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I see many people who disguise themselves. I know some people who say, "I'm an artist, I'm very creative, I'm different from ordinary people." But I don't believe those people. I like to see the strangeness or weirdness in ordinary people or ordinary scenery or ordinary, everyday life. -- Haruki Murakami
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Being with her I feel a pain, like a frozen knife stuck in my chest. An awful pain, but the funny thing is I'm thankful for it. It's like that frozen pain and my very existence are one.
The pain is an anchor, mooring me here. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 around the world, see all the scenery, and see with my own eyes what's been lost from the world. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was thirty-seven then, strapped in my seat as the huge 747 plunged through dense cloud cover on approach to the Hamburg airport. -- Haruki Murakami
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Perhaps this was the wisdom with which a child in her position survived: by minimizing her wounds - staying as small as possible, as nearly transparent as possible. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 generation. It's a kind of inheritance, the memory of it. -- Haruki Murakami
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Lovers born under an unlucky star," she said. "Sounds like it was written for the two of us. -- Haruki Murakami
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Now I don't know if you realize it, but the film industry's a small world. It's like living in a tenement at one end of a back alley. Not only do you see everybody's dirty laundry, but once rumors start, you can't stop 'em. -- Haruki Murakami
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As long as he had managed to survive, he would have to start thinking of ways to go on living. Because -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Why do you guys all think girls with long hair are the classiest, the sweetest, the most feminine? I mean, I myself know at least two hundred and fifty unclassy girls with long hair. -- Haruki Murakami
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Naturally I have zero friends. I've built a wall around me, never letting anybody inside and trying not to venture outside myself. Who could like someone like that? They all keep an eye on me, but I'm just glad they didn't bother me. They might hate me, or even afraid of me. -- Haruki Murakami
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People can generally be classified into two groups: the mediocre realists and the mediocre dreamers. You clearly belong to the latter. Your fate is and will always be the fate of a dreamer. -- Haruki Murakami
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Now people can generally be classified into two groups: the mediocre realists and the mediocre dreamers. -- Haruki Murakami
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I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this? -- Haruki Murakami
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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 the world is our own self. What do you think? -- Haruki Murakami
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Things are so convenient for us these days, our perceptions are probably that much duller. Even if its the same moon hanging in the sky, we may be looking at something quite different. Four hundred years ago, we might have had richer spirits that were closer to nature. -- Haruki Murakami
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It seemed as if the colours of the real world around me had begun to drain away from my having done nothing more than read a few lines she had written. -- Haruki Murakami
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People's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. -- Haruki Murakami
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You need to come face-to-face with the past, not as some naive, easily wounded boy, but as a grown-up, independent professional. Not to see what you want to see, but what you must see. Otherwise you'll carry around that baggage for the rest of your life. -- Haruki Murakami
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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? -- Haruki Murakami
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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? Why the hell does it have to be like that? -- Haruki Murakami
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And I really wanted to see you, too," she said. "When I couldn't see you any more, I realized that. It was as clear as if the planets all of a sudden lined up in a row for me. I really need you. You're a part of me; I'm a part of you. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'd be doing it to screw the literary world. Those bastards all huddle in their gloomy cave and kiss each other's asses, and lick each other's wounds, and trip each other up, all the while spewing this pompous crap about the mission of literature. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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- I hope I'm not getting in your way.
- I don't have any way for you to get in. -- Haruki Murakami
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You are a major dimwit. Is your brain made out of jello, you spineless twit? A leaf? What do you think I am, one of those magical raccoons? I'm a concept, get it? Con-cept! Concepts and raccoons aren't exactly the same, now are they? What a dumb thing to say ... -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string. -- Haruki Murakami
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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) -- Haruki Murakami
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But you can't go back now? To that orderly, harmonious, intimate place?'
He thought about this, though there was no need to. 'That place doesn't exist anymore,' he said quietly. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. I love to read books, to listen to music. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Ascribing meaning to life is a piece of cake compared to actually living it."
-from "Hear the Wind Sing -- Haruki Murakami
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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 that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. Which is where religion comes from. -- Haruki Murakami
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Energies expended on sideshows, never on the main event. Where the hell was the main event? Was there a main event? -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I plant my elbows on the kitchen table, prop up my chin and think: When the hell did the compass needle get out of whack and lead my life astray? -- Haruki Murakami
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Many are the women who can take their clothes off seductively, but women who can charm as they dress? -- Haruki Murakami
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One uproar after another, every day. Like the whole world's turned upside down. Don't you feel bad that you're missing out? The world isn't that easily turned upside down, Haida replied. It's people who are turned upside down. I don't feel bad about missing that. -- Haruki Murakami
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No, I don't think I've been defiled. But I haven't been saved, either. There's nobody who can save me right now, Mr. Wind-Up Bird. The world looks totally empty to me. Everything I see around me looks fake. The only thing thay isn't fake is that gooshy thing inside me. -- Haruki Murakami
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it's even harder to talk about girls who have died young: by dying, they stay young forever. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 lose track of what it is you yourself really want out of life -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't know what kind of life you had, what sorts of joys and sorrows you experienced. But even if there was something that left you unfulfilled, you can't go around seeking it at other people's doors. Even if it is at the place you're most familiar with, and the sort of act that is your forte. -- Haruki Murakami
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As always, we sit on the narrow steps that lead from the Old Bridge down to the sandbar. A pale silver moon trembles on the face of the water. A wooden boat lashed to a post modulates the sound of the current. Sitting with her, I feel her warm against my arm. -- Haruki Murakami
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When pain comes to me, I leave my physical self. It's just like quietly slipping into the next room when someone you don't want to meet comes along. I can do it very naturally. I recognize that the pain has come to my body; I feel the existence of the pain; but I am not there. I am in the next room. -- Haruki Murakami
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No matter how hard you try to put everything neatly into shape, the context wanders this way and that, until finally the context isn't even there anymore. You're left with this pile of kittens lolling all over one another. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 of the tunnel, cruising straight for your destination down a six lane highway whether you want it or not. -- Haruki Murakami
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Ah yes, you like to cook, don't you?
