murakami

The moon had been observing the earth close-up longer than anyone. It must have witnessed all of the phenomena occurring - and all of the acts carried out - on this earth. But the moon remained silent;...

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Haruki Murakami

The worst thoughts usually strike in the dead of the night.

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Haruki Murakami

Things pass us by. Nobody can catch them. That's the way we live our lives.

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Haruki Murakami

You know what I'd really like to do the most right now? Climb up to the top of some high place like the pyramids. The highest place I can find. Where you can see forever. Stand on the very top, look all...

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Haruki Murakami

But still," Ayumi said, "it seems to me that this world has a serious shortage of both logic and kindness." "You may be right," Aomame said, "But it's too late to trade it in for another one.

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Haruki Murakami

Let me tell you something, Mari. The ground we stand on looks solid enough, but if something happens it can drop right out from under you. And once that happens, you've had it: things'll never be the same....

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Haruki Murakami

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.

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Haruki Murakami

Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.

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Haruki Murakami

Dance," said the Sheep Man. "Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougotta dance. Don'teventhinkwhy. Starttothink, yourfeetstop. Yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you'restuck. Sodon'tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb....

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Haruki Murakami

At least he never walked.

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Haruki Murakami

People need routines. It's like a theme in music. But it also restrictsyour thoughts and actions and limits your freedom. It structures your priorities and in some cases distorts your logic.

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Haruki Murakami

You've already decided what you're going to do, and all that's left is to set the wheels in motion. I mean, it's your life. Basically, you gotta go with what you think is right.

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Haruki Murakami

What's nurtured slowly grows well.

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Haruki Murakami

Isn't life strange? There are people who have so many leftover clothes they can't stuff them all in their wardrobe. And then there are people like me, whose socks never match.

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Haruki Murakami

Irrepressible curiosity vied with an instinctive fear.

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Haruki Murakami

What we needed were not words and promises but a steady accumulation of small realities.

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Haruki Murakami

Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.

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Haruki Murakami

This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread...

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Haruki Murakami

Most of the psychological differences between men and women seem to come from differences in their reproductive system

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Haruki Murakami

We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once...

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Haruki Murakami

Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the...

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Haruki Murakami

In dreams begins responsiblities.

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Haruki Murakami

The ones with no imagination are always the quickest to justify themselves.

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Haruki Murakami

You know, they've got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don't like others? And you eat all the ones you like, and the only ones left are the ones you don't like as much? I always think...

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Haruki Murakami

Loving another person is a wonderful thing, and if that love is sincere, no one ends up tossed into a labyrinth. You have to have more faith in yourself.

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Haruki Murakami

I'll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell.

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Haruki Murakami

The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests...

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Haruki Murakami

I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.

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Haruki Murakami

Painful is the stress when one cannot reproduce or convey vividly to others, however hard he tries, what he's experienced so intensely.

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Haruki Murakami

What matters is deciding in your heart to accept another person completely. When you do that, it is always the first time and the last.

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Haruki Murakami

Once a guy starts using a wig, he has to keep using one. It's, like, his fate. That's why wig makers make such huge profits. I hate to say it, but they're like drug dealers.

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Haruki Murakami

So this was how secrets got started, I thought to myself. People constructed them little by little.

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Haruki Murakami

Maybe she thought the garbage and rocks in your head were interesting. But finally, garbage is garbage and rocks are rocks.

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Haruki Murakami

A girl doesn't always want to go out, you know, Mr. Wind-Up Bird. Sometimes she feels like being nasty--like, if the guy's gonna wait, let him really wait.

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Haruki Murakami

All right, then, I thought: here I am in the bottom of a well.

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Haruki Murakami

Some things, you know, if you say them, it makes them not true?

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Haruki Murakami

You might think you made a new world or a new self, but your old self is always gonna be there, just below the surface, and if something happens, it'll stick its head out and say 'Hi.' You don't seem to...

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Haruki Murakami

You always look so cool, like no matter what happens, it’s got nothing to do with you, but you’re not really like that. In your own way, you’re out there fighting as hard as you can, even if other...