well, i used to. you need real dedication. fresh ingredients, a discerning palate, an eye for presentation. it's not a modern art. good cooking has hardly evolved since the nineteenth century. -- Haruki Murakami
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Don't let thoughts of me hold you back. Just do what you want to do. Otherwise, I might end up taking you with me, and that is the one thing I don't want to do. I don't want to interfere with your life. -- Haruki Murakami
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Still, the time I spent with her was more precious than anything. She helped me forget the undertone of loneliness in my life. She expanded the outer edges of my world, helped me draw a deep, soothing breath. Only Sumire could do that for me. -- Haruki Murakami
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Kafka, 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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Here, there is nothing my size. There's nobody around here to make himself the measure of everything, to praise or condemn others for their size -- Haruki Murakami
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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 in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. -- Haruki Murakami
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But think about it -what if there were a deus ex machina in real life? Everything would be so easy! If you felt stuck or trapped, some god would swing down from up there and solve all your problems. What could be easier than that? -- Haruki Murakami
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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 turns you on and then it leaves you to make it on your own - with whatever guts you can muster -- Haruki Murakami
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And people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you'll want to get stronger. Even if you're just pretending. Don't you think? There aren't any real strong people anywhere -- Haruki Murakami
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Yet he continued to return to his core principle: that, in every situation, knowledge was better than ignorance. However agonizing, it was necessary to confront the facts. Only through knowing could a person become strong. The -- Haruki Murakami
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Looking at her nails, Aomame had a strong sense of what a fragile, fleeting thing her own existance was. Something as simple as the shape of her fingernails: it had been decided without her. -- Haruki Murakami
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They say it's a dangerous experiment to include dreams (actual dreams or otherwise) in the fiction you write. Only a handful of writers - and I'm talking the most talented - are able to pull off the irrational synthesis you find in dreams. -- Haruki Murakami
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The world is full of ways and means to waste time. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was just that, no matter where I found myself, I felt like there was a hole inside me, with the wind rushing through. I never felt satisfied. From the outside you wouldn't imagine I had any troubles. -- Haruki Murakami
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Needless to say, it takes quite a bit of time, plus effort, to go through each stage, step by step, and arrive at a conclusion. Sometimes it takes too long, and by the time I'm convinced, it's already too late. But what're you going to do? That's the kind of person I am. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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If you hurt her any more than you already have, the wound could be too deep to fix. -- Haruki Murakami
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Running taught me to have faith in my skills as a writer. I learned how much I can demand of myself, when I need a break, and when the break starts to get too long. I known how hard I am allowed to push myself. -- Haruki Murakami
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once your get your hopes up, your mind starts acting on its own. And when your hopes are dashed you get dissapointed, and dissapointment leads to a feeling of helplessness. You get careless and let your guard down. And right now, she though, that si the last thing I can afford. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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You know what it's like when you're trying to fall asleep and it only makes you more wide awake? -- Haruki Murakami
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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 to make the story work. But, in principle, the original dream does not change. -- Haruki Murakami
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Many people tell me that they don 't know what to feel when they finish one of my books because the story was dark, or complicated, or strange. But while they were reading it, they were inside my world and they were happy. That's good. -- Haruki Murakami
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You're seeking something, but at the same time running away for all you're worth. -- Haruki Murakami
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Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge. -- Haruki Murakami
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You've got to spend your money for the things that money can buy, not worry about profit or loss. Save your energy for the things that money can't buy." He -- Haruki Murakami
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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? -- Haruki Murakami
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There's a need, too, for a special name in order to distinguish between this present world and the former world in which the police carried old-fashioned revolvers ... 1Q84 - that's what I'll call this new world. Q is for 'question mark'. A world that bears a question. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 it won't seem to be worth all that. It's up to each individual to decide whether or not it is. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. All you can do is go on, living alone down there in the darkness ... -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Once upon a time, you dragged a part of me into the world of the dead, and now Naoko has dragged another pat of me into that world. -- Haruki Murakami
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I miss her every now and then, but finally, she didn't move me. I don't know, sometimes I think I've got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it. -- Haruki Murakami
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Did all Finns like to make clever witticisms about life? Or was it just this one driver? Tsukuru hoped it was the latter. -- Haruki Murakami
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The music gave her an odd, wrenching kind of feeling. There was no pain or unpleasantness involved, just a sensation that all the elements of her body were being physically wrung out. Aomame had no idea what was going on. Could Sinfonietta actually be giving me this weird feeling? -- Haruki Murakami
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If you really want to know what's happening here and now, you've got to use your own eyes and your own judgment. -- Haruki Murakami
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Am I happy? If you asked me this, I'd have to say, 'Yeah, I guess.' Because dreams are, after all, just that: dreams. -- Haruki Murakami
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Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn't fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That's what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't like heavy baggage." The driver laughed. "Who does? But before you know it, you're surrounded by it. That's life. C'est la vie." And again, he laughed happily. -- Haruki Murakami
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When a vacuum forms, something has to come along to fill it -- Haruki Murakami
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But it's strange, isn't it?" Eri said.
"What is?"
"That amazing time in our lives is gone, and will never return. All the beautiful possibilities we had then have been swallowed up in the flow of time. -- Haruki Murakami
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Time had the power to cancel all changes wrought by human artifice, overwriting all new revisions with further revisions, returning the flow to its original course -- Haruki Murakami
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Okay, consider this. Say you're going to go on a long journey with someone by car. And the two of you will take turns driving. Which type of person would you choose? One who's a good driver, but inattentive, or an attentive person who's not such a good driver? -- Haruki Murakami
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I love pop culture
the Rolling Stones, the Doors, David Lynch, things like that.
That's why I said I don't like elitism. -- Haruki Murakami
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I try whistling to fill in the silence. The soprano sax from Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," though of course my dubious whistling doesn't come anywhere near the complex, lightning-quick original. I just add bits so what I hear in my head approximates the sound. Better than nothing, I figure. -- Haruki Murakami
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There's a special feeling you get on a veranda that you just can't get anywhere else. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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We keep moving. And as we do, the things around us, well, they disappear. -- Haruki Murakami
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I can be hurt, you know. I can get as exhausted as anybody else. I can feel so bad I want to cry, too. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 more than that is luck. -- Haruki Murakami
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Her greatest joy in life was knowing that her importance to the team was by no means small and that, as narrow as that world might be, she had been granted a definite place in it. Someone needed her. -- Haruki Murakami
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The resounding stillness gives the structures an impression of abandonment. Yet each time I turn down these streets, I can sense strangers behind the facades, holding their breath as they continue pursuits I will never know. -- Haruki Murakami
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But I'm not dead. I just disappeared. I do that. I move into another world, a different world. Like boarding a train running parallel. That's what disappearing is. Don't you see? -- Haruki Murakami
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I've been an outsider all my life. It's been kind of hard, but I like that way of living. -- Haruki Murakami
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Before I became a writer, I was running a jazz bar in the center of Tokyo, which means that I worked in filthy air all the time late into the night. I was very excited when I started making a living out of my writing, and I decided, 'I will live in nothing but an absolutely healthy way.' -- Haruki Murakami
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People need to cling to something," Oshima says. "They have to. You're doing the same, even though you don't realise it. -- Haruki Murakami
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I wrote my first two long novels and an anthology of short narratives, when I was a manager of my own jazz bar. There was not enough time to write and I didn't know how to write novels. Therefore, I made written collages of aphorisms and rags. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 read, chords no one has ever heard. -- Haruki Murakami
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1971 was the year of spaghetti.
In 1971 I cooked spaghetti to live, and lived to cook spaghetti. Steam rising from the pot was my pride and joy, tomato sauce bubbling up in the saucepan my one great hope in life ...
This is the story from the Year of Spaghetti, AD 1971. -- Haruki Murakami
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There are some things, he concluded, that can only be expressed through a woman's form. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't know, it's stupid being 20," she said. "I'm just not ready. It feels weird. Like somebody's pushing me from behind. -- Haruki Murakami
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I cry when I'm lonely. Reiko says it's good I can cry. But feeling lonely really hurts. -- Haruki Murakami
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Will I see you again?' Samsa asked one last time.
'If you think of someone enough, you're sure to meet them again,' she said in parting. This time there was real warmth in her voice. -- Haruki Murakami
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I found it challenging to give her an accurate account of his odd humanity, his unique philosophy, and his uncentred morality -- Haruki Murakami
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The seasons have changed, and we are getting close to the end of 1984," Tamaru said. "I doubt I'll finish In Search of Lost Time by the end of the year. -- Haruki Murakami
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If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language. -- Haruki Murakami
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That's how lonely and sad I was. Dying is not that hard. Lime the air being sucked slowly out of a room, the will to live was slowly seeping out of me. When you feel like rhat, dying doesn't seem like such a big deal. -- Haruki Murakami
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Oshima once used the term hollow men. Well, that's exactly what I've become. There's a void inside me, a blank that's slowly expanding, devouring what's left of who I am. I can hear it happening. I'm totally lost, my identity dying. There's no direction where I am, no sky, no ground. -- Haruki Murakami
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But finally, Mr. Wind-Up Bird, isn't that just what life is? Aren't we all trapped in the dark somewhere, and they've taken away our food and water, and we're slowly dying, little by little ... ? -- Haruki Murakami
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I feel as if my every move is being controlled by some kind of incredibly long arm that's reaching out from somewhere far away, and that my life has been nothing more than a convenient passageway for all these things moving through it. -- Haruki Murakami
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I can't do what you can do: I can't slip inside my shell and wait for things to pass. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't mind ironing at all. There's a special satisfaction in making wrinkled things smooth. -- Haruki Murakami
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You know, Junpei, everything in the world has its reasons for doing what it does. -- Haruki Murakami
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Something will work out tomorrow, I thought. And if not, then tomorrow I'll do some thinking. Ob - la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on. -- Haruki Murakami
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In a sense, I'm the one who ruined me: I did it myself. -- Haruki Murakami
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In the name of God, they stole her time and her freedom, putting shackles on her heart. They preached about God's kindness, but preached twice as much about his wrath and intolerance. -- Haruki Murakami
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I've chosen to live - and to live the best I know how. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was the first time he had seen her smile. It was the faintest of smiles, yet he felt the tides start to shift all over the world. He knew it was happening. -- Haruki Murakami
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My sister's looking off to the side so half her face is in shadow and her smile is neatly cut in half. It's like one of those Greek tragedy masks in a textbook that's half one idea and half the opposite. Light and dark. Hope and despair. Laughter and sadness. Trust and loneliness. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life, -- Haruki Murakami
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It was her personal view that people who are overly choosy about the drinks they order in a bar tend to be sexually bland. She had no idea why this should be so. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 I traveled from place to place. -- Haruki Murakami
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Everything was intertwined, with the complexity of a three-dimensional puzzle, a puzzle in which truth was not necessarily fact and fact not necessarily truth. -- Haruki Murakami
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As I was sipping the hot liquid, I realized that I had developed a kind of liking for this little man on the verge of death. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 in the world. -- Haruki Murakami
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Where Watanabe and I are alike is we don't give a damn if nobody understands us ... That's what makes us different from everybody else. They're all worried about whether the people around them understand them. But not me, and not Watanabe. We just don't give a damn. Self and others are separate. -- Haruki Murakami
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As soon as I sat down across from her, she ordered me to put the entire contents of my pants pockets on the table. I did as I was told, saying nothing. My reality seemed to have left me and was now wandering around nearby. I hope it can find me, I thought. -- Haruki Murakami
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Astrud Gilberto sang an old bossa nova song. "Take me to Aruanda," she sang. I closed my eyes, and the clatter of the cups and saucers sounded like the roar of a far-off sea. Aruanda - what's it like there? -- Haruki Murakami
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It was Aomame's firm belief that the human body was a temple, to be kept as strong and beautiful and clean as possible, whatever one might enshrine there. -- Haruki Murakami
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It wasn't what I'd characterize as a happy part of my life, living as I was, a balled-up mass of unfulfilled desires. I was much younger, much hungrier, much more alone. But I was myself, pared down to the essentials. -- Haruki Murakami
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Are you really going to go all the way to Helsinki to see her without getting in touch first? All the way across the Arctic Circle?" "Is that too weird?" She laughed. " 'Bold' is the word I'd use for it." "I feel like things will work out better that way. Just intuition, of course. -- Haruki Murakami
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Do you know what 'Sputnik' means in Russian? 'Travelling companion'. I looked it up in a dictionary not long ago. Kind of a strange coincidence if you think about it. I wonder why the Russians gave their satellite that strange name. It's just a poor little lump of metal, spinning around the Earth. -- Haruki Murakami
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Every single day, each time I see her face, see her, it's utterly precious. -- Haruki Murakami
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Death leaves cans of shaving cream half-used. -- Haruki Murakami
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A concentrated phenomenon based on vague motives. -- Haruki Murakami
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As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. -- Haruki Murakami
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This all has got to be, patently, the most unbelievable, the most ridiculous story I have ever heard. Somehow coming from your mouth, it has the ring of truth, but I doubt anyone would believe me if I told them what happened today. -- Haruki Murakami
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What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously. -- Haruki Murakami
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Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you
you should control them. -- Haruki Murakami
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- She's a great girl.
- I know. A little too great for me. -- Haruki Murakami
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747s always remind me of a fat, ugly old lady in the neighborhood where I used to live. Huge sagging breasts, swollen legs, dried up neckline. The airport, a likely gathering place for the old ladies. Dozens of them, coming and going, one after the other. -- Haruki Murakami
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747s always reminded me of a fat, ugly old lady in the neighborhood where I used to live. Huge sagging breasts, swollen legs, dried-up neckline. -- Haruki Murakami
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I just got my signals crossed. First thing, I have to untangle the connections. Otherwise, I come away empty-handed. Or with someone else's hands. Or even with a missing hand. -- Haruki Murakami
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He was going to die soon, you knew when you saw those eyes. There was no sign of life in his flesh, just the barest traces of what had once been a life. His body was like a dilapidated old house from which all furniture and fixtures have been removed and which awaited now only its final demolition. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted. -- Haruki Murakami
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Time flows in a strange way on Sundays. -- Haruki Murakami
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And so we became friends. This happened in October. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was impressed by the variety of dreams and goals that life could offer. -- Haruki Murakami
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In any case, I wrote, I've decided to make myself strong. As far as I can tell, that's all I can do. -- Haruki Murakami
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The sad fact is that language and logic cut off from reality have a far greater power than the language and logic of reality - with all that extraneous matter weighing down like a rock on any actions we take. In -- Haruki Murakami
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Who knows? You might get used to this slant on things (but if you did, you'd never be able to view the world again without holding your head out of true.) -- Haruki Murakami
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So called art films. Movies like that never explained what was going on. Explanations were rejected as some kind of evil that could only destroy the films "reality". -- Haruki Murakami
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The clouds looked like silent travelers headed for the edge of the earth. -- Haruki Murakami
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For him, the game is not to defeat the opponent, but to challenge his own abilities. -- Haruki Murakami
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If you want to sleep with me, I don't mind. I've never slept with anybody, and I'm very fond of you, so if you want to make love to me, I don't mind at all. But marrying me is a whole different matter. If you marry me, you
take on all my troubles, and they're a lot worse than you can imagine. -- Haruki Murakami
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We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect. -- Haruki Murakami
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He couldn't change my mind about him, though. I went on loving him just the same, and I could never be interested in anyone else. -- Haruki Murakami
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A sheet of white extends to the lone dark vertical of the elm tree in the centre ... It is too perfect, to inviolate ... The snow is graced with waves written by the wind, the elm raises crooked arms in sleeves of white. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was happy being alone. -- Haruki Murakami
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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? -- Haruki Murakami
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Most of the psychological differences between men and women seem to come from differences in their reproductive system -- Haruki Murakami
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In the instant Miu touched her hair, Sumire fell in love, like she was crossing a field and bang! a bolt of lightning zapped her right in the head. Something akin to an artistic revelation. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 how we survive. -- Haruki Murakami
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Maybe so, but I'm not just looking up at the sky and waiting for the fruit to drop. In my own way, I'm working hard. I'm working ten times harder than you are. -- Haruki Murakami
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One thing became crystal clear to me when I couldn't see you anymore. I realized that the only way I had been able to survive until then was having you in my life. When I lost you, the pain and loneliness really got to me. -- Haruki Murakami
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When I finished bathing after dinner, Kumiko was sitting in the living room with the lights out. Hunched down in the dark with her gray shirt on, she looked like a piece of luggage that had been left in the wrong place. -- Haruki Murakami
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April was too lonely a month to spend alone. In April, everyone around me looked happy. People would throw their coats off and enjoy each other's company in the sunshine - talking, playing catch, holding hands. But I was always by myself -- Haruki Murakami
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Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting. -- Haruki Murakami
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As I relax on the sofa a thought hits me, this is exactly the place I've been looking for forever ... I can barely believe that it actually exists -- Haruki Murakami
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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 remember that. People actually prefer not being free? -- Haruki Murakami
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Slim young women were swathed in chic black dresses, here to attend a ceremony in one of the hotel's many reception rooms. They wore small but expensive accessories, like vampire finches in search of blood, longing for a hint of light they could reflect. -- Haruki Murakami
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Most near-future fictions are boring. It's always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy. -- Haruki Murakami
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That sounds good. But I don't like to be tied down in one place. I want to be free-to go to where I want, when I want, and be able to think about whatever I want. -- Haruki Murakami
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One impossible day, of an impossible month, of an impossible year. -- Haruki Murakami
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Music always stimulates my imagination. When I'm writing I usually have some Baroque music on low in the background chamber music by Bach, Telemann, and the like. -- Haruki Murakami
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It is sometimes necessary for each person. Fill up with delicious food, get drunk, sing loudly and chat frivolously. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 much, at least. -- Haruki Murakami
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He wished he could be with her longer, spend more time with her, have a good, leisurely talk. But she had her own life, most of which occurred offstage, in a place he didn't yet know about, doing things that had nothing to do with him. -- Haruki Murakami
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Here you had the top professional soldier in Japan, and to think he didn't know how to kill himself with a gun! They took him straight to the hospital, he got the best care the American medical team could give him, recovered, then was tried and hanged. It's a terrible way to die. -- Haruki Murakami
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Painful is the stress when one cannot reproduce or convey vividly to others, however hard he tries, what he's experienced so intensely. -- Haruki Murakami
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Each woman has a drawer marked 'beautiful,' stuffed full of all sorts of meaningless junk. That's my specialty. I pull out those pieces of junk one by one, dust them off, and find some kind of meaning in them. That's all that sex appeal really is, I think. -- Haruki Murakami
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You shouldn't trust anybody who calls himself an ordinary man. -- Haruki Murakami
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When I write a novel I put into play all the information inside me. It might be Japanese information or it might be Western; I don't draw a distinction between the two. -- Haruki Murakami
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The sky both exists and doesn't exist. It has substance and at the same time doesn't. And we merely accept that vast expanse and drink it in. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. No matter how slow I might run, I wasn't about to walk. That was the rule. -- Haruki Murakami
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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? -- Haruki Murakami
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Nothing abstruse or ambivalent about it, not a speck of the metaphoric or the symbolic. -- Haruki Murakami
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Tendencies. Yougottendencies. Soevenifyoudideverythingoveragain, yourwholelife, yougottendenciestodojustwhatyoudid, alloveragain. -The Sheep Man. -- Haruki Murakami
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Just speak your mind honestly. That's the best thing. It may hurt a little sometimes, and someone may get upset, but in the long run, it's for the best. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. I have a mission to accomplish. And so, with your permission, I shall move ahead. -- Haruki Murakami
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She was the type to keep riding the train the wrong way around. -- Haruki Murakami
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What I mean to say is that in a highly exceptional reality [ ... ] the non-exceptional can, for convenience sake, be written off as paradoxically exceptional. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's as if loosening that knot I'd never noticed before had slackened my interest along with it. At the same time that I'd lost something, something new had also taken root deep within me. -- Haruki Murakami
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You try to live straight in this crazy, crooked, mixed-up world - that's what's funny. You know what I mean?"