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Haruki Murakami

With the advent of winter, her eyes seemed to take on a greater transparency, a transparency that lead nowhere. Occassionally, for no particular reason, Naoko would gaze into my eyes as if searching for...

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Haruki Murakami

But the silence spoke volumes.

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Haruki Murakami

Here, too, a brand-new day is beginning. It could be a day like all the others, or it could be a day remarkable enough in many ways to remain in the memory. In either case, for now, for most people, it...

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Haruki Murakami

The world is full of ways and means to waste time.

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Haruki Murakami

I’m just kinda tired. Like a monkey in the rain.

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Haruki Murakami

I could disappear from the face of the earth, and the world would go on moving without the slightest twinge. Things were tremendously complicated, to be sure, but one thing was clear: no one needed me.

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Haruki Murakami

It's the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes.

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Haruki Murakami

If you try to use your head to think about things, people don't want to have anything to do with you

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Haruki Murakami

Like flowers scattered in a storm, a man's life is a long farewell.

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Haruki Murakami

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays.

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Haruki Murakami

Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself

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Haruki Murakami

Probably." "Again with the probablys." "A world full of probablys," she said.

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Haruki Murakami

He sometimes wondered if she had become involved with him just so that she could cry in someone's arms. Maybe she can't cry alone, and that's why she needs me.

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Haruki Murakami

That’s all I think about these days. Must be because I have so much time to kill every day. When you don’t have anything to do, your thoughts get really, really far out-so far out you can’t follow...

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Haruki Murakami

That's how people live in the real world: forcing stuff on each other.

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.

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Haruki Murakami

Far away, I could hear them lapping up my brains. Like Macbeth's witches, the three lithe cats surrounded my broken head, slurping up that thick soup inside. The tips of their rough tongues licked the...

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Haruki Murakami

Find me now. Before someone else does.

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Haruki Murakami

I can be hurt, you know. I can get as exhausted as anybody else. I can feel so bad I want to cry, too.

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Haruki Murakami

It's like a kid standing at the window watching the rain.

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Haruki Murakami

What do you think? I'm not a starfish or a pepper tree. I'm a living, breathing human being. Of course I've been in love.

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Haruki Murakami

Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars.

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Haruki Murakami

Like it or not, it's the society we live in. Even the standard of right and wrong has been subdivided, made sophisticated. Within good, there's fashionable good and unfashionable good, and ditto for bad....

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Haruki Murakami

It's basically the same in all periods of societies. If you belong to the majority, you can avoid thinking about lots of troubling things.' 'And those troubling things are all you /can/ think about when...

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Haruki Murakami

As with marathon runs and lengths of toilet paper, there had to be standards to measure up to.

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Haruki Murakami

She was a keen observer, a precise user of language, sharp-tongued and funny. She could stir your emotions. Yes, really, that's what she was so good at - stirring people's emotions, moving you. And she...

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Haruki Murakami

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand...

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Haruki Murakami

Everything just blows me away.

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Haruki Murakami

That's gotta be one of the principles behind reality. Accepting things that are hard to comprehend, and leaving them that way.

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Haruki Murakami

I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, “It’s true. There aren’t any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words.”...

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes you’re just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one.

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Haruki Murakami

You’re optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does.

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Haruki Murakami

I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do. To dream, to live in the world of dreams. But it doesn’t last forever. Wakefulness always comes to take me back.

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Haruki Murakami

Pointless thinking is worse than no thinking at all.

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Haruki Murakami

That’s what love’s all about. You’re the only one having those wonderful feelings, but you have to go it alone as you wander through the dark your mind and body have to bear it all. All by yourself.

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Haruki Murakami

He felt as if his heart had dried up. I needed her he thought. I needed someone like her to fill the void inside me. But I wasn’t able to fill the void inside her. Until the bitter end, the emptiness...

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Haruki Murakami

A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do.

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Haruki Murakami

Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes,’ I’m unsure how to talk to you

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Haruki Murakami

Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock 'n' roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness...

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Haruki Murakami

We all die and disappear, but that's because the mechanism of the world itself is built on destruction and loss.

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Haruki Murakami

I think of rivers, of tides. Forests and water gushing out. Rain and lightning. Rocks and shadows. All of these are in me.

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Haruki Murakami

Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.

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Haruki Murakami

For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting.

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Haruki Murakami

my heart would swell without warning, and tremble, and lurch with a stab of pain. I would try clamping my eyes shut and gritting my teeth, and waiting for it to pass. And it would pass -- but slowly, taking...

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Haruki Murakami

I saw that she was crying. Before I knew it, I was kissing her. Others on the platform were staring at us, but I didn't care about such things anymore. We were alive, she and I. And all we had to think...

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Haruki Murakami

[...] Shimamoto had her own little world within her. A world that was for her alone, one I could not enter.

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Haruki Murakami

Most human activities are predicated on the assumption that life goes on. If you take that premise away, what is there left?

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Haruki Murakami

Death was not the opposite of life. It was already here, within my being, it had always been here, and no struggle would permit me to forget that.

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Haruki Murakami

I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough." "Waiting for perfect love?" "No, even I know better than that. I'm looking for selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want...

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Haruki Murakami

I've never met a girl who thinks like you." "A lot of people tell me that," she said, digging at a cuticle. "But it's the only way I know how to think. Seriously. I'm just telling you what I believe. It's...

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Haruki Murakami

In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s...

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Haruki Murakami

Only the Dead stay seventeen forever.

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Haruki Murakami

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

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Haruki Murakami

Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won't be able to escape it. Still, you have to go...

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Haruki Murakami

Let me just tell you this, Watanabe," said Midori, pressing her cheek against my neck. "I'm a real, live girl, with real, live blood gushing through my veins. You're holding me in your arms and I'm telling...

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Haruki Murakami

So I made up my mind I was going to find someone who would love me unconditionally three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Watanabe: Wow, and did your search pay off? M: That's the hard part. I guess...

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Haruki Murakami

Everybody thinks I'm this delicate little girl. But you can't tell a book by it's cover.' To which she added a momentary smile.

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Haruki Murakami

I stare at her chest. As she breathes, the rounded peaks move up and down like the swell of waves, somehow reminding me of rain falling softly on a broad stretch of sea. I'm the lonely voyager standing...

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Haruki Murakami

And so they parted, she to the east, and he to the west. The test they had agreed upon, however, was utterly unnecessary. They should never have undertaken it, because they really and truly were each other's...

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Haruki Murakami

Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.

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Haruki Murakami

There are many things we only see clearly in retrospect.

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Haruki Murakami

It's just like Yeats said. In dreams begin responsibilities. Flip this around and you could say that where there's no power to imagine, no responsibility can arise.

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Haruki Murakami

So once you're dead there's just nothing? Mari: Basically... Korogi: I get so scared when I start thinking about this stuff. I can hardly breathe, and my whole body wants to shrink into a corner. It's...

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Haruki Murakami

I have been told I've got a darkish personality. A few times." Takahashi swings his trombone case from his right shoulder to his left. Then he says, "It's not as if our lives are divided simply into light...

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Haruki Murakami

Time moves in it special way in the middle of the night.

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Haruki Murakami

With luck, it might even snow for us.

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Haruki Murakami

At times like this, adults need a drink

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Haruki Murakami

Who can really distinguish between the sea and what's reflected in it? Or tell the difference between the falling rain and loneliness?

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Haruki Murakami

Ever since that happened to me, I haven't been able to give myself to anyone in this world.

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Haruki Murakami

I think most people live in fiction...That's how you keep your fragile body intact.

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Haruki Murakami

Lots of different ways to live and lots of different ways to die. But in the end that doesn't make a bit of difference. All that remains is a desert.

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Haruki Murakami

They were each like a mirror for the other, reflecting the changes in themselves.

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Haruki Murakami

Of what value is a civilization that can't toast a piece of bread as ordered?

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Haruki Murakami

The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground

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Haruki Murakami

Passion can’t sustain itself forever.

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Haruki Murakami

I learned that realism can come in all shapes and sizes. The world is big enough for different values to coexist.

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Haruki Murakami

Memory is like fiction; or else it's fiction that's like memory.