"I do, I do," I said.
"You don't even have to do anything especially funny. You just act normal. That alone looks strange and funny. Acting like that interests me. -- Haruki Murakami
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At least he never walked. -- Haruki Murakami
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I might have been afraid that if I really loved someone and needed her, one day she might suddenly disappear without a word, and I'd be left all alone. -- Haruki Murakami
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Some people are polite, and some are quick. Each one's a good quality to have, but most of the time quickness trumps politeness. -- Haruki Murakami
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The spring on a wound watch gets steadily looser, the torque grows closer and closer to zero, until he gears stop altogether and the hands come to rest at a set position. Silence descends. Isn't that all it is? -- Haruki Murakami
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If you look at it the other way round, that's the only reason why this world is inside of me. Maybe it's a paradox, like an image reflected to infinity in a pair of facing mirrors. I am a part of this world, and this world is a part of me. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sheep hurt my father, and through my father, sheep have also hurt me. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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- If you like me that much, you'll do anything I tell you to do, right? You won't get angry, right?
- No of course not.
- And you'll take care of me always and always.
- Of course I will. Don't worry, everything is going to be fine.
- But I'm scared. -- Haruki Murakami
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Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars. -- Haruki Murakami
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Durum semolina, golden wheat wafting in Italian fields. Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was really loneliness -- Haruki Murakami
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This was always the problem when talking to Fuka-Eri. All roads inevitably gave out. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I am living in hell from one day to the next. But there is nothing I can do to escape. I don't know where I would go if I did. I feel utterly powerless, and that feeling is my prision. I entered of my own free will, I locked the door, and I threw away the key. -- Haruki Murakami
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There aren't any real strong people anywhere. Only people who can put on a good show of being strong. -- Haruki Murakami
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Somehow the world survived the Nazis, the atomic bomb, and modern music -- Haruki Murakami
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Forget about counting calories," she would always advise them. "Once you develop a knack for choosing the proper ingredients and eating in moderation, you don't have to pay attention to numbers. -- Haruki Murakami
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I looked as if I had just crawled out of a cave somewhere, but it was me after all. It was me. -- Haruki Murakami
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So then, we're never going to cry, that's just how the two of us are. I know we could have faked it, but we would never do anything like that. The bastards! The more they wanted to see us cry, the more determined we were not to give them the satisfaction. -- Haruki Murakami
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Good-bye, she murmured, bidding farewell not so much to the apartment as to the self that had lived here. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 until I am finished. -- Haruki Murakami
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Also I've got a dozen pencils, all sharpened and laid out in a row. They're brand-new. I just bought them at the stationery store - especially for writing to you (not that I'm trying to make you feel grateful or anything: just-sharpened, brand-new pencils are really nice, don't you think?). -- Haruki Murakami
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There's at least one good thing about TV," he said after a while. "You can shut it off whenever you like. And nobody complains. -- Haruki Murakami
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We were both at a delicate age, when the mere fact that we went to different schools and lived two train stops apart was all it took for me to feel our worlds had changed completely -- Haruki Murakami
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To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm not totally mad at you. I'm just sad. You're all locked up in that little world of yours, and when I try knocking on the door, you just sort of look up for a second and go right back inside. -- Haruki Murakami
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Grandfather always said school's a place where they take sixteen years to wear down your brain. Grandfather hardly went to school either. -- Haruki Murakami
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A nice face goes a long way with me," she said. "And yours ... well, the more I look at it, the more I get to thinking, "He'll do'."
"Me, too," I said. "Every once in a while, I think about myself, "What the hell, I'll do'. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Reality spills through her slim fingers like the sands of an hourglass. Thus time is by no means on her side -- Haruki Murakami
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If everybody went around understanding each other without asking questions or speaking their mind, they'd never get anywhere. -- Haruki Murakami
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We were young, and we had no need for prophecies. Just living was itself an act of prophecy. -- Haruki Murakami
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But I don't have any confidence ."
"Why not ?"
"Because I have no sense of self . I have no personality , no brilliant color . I have nothing to offer . That's always been my problem . I feel like an empty vessel . I have a shape , I guess , as a container but there's nothing inside . -- Haruki Murakami
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I felt as if I were living alone in an extremely well-cared-for ruin. -- Haruki Murakami
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Until Edison invented the electric light, most of the world was totally covered in darkness. The physical darkness outside and the inner darkness of the soul were mixed together, with no boundary separating the two. -- Haruki Murakami
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I think people who share my dreams can enjoy reading my novels. And that's a wonderful thing. I said that myths are like a reservoir of stories, and if I can act as a similar kind of "reservoir," albeit a modest one, that would make me very happy. -- Haruki Murakami
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It rained for a short time while I was running, but it was a cooling rain that felt good. -- Haruki Murakami
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But don't get me wrong. I'm not totally mad at you. I'm just sad. You were so nice to me when I was having my problems, but now that you're having yours, it seems there's not a thing I can do for you. -- Haruki Murakami
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To tell the truth, though, I don't think I deserve your kindness. I'm trying my best to be a much better person, but things aren't going so well. -- Haruki Murakami
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Even if I give myself over to the madness-or prejudice-here and now, even if doing so destroys me, even if this world vanishes in its entirety, what do I have to lose? -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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To Tengo, sexual desire was fundamentally an extension of a means of communication. And so, to look for sexual desire in a place where there was no possibility of communication seemed inappropriate to him. -- Haruki Murakami
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She took Tsukuru's business card, her whole face lighting up in a smile, then pushed an extension number on her phone as if pressing the soft nose of an oversized dog. -- Haruki Murakami
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One time, as the cold wind blew and she kept watch over the playground, Aomame realized she believed in God. It was a sudden discovery, like finding, with the soles of your feet, solid ground beneath the mud. -- Haruki Murakami
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One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish. -- Haruki Murakami
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He and Eri had to hold each other now, as much as they wanted. They had to let their skin touch, and drive away the long shadow cast by evil spirits. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 it. Nobody raises a hand. No one turns around to take another look. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Everyone who has something is afraid of losing it, and people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same. -- Haruki Murakami
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He was a tiny piece in a gigantic puzzle. But instead of having one fixed shape, his shape kept changing. And so - of course - he couldn't fit anywhere. As he tried to sort out where he belonged, he was also given a set amount of time to gather the scattered pages of the timpani section of a score. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 her. And loved what I saw. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 realize that. You were made somewhere else. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's really very simple. You sought me out. That's the biggest reason. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's strange, but when I have to speak in front of an audience, I find it more comfortable to use my far-from-perfect English than Japanese. I think this is because when I have to speak seriously about something in Japanese I'm overcome with the feeling of being swallowed up in a sea of words. -- Haruki Murakami
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My
emotional compass had vanished. I lost all sense of
direction, of time, of the sense of who I was. I don't know
when it began, or when it ended, but before I knew it I was
locked away, alone and numb in the endless winter of that
world of ice. -- Haruki Murakami
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Well, look at it another way: why shouldn't there be cats in a zoo?" I said.
"They're animals, too, right?"