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Haruki Murakami

This was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets, like an antique clock built when peace filled the world.

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Haruki Murakami

But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than...

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Haruki Murakami

Autumn finally arrived. And when it did, I came to a decision. Something had to give: I couldn't keep on living like this.

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Haruki Murakami

But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drink, the very air I breathe, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take...

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Haruki Murakami

Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.

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Haruki Murakami

I don’t know, I don’t feel right unless I’ve got the sea and mountains nearby. People are mostly a product of where they were born and raised. How you think and feel’s always linked to the lay...

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Haruki Murakami

I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.

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Haruki Murakami

It was a short one-paragraph item in the morning edition.

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Haruki Murakami

In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life.

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Haruki Murakami

I was thirty-seven then, strapped in my seat as the huge 747 plunged through dense cloud cover on approach to the Hamburg airport.

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Haruki Murakami

Did you ever see anyone shot by a gun without bleeding?

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Haruki Murakami

Does G get angry because it follows F in the alphabet? Does page 68 in a book start a revolution because it follows 67?

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Haruki Murakami

How many times have you said, 'This is it. I've finally found my one true love'? And how many times has the reality turned out differently? Paperback romances and fairy tales promote an ideal of a first...

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Haruki Murakami

I want to believe you, but if that's true, I just don't get it. Why does loving somebody mean you have to hurt them just as much? I mean, if that's the way it goes, what's the point of loving someone?

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Haruki Murakami

On any given day, something claims our attention. Anything at all, inconsequential things. A rosebud, a misplaced hat, that sweater we liked as a child, an old Gene Pitney record. A parade of trivia with...

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Haruki Murakami

After all this, I won't start to hate you.

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Haruki Murakami

If you really want to know something, you have to be willing to pay the price.

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Haruki Murakami

...most people in the world don't really use their brains to think. And people who don't think are the ones who don't listen to others.

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Haruki Murakami

No matter what you tell me, no matter how legitimate your reasons, I can never just forget about you, I can never push the years we spent together out of my mind. I can't do it because it really happened,...

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Haruki Murakami

People soon get tired of things that aren't boring, but not of what is boring.

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Haruki Murakami

But if something did happen, it happened. Whether it's right or wrong. I accept everything that happens, and that's how I became the person I am now.

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Haruki Murakami

The Earth, time, concepts, love, life, faith justice, evil - they're all fluid and in transition. They don't stay in one form or in one place forever. The whole universe is like some big FedEx box.

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Haruki Murakami

And it was the kind of thing that loses the most important nuances when reduced to words. He had never told anyone about it, and he probably never would.

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Haruki Murakami

There’s nothing wrong with not looking like something. It just means you don’t fit the stereotype yet.

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Haruki Murakami

Was it Aristotle who said the human soul is composed of reason, will, and desire?” “No, that was Plato. Aristotle and Plato were as different as Mel Tormé and Bing Crosby. In any case, things were...

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Haruki Murakami

What's really important here," I whispered loudly to myself,"is not the big things other people have thought up, but the small things you, yourself have

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Haruki Murakami

It’s pretty thin, the wall separating healthy confidence and unhealthy Pride.

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Haruki Murakami

People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues.

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Haruki Murakami

Don't pointless things have a place, too, in this far-from-perfect world? Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life, and it'd lose even its imperfection.

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Haruki Murakami

To know one’s own state is not a simple matter. One cannot look directly at one’s own face with one’s own eyes, for example. One has no choice but to look at one’s reflection in the mirror. Through...

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Haruki Murakami

..finally he was just another ant, working and working until he died without meaning.

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Haruki Murakami

All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.

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Haruki Murakami

In most cases learning something essential in life requires physical pain.

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Haruki Murakami

He does not exist here, with me, but flesh that does not exist will never die, and promises unmade are never broken.

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Haruki Murakami

Strong and independent? I’m neither. I’m just being pushed along by reality, whether I like it or not.

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Haruki Murakami

But if you knew you might not be able to see it again tomorrow, everything would suddenly become special and precious, wouldn’t it?

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Haruki Murakami

Another person's life is that person's life. You can't take responsibility.

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Haruki Murakami

Start making excuses and there's no end to it. I can't live that kind of life.

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Haruki Murakami

If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe #‎ running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest...

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Haruki Murakami

And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars,...

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Haruki Murakami

Once you let yourself grow close to someone, cutting the ties could be painful.

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not afraid to die. What I'm afraid of is having reality get the better of me, of having reality leave me behind.

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Haruki Murakami

Life doesn't require ideals. It requires standards of action.

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Haruki Murakami

That's why I like listening to Schubert while I'm driving. Like I said, it's because all his performances are imperfect. A dense, artistic kind of imperfection stimulates your consciousness, keeps you...

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Haruki Murakami

The most dangerous creature here would have to be me. So maybe I'm just scared of my own shadow.

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Haruki Murakami

I generally concentrate on work for three or four hours every morning. I sit at my desk and focus totally on what I’m writing. I don’t see anything else, I don’t think about anything else.

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Haruki Murakami

In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.

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Haruki Murakami

Never trust a man who carries a handkerchief, I always say. One of many prejudicial rules of thumb.

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Haruki Murakami

I can't build a simple shelf. I have no idea how to change an oil filter on a car. I can't even stick a stamp on an envelope straight. And I'm always dialling the wrong number. But I have come up with...

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Haruki Murakami

When I'm running I don't have to talk to anybody and don't have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can't do without.

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Haruki Murakami

Her pupils have taken on a lonely hue, like grey clouds reflected in a calm lake.

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Haruki Murakami

I may not look it, but I can be a very patient guy. And killing time is one of my specialities.

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Haruki Murakami

The things she most wanted to tell him would lose their meaning the moment she put them into words.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes when I think of life, I feel like a piece of driftwood washed up on shore.

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Haruki Murakami

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves.

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Haruki Murakami

What would tomorrow bring? I wondered. Both hands on the wheel, I closed my eyes. I didn’t feel like I was in my own body; my body was just a lonely, temporary container I happened to be borrowing. What...

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Haruki Murakami

There weren't any curtains in the windows, and the books that didn't fit into the bookshelf lay piled on the floor like a bunch of intellectual refugees.

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Haruki Murakami

The ocean was one of the greatest things he had ever seen in his life—bigger and deeper than anything he had imagined. It changed its color and shape and expression according to time and place and weather....

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Haruki Murakami

Once thing goes wrong, then the whole house of cards collapses. And there's no way you can extricate yourself. Until someone comes along to drag you out.

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Haruki Murakami

I am here, alone, at the end of the world. I reach out and touch nothing.”.

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Haruki Murakami

If I stayed here, something inside me would be lost forever—something I couldn't afford to lose. It was like a vague dream, a burning, unfulfilled desire. The kind of dream people have only when they're...

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Haruki Murakami

To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.

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Haruki Murakami

So I'm not crazy after all! I thought it looked good myself once I cut it all off. Not one guy likes it, though. They all tell me I look like a first grader or a concentration camp survivor. What's this...

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Haruki Murakami

We heard no other sounds. We met no other people. We saw only two bright red birds leap startled from the center of the meadow and dart into the woods.

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Haruki Murakami

Love with complications. Scenery was the last thing on my mind.

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Haruki Murakami

My very existence, my life in the world, seemed like a hallucination. A strong wind would make me think my body was about to be blown to the end of the earth, to some land I had never seen or heard of,...

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Haruki Murakami

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come...

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Haruki Murakami

Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events...

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Haruki Murakami

No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.

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Haruki Murakami

you mean machines are like humans?" I shook my head. "No, not like humans. With machines the feeling is, well, more finite. It doesn't go any further. With humans it's different. The feeling is always...

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Haruki Murakami

You live by yourself for a stretch of time and you get to staring at different objects. Sometimes you talk to yourself. You take meals in crowded joints. You develop an intimate relationship with your...

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Haruki Murakami

it occurred to me what a simple thing reality is, how easy it is to make it work. It's just reality. Just housework. Just a home. Like running a simple machine. Once you learn to run it, it's just a matter...

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Haruki Murakami

Those five fingers and that palm were like a display case crammed full of everything I wanted to know--and everything I had to know. By taking my hand, she showed me what these things were. That within...