"Cats and dogs are your run-of-the-mill-type animals. Nobody's going to pay money to see them," he said. "Just look around you-they're everywhere. Same thing with people. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was feeling lonely without her, but the fact that I could feel lonely at all was consolation. Loneliness wasn't such a bad feeling. It was like the stillness of the pin oak after the little birds had flown off. -- Haruki Murakami
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Still, the moon stood out clearly against the sky. It hung up there faithfully, without a word of complaint concerning the city lights or the noise or the air pollution. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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In dreams begins responsiblities. -- Haruki Murakami
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Everyone just abandoned us there the whole time and walked on by. It was absolutely terrible. As -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm thinking it would be wonderful if I could follow you into that world where you're going." "And leave this world behind?" "That's right," she said. "It's a boring old world anyway. I'm sure it'd be much more fun living in your consciousness. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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When you're young, you think you can handle anything. By the time you find out otherwise, it's already too late. You got a stocking wrapped around your neck. -- Haruki Murakami
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Not everybody is looking for a boyfriend with a sports car. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't know why I'm so crazy about cats. I like how they are soft and warm, and individualistic, kind of like me. -- Haruki Murakami
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Not to excuse myself, but when you have people right in front of you denying your very presence like that, then see if you don't doubt whether you actually exist. I look at my hands half expecting to see clear through them. -- Haruki Murakami
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Not to excuse myself, but you have people right in front of you denying your very presence like that, then see if you don't doubt whether you actually exist. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 people can't tell by looking at you. -- Haruki Murakami
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Alienation and loneliness became a cable that stretched hundreds of miles long, pulled to the breaking point by a gigantic winch. And through that taut line, day and night, he received indecipherable messages. -- Haruki Murakami
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All I wanted was to go off to some other world, a place beyond anybody's reach. A place beyond the flow of time. -- Haruki Murakami
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Wasn't he the one who said you shouldn't trust anybody who calls himself an ordinar man? - Naoko -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough. -- Haruki Murakami
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People die all the time. 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. It's too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's my motto for life. 'Walk slowly; drink lots of water. -- Haruki Murakami
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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, or even misses it, but fairness is like love. What is given has nothing to do with what we seek. -- Haruki Murakami
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All I did was go to the library to borrow some books -- Haruki Murakami
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If I'm going to merely ramble, maybe I should just snuggle under the warm covers, think of Miu, and play with myself. -- Haruki Murakami
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There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person's heart. -- Haruki Murakami
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It almost hurt to look at that far-off sky. -- Haruki Murakami
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But no matter how strong a will a person has, no matter how much he may hate to lose, if it's an activity he doesn't really care for, he won't keep it up for long. Even if he did, it wouldn't be good for him. -- Haruki Murakami
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You finally fall asleep. And when you wake up, it's true. You are part of a brand-new world. -- Haruki Murakami
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Eventually, when the first phase of the process ended, she began to cry. She cried quietly, even silently, burring her face in her hands, her shoulder quivering, as if she wanted to be sure that no one else in the world could tell that she was crying. -- Haruki Murakami
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They seem to be used to passing people, and probably not used to being passed. -- Haruki Murakami
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How could such a thing have happened? Everything that seemed so important back then - Naoko, and the self I was then, and the world I had then: where could they have all gone? It's true, I can't even bring back Naoko's face - not right away, at least. -- Haruki Murakami
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Will you please get that look off your face? You're gonna make me cry. Don't worry, I know you're in love with somebody else. I'm not expecting anything from you. -- Haruki Murakami
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Maybe she thought the garbage and rocks in your head were interesting. But finally, garbage is garbage and rocks are rocks. -- Haruki Murakami
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But it has finally hit me: she is neither a concept nor a symbol nor a metaphor. She actually exists: she has warm flesh and a spirit that moves. I never should have lost sight of that warmth and that movement. -- Haruki Murakami
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Colors 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 over the earth on rainy mornings only. -- Haruki Murakami
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Well, you can try to rationalize it all you want, you can invent all kinds of noble-sounding pretexts, but in the end, a scam is a scam. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was at that age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. And worse, I was in love. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's hard not being able to see you, but my life in Tokyo would be a lot worse if it weren't for you. -- Haruki Murakami
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Despite your best effort, people are going to hurt when it's time for them to be hurt. Life is like that. -- Haruki Murakami
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But your problems are not going to continue for the rest of your life -- Haruki Murakami
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Thinking of all I had lost in the course of my life: times gone for ever, friends who had died or disappeared, feelings I would never know again. -- Haruki Murakami
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Everybody feels like that to some extent," I said. "They're trying to express themselves and it bothers them when they can't get it right. -- Haruki Murakami
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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,' Nagasawa once said to me. I had to agree with him. -- Haruki Murakami
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A child should learn from early on what kind of activity supported his daily life, and he should appreciate the importance of labor. Tengo -- Haruki Murakami
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The faintest gleam of their lost memories glimmered for the briefest moment in their hearts. -- Haruki Murakami
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All sorts of people told me their stories. Then they left, never to return, as if I were no more than a bridge they were clattering across. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Act that way and slowly but surely I will fade away. All the dawns and all the twilights will rob me, piece by piece, of myself, and before long my very life will be shaved away completely - and I would end up nothing. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 -- Haruki Murakami
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As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves. -- Haruki Murakami
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As you age you learn even to be happy with what you have. That's one of the few good points of growing older -- Haruki Murakami
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Whenever I write a novel, music just sort of naturally slips in (much like cats do, I suppose). -- Haruki Murakami
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And on every rooftop stood unimaginably tall television antennae. These silver feelers groped about in the air, in defiance of the mountains that formed a backdrop to the town. -- Haruki Murakami
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I never had any ambitions to be a novelist. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 there- to the edge of the world. There's something you can't do unless you get there. -- Haruki Murakami
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The moment I see her, there's a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert. -- Haruki Murakami
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Things like this don't happen all that often in one lifetime. This is the magnificent world of a picaresque novel. Just brace yourself and enjoy the smell of evil. We're shooting the rapids. And when we go over the falls, let's do it together in grand style! -- Haruki Murakami
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That's the way it is with the mind. Nothing is ever equal. Like a river, as it flows, the course changes with the terrain. -- Haruki Murakami
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Unsure how to answer, I took another grape. Time was no problem for me, but I wasn't eager to hear the long life story of a dwarf. And besides, this was a dream. It could evaporate any moment. -- Haruki Murakami
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What's crucial is whether your writing attains the standards you've set for yourself. ( ... ) Basically a writer has a quiet, inner motivation, and doesn't seek validation in the outwardly visible. -- Haruki Murakami
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What the world needs is a set villain that people can point at and say, It's all your fault! -- Haruki Murakami
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Guns are like cars: you can trust a good used one better than one that's brand-new. -- Haruki Murakami
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Some things in life are just to complicated to explain in any language.'