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Haruki Murakami

Precipitate as weather, she appeared from somewhere, then evaporated, leaving only memory.

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Haruki Murakami

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.

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Haruki Murakami

Thinking about spaghetti that boils eternally but is never done is a sad, sad thing.

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Haruki Murakami

Okay, let’s put it this way. I would like to sleep with you. But it’s alright if I don’t sleep with you. What I’m saying is I’d like to be as fair as possible. I don’t want to force anything...

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Haruki Murakami

It's true though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night," the bartender says, loudly striking a book match and lighting a cigarette. "You can't fight it.

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Haruki Murakami

What do you mean, 'playing really creatively'? Can you give me an example?" "Hmm, let's see ... you send the music deep enough into your heart so that it makes your body undergo a kind of a physical shift,...

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Haruki Murakami

Why do people have to build such depressing places? I'm not saying that every nook and cranny of the world has to be beautiful, but does it have to be this ugly?

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Haruki Murakami

I think I'll stay alive here a bit longer, and see with my own eyes what's going to happen. I can still die after that - it won't be too late. Probably.

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Haruki Murakami

How about Proust's In Search of Lost Time?" Tamaru asked. "If you've never read it this would be a good opportunity to read the whole thing." "Have you read it?" "No, I haven't been in jail, or had to...

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Haruki Murakami

But actually time isn't a straight line. It doesn't ave a shape. In all senses of the term, it doesn't have any form. But since we can't picture something without form in our minds, for the sake of convenience...

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Haruki Murakami

Is this what it means to go back to square one? Most likely. He had nothing left to lose, other than his life.

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Haruki Murakami

You said you're going far away," Tamaru said. "How far away are we talking about?" "It's a distance that can't be measured." "Like the distance that separates one person's heart from another's.

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Haruki Murakami

The whole terrible fight occured in the area of imagination. That is the precise location of our battlefield. It is there, that we experience our victories and defeats.

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Haruki Murakami

What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.

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Haruki Murakami

Whenever I meet people for the first time, I get them to talk for ten minutes. Then I size them up from the exact opposite perspective of all they’ve told me. Do you think that’s crazy? “No,” I...

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Haruki Murakami

I feel like I've swallowed a cloudy sky

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Haruki Murakami

Potentiality knocks on the door of my heart. [On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning ]

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Haruki Murakami

Life might just be an absurd, even crude, chain of events and nothing more.

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Haruki Murakami

Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.

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Haruki Murakami

In terms of evolutionary history, it was only yesterday that men learned to walk around on two legs and get in trouble thinking complicated thoughts. So don't worry, you'll burn out.

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Haruki Murakami

People have their own reasons for dying. It might look simple, but it never is. It's just like a rock. What's above ground is only a small part of it. But if you start pulling, it keeps coming and coming....

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Haruki Murakami

She was seriously in love, but she never made demands.

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Haruki Murakami

She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, "I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to...

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Haruki Murakami

Whether in music or in fiction, the most basic thing is rhythm. Your style needs to have good, natural, steady rhythm, or people won't keep reading your work.

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Haruki Murakami

If you really want to know what's happening here and now, you've got to use your own eyes and your own judgment.

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Haruki Murakami

Is it against the law for me to know it?

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Haruki Murakami

I love pop culture -- the Rolling Stones, the Doors, David Lynch, things like that. That's why I said I don't like elitism.

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Haruki Murakami

So this was how secrets got started, I thought to myself. People constructed them little by little. I had not intended to keep May Kasahara a secret from Kumiko. My relationship with her was not that big...

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Haruki Murakami

Kumiko and I felt something for each other from the beginning. It was not one of those strong, impulsive feelings that can hit two people like an electric shock when they first meet, but something quieter...

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Haruki Murakami

Only people who have been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. Each person feels the pain in his own way, each has his own scars. So I think I'm as concerned about fairness and justice...

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Haruki Murakami

The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory.

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Haruki Murakami

Oshima's silent for a time as he gazes at the forest, eyes narrowed. Birds are flitting from one branch to the next. His hands are clasped behind his head. "I know how you feel," he finally says. "But...

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Haruki Murakami

My peak? Would I even have one? I hardly had had anything you could call a life. A few ripples. some rises and falls. But that's it. Almost nothing. Nothing born of nothing. I'd loved and been loved, but...

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Haruki Murakami

So that's how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that's stolen from us--that's snatched right out of our hands--even if we are left completely changed,...

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Haruki Murakami

Nobody's easier to fool, than the person who is convinced that he is right.

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Haruki Murakami

Life's no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe's my own to fool with.

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Haruki Murakami

For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesnt begin at all.

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Haruki Murakami

This is what it means to live on. When granted hope, a person uses it as fuel, as a guidepost to life. It is impossible to live without hope.

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Haruki Murakami

But didn't you say you were satisfied with your life?" "Word games," I dismissed. "Every army needs a flag.

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Haruki Murakami

The sense of tragedy - according to Aristotle - comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist's weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I'm getting at? People are drawn deeper into...

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Haruki Murakami

Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.

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Haruki Murakami

Kids' hearts are malleable, but once they gel it's hard to get them back the way they were.

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Haruki Murakami

In the world we live in, what we know and what we don't know are like Siamese twins, inseparable, existing in a state of confusion.

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Haruki Murakami

When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we'd...

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Haruki Murakami

We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning.

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Haruki Murakami

The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now

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Haruki Murakami

The light of morning decomposes everything.

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Haruki Murakami

In traveling, a companion, in life, compassion.

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Haruki Murakami

Her smile steps offstage for a moment, then does an encore, all while I'm dealing with my blushing face.

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Haruki Murakami

Wasn't he the one who said you shouldn't trust anybody who calls himself an ordinar man? - Naoko

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Haruki Murakami

It was a strange feeling, like touching a void.

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Haruki Murakami

You make do with what you have. As you age you learn even to be happy with what you have.

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Haruki Murakami

Whether it's good for anything or not, cool or totally uncool, in the final analysis what's most important is what you can't see but can feel in your heart.

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Haruki Murakami

What happens when people open their hearts?"... "They get better.

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Haruki Murakami

The dead will always be dead, but we have to go on living.

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Haruki Murakami

She's letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you're in big trouble.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light...

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Haruki Murakami

The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.

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Haruki Murakami

A strange, terrific force unlike anything I've ever experienced is sprouting in my heart, taking root there, growing. Shut up behind my rib cage, my warm heart expands and contracts independent of my will--over...

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Haruki Murakami

Adults constantly raise the bar on smart children, precisely because they're able to handle it. The children get overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them and gradually lose the sort of openness and sense...

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Haruki Murakami

Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.

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Haruki Murakami

Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear...

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Haruki Murakami

How can the mind be so imperfect?" she says with a smile. I look at my hands. Bathed in the moonlight, they seem like statues, proportioned to no purpose. "It may well be imperfect," I say, "but it leaves...

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Haruki Murakami

Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.

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Haruki Murakami

Things outside you are projections of what's inside you, and what's inside you is a projection of what's outside. So when you step into the labyrinth outside you, at the same time you're stepping into...

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Haruki Murakami

Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.

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Haruki Murakami

The sun sliced through the windshield, sealing me in light. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth on my eyelids. Sunlight traveled a long distance to reach this planet; an infinitesimal portion of that...

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Haruki Murakami

I spent thirty-three years in another man's shadow. I went everywhere he went, I helped him with everything he did. I was in a sense a part of him. When you live like that for a long time, you gradually...

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Haruki Murakami

Don't tell me anymore. You should have your dream, as the old woman told you to. I understand how you feel, but if you put those feelings into words they will turn into lies. (from Thailand)

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Haruki Murakami

Have your dream...What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand)

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Haruki Murakami

Everyone who has something is afraid of losing it, and people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same.

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Haruki Murakami

I just gave them a little scare. A touch of psychological terror. As Joseph Conrad once wrote, true terror is the kind that men feel towards their imagination. (from Super-frog Saves Tokyo)

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Haruki Murakami

I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love.