Olga was absolutely right, Tsukuru thought as he sipped his wine. Not just to explain to others, but to explain to yourself. Force yourself to try to explain it, and you create lies. -- Haruki Murakami
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Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 I try to think about them in order, I lose track. -- Haruki Murakami
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Even at a time like this, the street is bright enough and filled with people coming and going - people with places to go and people with no place to go; people with a purpose and people with no purpose; people trying to hold time back and people trying to urge it forward. After -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Let her be spared from anguished dreams, I found myself hoping. -- Haruki Murakami
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Of course you got rights, the law's on your side, but sometimes the law takes a long time to kick in and so it gets put in the hands of us poor suckers on duty. You get my drift? -- Haruki Murakami
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I am afraid to die, though,' I whispered to myself. These turned out to be my last words. They were not very impressive words, but it was too late to change them. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes you need to stop , take a deep breath, and empty your head. -- Haruki Murakami
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This was the world of the living - no matter how uncertain and imperfect a world it might be. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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You know, eating's much more important than most people think. There comes a time in your life when you've just got to have something super-delicious. And when you're standing at that crossroads your whole life can change, depending on which one you go into - the good restaurant or the awful one. -- Haruki Murakami
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Haida preferred to listen to instrumental music, chamber music, and vocal recordings. Music where the orchestral component was loud and prominent wasn't to his liking. -- Haruki Murakami
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If Sara chooses me, accepts me, he thought, I'm going to propose to her right away. And give her everything I'm capable of giving - every single thing. Before I get lost in a dark forest. Before the bad elves grab me. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 half is still untapped somewhere. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes I just get tired. I get headaches, and I just lose track. I mean, it's like which is me and which is the role? Where's the line between me and my shadow? -- Haruki Murakami
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Any religion that would prohibit life-saving surgery simply because it goes against the literal word of the Bible cane nothing other than a cult. This is an abuse of dogma that crosses the line. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm not going to lay off or quit just because I'm busy. 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. -- Haruki Murakami
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At three-thirty, she announced, I gotta get going. I'm supposed to meet my sister in the Ginza. -- Haruki Murakami
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This time sleep came to take me - a deep sleep that all but pulled me by the ankles to the bottom of the sea. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 to know about. It's strange. -- Haruki Murakami
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Let the wind change direction a little bit, and their cries turned to whispers. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm not saying it isn't habit forming, but it's much milder than tobacco, alcohol, or cocaine. Law enforcement says it's addictive, but that's ridiculous. If you believe that, then pachinko is far more dangerous. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Just listen to the wind," he says. "That's what I always do." I -- Haruki Murakami
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The
Earth, after all, doesn't creak and groan its way around the sun
just so human beings can have a good time and a bit of a laugh. -- Haruki Murakami
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The pursuer's blind spot is that he never thinks he's being pursued. -- Haruki Murakami
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Most people believe not so much in truth as in things they wish were the truth. Their eyes may be wide open, but they don't see a thing. Tricking them is as easy as twisting a baby's arm. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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When I wake up, my pillow's cold and damp with tears. But tears for what? I have no idea. -- Haruki Murakami
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Tengo had no idea, of course, what Aomame had offered to the mood that time, but he could well imagine what the moon had given her: pure solitude and tranquility. That was the best thing the moon could give a person. -- Haruki Murakami
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Say it before you run out of time. Say it before it's too late. Say what you're feeling. Waiting is a mistake. -- Haruki Murakami
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This is the end, Fuka-Eri informed him in a whisper. One sentence, as always. Time stopped, and the world ended. The earth ground slowly to a halt, and all sound and light vanished. -- Haruki Murakami
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we think we're choosing things for ourselves, but in fact,
we may not be choosing anything.
It could be that anything's decided in advance and we pretend we're making choices.
Free will may be an illusion -- Haruki Murakami
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It's a thrill to look at the clear night sky and discover a new star before anybody else sees it. -- Haruki Murakami
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Happiness is a warm friendship. -- Haruki Murakami
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The true enemy of this bunch was not State Power but Lack of Imagination. -- Haruki Murakami
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When everything's twisted, what's normal ends up looking weird too. -- Haruki Murakami
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I started to go to the library, devouring every book I could lay my hands on. Once I began a book, I couldn't put it down. It 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 -- Haruki Murakami
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There're a lot of odd things going on
but I feel like I'm slowly getting
closer to the truth."
-"Actually getting closer to a metaphorical truth? Or metaphorically getting
closer to an actual truth? Or maybe they supplement each other? -- Haruki Murakami
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Actually getting closer to a metaphorical truth? Or metaphorically getting closer to an actual truth? -- Haruki Murakami
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I want to find my way to where you are-you, the Kumiko who wants me to rescue her ... I wanted to let you know that. I'm getting closer to where you are, and I intend to get closer still. -- Haruki Murakami
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It suddenly occurred to me that true believers in hard-driving jazz - Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor - could never become owners of cleaning shops in malls across from railroad stations. -- Haruki Murakami
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No one can know everything about another person. Not even God, probably. -- Haruki Murakami
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Is it possible, finally, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We -- Haruki Murakami
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For a ten-year-old boy and a ten-year-old girl to become good friends was not easy under any circumstances. Indeed, it might be one of the most difficult accomplishments in the world. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Then, all but instinctively, I took her in my arms. Pressed against me, her whole body trembling, she continued to cry without a sound. -- Haruki Murakami
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Becoming a different person might be hard, but taking on a different name is a cinch. -- Haruki Murakami
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She twirled a pen in her fingers a second, giving me a I've-got-something-to-tell-you-but-I-don't-know-how-to-say-it look. Clearly, she wasn't used to doing this sort of thing. -- Haruki Murakami
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If possible, I'd like to avoid that kind of literary burnout. My idea of literature is something more spontaneous, more cohesive, something with a kind of natural, positive vitality. For me, writing a novel is like climbing a steep mountain, struggling up the face of the cliff, -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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The basic stupidity of modern Japan is that we've learned absolutely nothing from our contact with other Asian peoples. -- Haruki Murakami
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At some point paradise would be lost. -- Haruki Murakami
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Another person's life is that person's life. You can't take responsibility. -- Haruki Murakami
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I placed the highest priority on the sort of life that lets me focus on writing, not associating with all the people around me. -- Haruki Murakami
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We're talking about a revelation here,' Colonel Sanders said, clicking his tongue. 'A revelation leaps over the borders of the everyday. A life without revelation is no life at all. What you need to do is move from reason that observes to reason that acts. that's what critical.'
~page 275 -- Haruki Murakami
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People think of all kinds of things at three in the morning. We all do. That's why we each have to figure out our own way of fighting it off. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Too many memories of her were crammed inside of me, and as soon as one of them found the slightest opening, the rest would force their way out in an endless stream, an unstoppable flood. -- Haruki Murakami
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A gentle silence descended on them, suggestive of the flow of time. -- Haruki Murakami
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The exact same text was slightly different to read when viewed on the printed pages rather than on the word processor's screen. The feel of the words he chose would change depending on whether he was writing them on paper in pencil or typing them on the keyboard. It was imperative to do both. -- Haruki Murakami
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Cats know everything. Not like dogs. -- Haruki Murakami
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What did you expect? Tsukuru asked himself. A basically empty vessel has become empty once again. Who can you complain to about that? People come to him, discover how empty he is, and leave. What's left is an empty, perhaps even emptier, Tsukuru Tazaki, all alone. Isn't that all there is to it? -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I need to learn not just to forget but to forgive. -- Haruki Murakami
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Life was to be measured by the color and variety of its episodes, -- Haruki Murakami
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Civilization means transmission, he said. Whatever can't be expressed might as well not exist. Get the picture? It'd be good for exactly zero. -- Haruki Murakami
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I all of a sudden got to feeling like talking to people. 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. I'm weird like that. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Some things are forgotten, some things disappear, some things die. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching. -- Haruki Murakami
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Thinking about lunch. Smoked salmon with pedigreed lettuce and razor-sharp slices of onion that have been soaked in ice water, brushed with horseradish and mustard, served on French butter rolls baked in the hot ovens of Kinokuniya. A sandwich made in heaven -- Haruki Murakami
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My life ended when I was 20. Since then it's been merely a series of endless reminiscences, a dark, winding corridor leading nowhere. Nevertheless, I had to live it, surviving each empty day, seeing each day off still empty. -- Haruki Murakami
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May you live a rich and fruitful life, and may there be nothing to cast dark shadows on it. -- Haruki Murakami
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We truly believed in something back then, and we knew we were the kind of people capable of believing in something - with all our hearts. And that kind of hope will never simply vanish. -- Haruki Murakami
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Why are you staring at me?" she'd ask.
"'Cause you're pretty," I'd reply.
"You're the first one who's ever said that."
"I'm the only one who knows," I'd tell her. "And believe me, I know. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was a small soft hand. I thought my heart might break in two. -- Haruki Murakami
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She was the only thing that held together the fragile, provisional me. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was the age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. -- Haruki Murakami
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One could say that the greatest sins afflicting modern society are the proliferation of lies and silence. We lie through our teeth, then swallow our tongues."
-from "Heart the Wind Sing -- Haruki Murakami
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Lies are terrible things. One could say that the greatest sins afflicting modern society are the proliferation of lies and silence. We lie through our teeth, then swallow our tongues. All the same, were we to speak only the truth all year round, then the truth might lose its value. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 I'm always clamming up. -- Haruki Murakami
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Exactly. Chekhov was a great writer, but not all novels have to follow his rules. Not all guns in stories have to be fired, Tamaru said. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 each other -- Haruki Murakami
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Chekhov was a great writer, but not all novels have to follow his rules. Not all guns in stories have to be fired, Tamaru -- Haruki Murakami
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Violence does not always take physical form, and not all wounds gush blood. -- Haruki Murakami
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Each of us had all the troubles we could carry. They rained down on us from the sky, and we raced around in a frenzy to pick them up and stuff them in our pockets. Why we did that stumps me, even now. Maybe we thought they were something else. -- Haruki Murakami
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The grounds of the place were dominated by several large, old willow trees that towered over the surrounding stone wall and swayed soundlessly in the wind like lost souls. -- Haruki Murakami
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I noticed for the first time that his expression was completely changed - strangely expressionless, eyes out of focus. He seemed to be staring into a void. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. Breathing it in, I glance through a few pages before returning each book to its shelf. -- Haruki Murakami
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There is a slight difference between collecting fifty wine labels and collecting fifty pinball machines. -- Haruki Murakami
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Deep, special pain bestows deep, special grace - not that the grace alleviates the pain, of course. -- Haruki Murakami
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Ever since time began (when was that, I wonder?), it's been moving ever forward without a moment's rest. And one of the privileges given to those who've avoided dying young is the blessed
right to grow old. -- Haruki Murakami
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Honesty is to truth as prow is to stern. Honesty appears first and truth appears last. The interval between varies in direct proportion to the size of ship. With anything of size, truth takes a long time in coming. Sometimes it only manifests itself posthumously. -- Haruki Murakami
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The music had an ambitious, virtuoso structure, but at the same time it was beautifully introspective. It honestly and delicately expressed, in a full, tangible way, what it meant to be alive. A crucial aspect of the world that could only be expressed through the medium of music. -- Haruki Murakami
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The world's crawling with stupid,
innocent girls, and I'm just one of them, self-consciously
chasing after dreams that'll never come true. I should shut the
piano lid and come down off the stage. Before it's too late. -- Haruki Murakami
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This was the second stage in my life, a step in my personal evolution
abandoning the idea of being different, and settling for normal ... Gradually I drew nearer to the world, and the world drew nearer to me. -- Haruki Murakami
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Wakeful nights often give people useless thoughts. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was the greatest stroke of good fortune he had ever encountered in life. In other words, he had finally worked his way up to the lowest spot on the totem pole. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 said hi. I was painfully shy, though, and could barely reply. -- Haruki Murakami
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My life might have been totally different if I hadn't been born with this name. If I had had an ordinary name like Sato or Tanaka or Suzuki, I could have lived a slightly more relaxed life or looked at people with somewhat more forgiving eyes. Perhaps. -- Haruki Murakami
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There in the dim light, staring at the shadow on the wall, I poured out the story of my life. ( ... ) How nothing touched me. And I touched nothing. How I'd lost track of what mattered. How I worked like a fool for things that didn't. How it didn't make a difference either way. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm a writer, not a professional runner. It's fun and it helps me write. I need powerful concentration. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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I know these things. I'm always right. It's got nothing to do with logic: I just feel it. For example, when I'm really close to you like this, I'm not the least bit scared. Nothing dark or evil could ever tempt me. -- Haruki Murakami
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The most dangerous creature here would have to be me. So maybe I'm just scared of my own shadow. -- Haruki Murakami
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But listen to me
there are times in life when those kinds of excuses don't cut it anymore. Situations when nobody cares whether you're suited for the task at hand or not. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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We used to spend hours talking. We never got tired of talking, never raun out of topics - novels, the world, scenery, language. Our conversations were more open and intimate than ane lovers'. -- Haruki Murakami
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There's not a branch of publishing or broadcasting that doesn't depend in some way on advertising. It'd be like an aquarium without water. Why, ninety-five percent of the information that reaches you has already been preselected and paid for. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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More than once I tried stretching my hand out in the dark. My fingers touched nothing. The faint glow remained, just beyond my grasp. -- Haruki Murakami
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Hatsumi had some quality that could send a tremor through your heart. It was nothing forceful. The power she exerted was a subtle thing, but it called forth deep resonances. -- Haruki Murakami
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You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision. -- Haruki Murakami
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Tengo was about to say something when he heard the connection cut. Everybody was hanging up on him. Like chopping down a rope bridge. -- Haruki Murakami
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It was a stillness so profound one had to adjust one's hearing to it.
...
The silence seemed to be trying to tell him something about itself. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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Still leaning against the handrail, I studied the firefly. Neither I nor it made a move for a very long time. The wind continued sweeping past the two of us while the numberless leaves of the zelkova tree rustled in the darkness. -- Haruki Murakami
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Not being bored means not having to think about a lot of stupid stuff. -- Haruki Murakami
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Fuka-Eri started to offer an opinion on the matter but then had second thoughts and stopped. Her opinion, unvoiced, snack back into the place it had originated from - a deep, dark, unknown place. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 certainly problems that had originated within me. -- Haruki Murakami
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Dancingiseverything,' continued the Sheep Man. 'Danceintip-topform. Dancesoitallkeepsspinning. Ifyoudothat, wemightbeabletodosomethingforyou. Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. -- Haruki Murakami
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The ground we stand on looks solid enough, but if something happens it can drop right out from under you. -- Haruki Murakami
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Alphaville is the title of one of my favorite movies. Jean-Luc Godard. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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So even though he was an alien he was never an outcast. -- Haruki Murakami
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Surfing's a more profound kind of sport than it looks. When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent. -- Haruki Murakami
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Each "way of thinking" has its own shape and color, which wax and wane like the moon. -- Haruki Murakami
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He wasn't a talkative man to begin with, and in all aspects of life - as though it were a kind of mouth infection he wanted to avoid catching - he never talked about his feelings. -- Haruki Murakami
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But no one was asking me. I was here to do a job, and gray steel lockers or pale peach jukebox was no business of mine. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'm not asking for sympathy, but it would be nice if you could give me a bit more in the way of a response. Other than those cold interjections of yours - ohs and ums. How about a conjunction? A conjunction would be nice. A yet or a but. -- Haruki Murakami
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I'll bet they think they can leave you alone because you've really got it together.
But maybe sometimes you don't really have it together. -- Haruki Murakami
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No,' I said, 'I don't want to go anywhere alone. I'll fall apart if I don't have you. I need you. Please, don't leave me alone. -- Haruki Murakami
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He comes out of the mine about the same as when he went in. He has no sense that it was something he decided to do himself, or that he had a choice. He's like totally passive. But I think in real life people are like that. It's not so easy to make choices on your own. -- Haruki Murakami
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People need things like that to go on living - mental landscapes that have meaning for them, even if they can't explain them in words. Part of why we live is to come up with explanations with these things. That's what I think. -- Haruki Murakami
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I have to somehow get connected to reality again, he thought, or else I won't be me anymore. I'll become a man who doesn't exist. -- Haruki Murakami
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Whoa!" he says with a smile. The wrinkles at the corners of his eyes deepen. "Chicken salad a la George Orwell! -- Haruki Murakami
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groping uncertainly for the meaning of her own flesh. -- Haruki Murakami
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The truth is this: life is empty. However, help is available. If you know from the outset, it's almost as if life's not really meaningless at all. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's difficult to teach how to write novels, but teaching swimming is just as hard. -- Haruki Murakami
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Well, what else can they do? We all just keep doing the same things. -- Haruki Murakami
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A simple change of scenery can bring about powerful shifts in the flow of time and emotions -- Haruki Murakami
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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 said, shaking my head, "I'd guess your method works quite well. -- Haruki Murakami
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You're always Tsukuru," Eri said, and laughed quietly. "So I don't mind. The Tsukuru who makes things. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. -- Haruki Murakami
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All things in my novels are real for me. Some western critics said that Garcia Marquez's novels are magic realism. However, I believe that Marquez must have experienced everything in his novels. -- Haruki Murakami
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I believed in all seriousness that by converting my life into numbers I might be able to get through to people. That having something to communicate could stand as proof I really existed. -- Haruki Murakami
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What season?" I asked. "A delayed adolescence, I guess. When I get up in the morning and see my face in the mirror, it looks like someone else's. If I'm not careful, I might end up left behind. -- Haruki Murakami
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Of course, they're not clowning around trying to make me laugh. They're doing their best to live very serious lives, and they just happen to fall down sometimes. I think that's cool. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes you're just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one. -- Haruki Murakami
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For a while is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting. -- Haruki Murakami
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Where I'm living is not a storybook world. It's the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes. -- Haruki Murakami
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Perhaps I'm just too painstaking a type of person, but I can't grasp much of anything without putting down my thoughts in writing. -- Haruki Murakami
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I was dying. Like all the other people who live in this world. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 loneliness of space, what could Laika possibly be looking at? -- Haruki Murakami
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She might as well have used something other than words, but she had not come across a more appropriate medium. It was as simple as that. -- Haruki Murakami
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To tell you the truth, though, I loved his weak side, too. I loved it as much as I loved his good side. There was absolutely nothing mean or sneaky about him. He was weak: that's all. -- Haruki Murakami
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Nobody would take the time and effort to hang a fake moon in a real sky. -- Haruki Murakami
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You don't know if she shares the same strong, pure feelings you have for her," Oshima comments. I shake my head. "It hurts to think about it. -- Haruki Murakami
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The thing is you're looking for something two-dimensional and not quite real. It never lasts. But you can't expect something unreal to last anyway, can you? -- Haruki Murakami
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It's not so strange that when your memories change, the world changes. -- Haruki Murakami
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Love and used Subarus were two different things. Weren't they? -- Haruki Murakami
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What's really important in life is always the things that are secondary. -- Haruki Murakami
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No Good News in This Chapter -- Haruki Murakami
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As he watched his father, Tengo started to have doubts about the difference between a person being alive and being dead. Maybe there really wasn't much of a difference to begin with, he though, maybe we just decided, for convenience's sake, to insist on a difference. -- Haruki Murakami
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Your life's just begun and there's a ton of things out in the world you've never laid eyes on. Things you never could imagine. -- Haruki Murakami
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Eventually, Malta Kano withdrew her hand from mine and took several deep breaths. Then she nodded several times. "Mr. Okada," she said, "I believe that you are entering a phase of your life in which many different things will occur. The disappearance of your cat is only the beginning. -- Haruki Murakami
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He had no place he had to go to, no place to come back to. He never did, and he didn't now. The only place for him was where he was now. -- Haruki Murakami
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I began guitar after coming here as there wasn't a piano about. I taught myself, but my fingers just aren't cut out for the guitar, so I can't seem to get very good. Still, I like the innstrument. It's light, simple, straighforward, like a warm little room, nice and cozy. -- Haruki Murakami
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No matter where I find myself, this is the time of day I love best. The time that's mine alone. It'll be dawn soon, and I'm sitting here writing. Like Buddha, born from his mother's side (the right or the left, I can't recall), the new sun will lumber up and peek over the edge of the hills. -- Haruki Murakami
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If a person would just make the effort, there's something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there's always something you can learn. -- Haruki Murakami
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That happens sometimes, right? It's
on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't think of it. -- Haruki Murakami
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There are all kinds of things we have to deal with in life," Eri finally said. "And one thing always seems to connect with another. You try to solve one problem, only to find that another one you hadn't anticipated arises instead. It's not that easy to get free of them. -- Haruki Murakami
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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? -- Haruki Murakami
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And you'll return to real life. You need to live it to the fullest. No matter how shallow and dull things might get, this life is worth living. I guarantee it. -- Haruki Murakami
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When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini's 'The Thieving Magpie,' which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta. -- Haruki Murakami
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Cooking was not a chore for Tengo. He always used it as a time to think - about everyday problems, about math problems, about his writing, or about metaphysical propositions. He could think in a more orderly fashion while standing in the kitchen and moving his hands than while doing nothing. -- Haruki Murakami
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Would you call what I'm going through a defection? Defection? For a moment I couldn't figure out what she meant.
Defection. Betraying your beliefs and convictions. -- Haruki Murakami
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Six years during which time I'd laid three cats to rest. Burned how many aspirations, bundled up how much suffering in thick sweaters, and buried them in the ground. All in this fathomlessly huge city Tokyo. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 are like guideposts to my heart ... -- Haruki Murakami
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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 and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights. -- Haruki Murakami
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He does not exist here, with me, but flesh that does not exist will never die, and promises unmade are never broken. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 right down to the bottom of it all. -- Haruki Murakami
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What Tengo would have to do, it seemed, was take a hard, honest look at the past while standing at the crossroads of the present. Then he could create a future, as thought he were rewriting the past.It was the only way -- Haruki Murakami
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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 ultimately I am a person who can do evil. -- Haruki Murakami
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That helped give me a sense of normal. And getting back to normal was everything. Everybody was counting on me to be normal. -- Haruki Murakami
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Running a service-oriented business means you have to accept whoever comes through the door. No matter who comes in, unless they're really awful, you have to greet them with a friendly smile on your face. -- Haruki Murakami
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His hairline had receded from the forehead and his sparse remaining hair recalled a frosty meadow in late autumn. -- Haruki Murakami
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Now that you've said hello, I'm afraid we move right into farewells. Hello, goodbye. Like flowers scattered in a storm, man's life is one long farewell, as they say, -- Haruki Murakami
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Libraries have certainly come a long way. The days of card pockets inside the backsleeves of books seemed like a faded dream. As a kid, I used to love all those withdrawal date stamps. -- Haruki Murakami
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If they invent a car that runs on stupid jokes, you could go far. -- Haruki Murakami
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Does G get angry because it follows F in the alphabet? Does page 68 in a book start a revolution because it follows 67? -- Haruki Murakami
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And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you. -- Haruki Murakami
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Eyes mark the shape of the city. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 pool in the summer. -- Haruki Murakami
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It's kind of embarrassing to put this into words," she said, "but I want to stay friends with you, Junpei. Not just for now, but even after we get older. A lot older. I love Takatsuki, but I need you, too, in a different way. Does that make me selfish? -- Haruki Murakami
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Domenico Scarlatti wrote 555 piano sonatas during his lifetime, most of them when he was between the ages of fifty-seven and sixty-two.) -- Haruki Murakami
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You're very clear about what you like and what you don't like," she said.
"Maybe so," I said. "Maybe that's why people don't like me. Never have."
"It's because you show it," she said. "You make it obvious you don't care whether people like you or not. That makes some people angry. -- Haruki Murakami
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Once you do learn about the truth, you end up having to take a certain responsibility for it. -- Haruki Murakami
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So you finally made Naoko yours,' I heard myself telling him. 'Oh well, she was yours to begin with. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. -- Haruki Murakami
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There are two types of drinkers: those who drink to enhance their personalities, and those who sought to take something away. -- Haruki Murakami
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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. I couldn't stop it. I was going to sleep. -- Haruki Murakami
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In these dreams, I'm there, implicated in some ongoing circumstance. All indications are that I belong to this dream continuity. -- Haruki Murakami
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Because sometimes I have a need for human warmth," I answered honestly. "Sometimes, if I can't feel something like the warmth of a woman's skin, I get so lonely I can't stand it. -- Haruki Murakami
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Sad hotels existed everywhere, to be sure, but the Dolphin was in a class of its own. The Dolphin Hotel was conceptually sorry. The Dolphin Hotel was tragic. -- Haruki Murakami
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All he felt was sorrow, as if he'd been abandoned at the bottom of a deep, dark pit. That's all it was - sorrow. That, and simple physical pain. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 with an almost unbearable sorrow. -- Haruki Murakami
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I don't give a damn about what people say. They can be reptile food for all I care. -- Haruki Murakami
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The past and the present, might we say, go like this. The future is a maybe. Yet we look back on the darkness that obscures the path that brought us fair, we only come up with another indefinite maybe. The only thing we perceive with any clarity is the present moment, and even that just passes by. -- Haruki Murakami
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Strange as it may seem - or perhaps it does not seem so strange - they all had the same thought: it was so much easier to kill humans on the battlefield than animals in cages, even if, on the battlefield, one might end up being killed oneself. -- Haruki Murakami
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She had been an absolutely special woman. Someone should have done something - anything - to save her. -- Haruki Murakami
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My reflection in the mirror wasn't me. It looked like exactly like me on the outside, but it definitely wasn't me. No, that's not it. It was me, of course, but another me. Another me that never should have been. -- Haruki Murakami
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All of us are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world. -- Haruki Murakami
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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 move. -- Haruki Murakami
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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, no one can stop it-even if the person himself wants to stop it. -- Haruki Murakami
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Nature abhors a vacuum. At the very least, though, she felt that now there was nothing for her to hate. -- Haruki Murakami
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Things that appear to be complicated - and that in fact are complicated - are very simple where motives are concerned. Motive is the root of desire, so to speak. The important thing is to seek out the root. Dig beneath the complicated surface of reality -- Haruki Murakami