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Haruki Murakami

Time passes slowly. Nobody says a word, everyone lost in quiet reading. One person sits at a desk jotting down notes, but the rest are sitting there silently, not moving, totally absorbed. Just like me.

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Haruki Murakami

Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.

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Haruki Murakami

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories...

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Haruki Murakami

Me, I've seen 45 years, and I've only figured out one thing. That's this: if a person would just make the effort, there's something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace...

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Haruki Murakami

Chance encounters are what keep us going.

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Haruki Murakami

It's hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.

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Haruki Murakami

The sad truth is that certain types of things can't go backward. Once they start going forward, no matter what you do, they can't go back the way they were. If even one little thing goes awry, then that's...

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Haruki Murakami

Gays, lesbians, straights, feminists, fascist pigs, communists, Hare Krishnas - none of them bother me. I don't care what banner they raise. But what I can't stand are hollow people. When I'm with them...

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts.

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Haruki Murakami

So what’s wrong if there happens to be one guy in the world who enjoys trying to understand you?

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Haruki Murakami

She's kind of funny looking. Her face is out of balance--broad forehead, button nose, freckled cheeks, and pointy ears. A slammed-together, rough sort of face you can't ignore. Still, the whole package...

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Haruki Murakami

I'm not trying to imply I can keep up this silent, isolated facade all the time. Sometimes the wall I've erected around me comes crumbling down. It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes, before I even...

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Haruki Murakami

When I first met you, I felt a kind of contradiction in you. You’re seeking something, but at the same time, you are running away for all you’re worth.

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Haruki Murakami

If there's any guy crazy enough to attack me, I'm going to show him the end of the world -- close up. I'm going to let him see the kingdom come with his own eyes. I'm going to send him straight to the...

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Haruki Murakami

Although I didn't think so at the time, things were a lot simpler in 1969. All you had to do to express yourself was throw rocks at riot police. But with today's sophistication, who's in a position to...

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Haruki Murakami

It was spring break, so the theater was always packed with high schools students. It was an animal house. I wanted to burn the place down.

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Haruki Murakami

This person, this self, this me, finally, was made somewhere else. Everything had come from somewhere else, and it would all go somewhere else. I was nothing but a pathway for the person known as me.

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Haruki Murakami

Sometimes we don't need words. Rather, it's words that need us. If we were no longer here, words would lose their whole function. They would end up as words that are never spoken, and words that aren't...

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Haruki Murakami

I'm in no position to hand down any advice," he said, "but there's a rule I follow when I don't know what to do." "A rule?" "If you have to choose between something that has form and something that doesn't,...

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Haruki Murakami

You can see a person's whole life in the cancer they get.

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Haruki Murakami

No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.

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Haruki Murakami

There are ways of dying that don't end in funerals. Types of death you can't smell.

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Haruki Murakami

What I saw wasn't a ghost. It was simply--myself. I can never forget how terrified I was that night, and whenever I remember it, this thought always springs to mind: that the most frightening thing in...

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Haruki Murakami

Properly speaking, should any individual ever have exact, clear knowledge of his own core consciousness?" "I wouldn't know," I said. "Nor would we," said the scientists.

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Haruki Murakami

I get irritated, I get upset. Especially when I'm in a hurry. But I see it all as part of our training. To get irritated is to lose our way in life.

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Haruki Murakami

In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount.

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Haruki Murakami

Instead of things I'm good at, it might be faster to list the things I can't do. I can't cook or clean the house. My room's a mess, and I'm always losing things. I love music, but I can't sing a note....

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Haruki Murakami

She's always polite and kind, but her words lack the kind of curiosity and excitement you'd normally expect. Her true feelings- assuming such things exist- remain hidden away. Except for when a practical...

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Haruki Murakami

How many Sundays – how many hundreds of Sundays like this – lay ahead of me? “Quiet, peaceful and lonely,” I said aloud to myself. On Sundays i didn't wind my spring.

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Haruki Murakami

sometimes i'd wake up at two or three in the morning and not be able to fall asleep again. i'd get out of bed, go to the kitchen, and pour myself a whiskey. glass in hand, i'd look down at the darkened...

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss