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“I think of rivers, of tides. Forests and water gushing out. Rain and lightning. Rocks and shadows. All of these are in me.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“A girl doesn't always want to go out, you know, Mr. Wind-Up Bird. Sometimes she feels like being nasty--like, if the guy's gonna wait, let him really wait.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“How many times have you said, 'This is it. I've finally found my one true love'? And how many times has the reality turned out differently? Paperback romances and fairy tales promote an ideal of a first and only love, but few of us can claim to have had such uncomplicated good fortune. For most people, the process of finding the perfect partner is one trial and error: breakups, makeups, missed opportunities and misunderstandings. Human love is a fragile creation, and sometimes the smallest thing - the wrong choice of words or a single clumsy gesture - can make love shatter, stall or fade away.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 BOOK 2
“مكان مولد الشخص مهم جداً. لا يمكنك أن تختار أين تولد، لكنك تستطيع أن تختار أين تموت - إلى حدّ ما.
* كافكا على الشاطئ”
Haruki Murakami
“She was the kind of person who took care of things by herself. She’d never ask anybody for advice or help. It wasn’t a matter of pride, I think. She just did what seemed natural to her.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
“I don't really know if it's the right thing to do, making new life. Kids grow up, generations take their place. What does it all come to? More hills bulldozed and more ocean fronts filled in? Faster cars and more cats run over? Who needs it?”
Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
“El corazón de las personas es como un pozo muy profundo. Nadie sabe lo que hay en el fondo. Sólo podemos imaginárnoslo mirando la forma de las cosas que, de vez en cuando, suben a la superficie.”
Haruki Murakami
“To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.”
Haruki Murakami
“‎If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
“إغماض العينين لن يغير في شيء. لا شيء سيختفي لمجرد أنك لا تريد أن تراه. بل، ستجد أن الأمر ازداد سوءاً في المرة التالية التي تنظر فيها. هذا هو العالم الذي نحيا فيه. أبق عينيك مفتوحتين على وسعهما. الجبان فقط هو من يغمض عينيه. إغماض عينيك وسد أذنيك لن يوقف الزمن”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“A person’s destiny is something you look back at afterwards, not something to be known in advance.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“هناك نوع من الكمال لا يمكن إدراكه سوى عبر التراكم غير المحدود للنقائص.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Ordinary imperfect people, always choose similarly imperfect people as friends.”
Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
“I have come to think that life is a far more limited thing than those in the midst of its maelstorm realize. That light shines into the act of life for only the briefest moment-perhaps only a matter of seconds. Once it is gone and failed to grasp its offered revelation, there is no second chance. One may have to live the rest of one's life in hopeless depth of loneliness and remorse. In that twilight world, one can no longer look forward to anything. All that such a person holds in his hands is the withered corpse of what should have been.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“I’m not very good at giving anyone a clear no.”
Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library
“Time is too conceptual. Not that it stops us from filling it in. So much so, we can't even tell whether our experiences belong to time or to the world of physical things.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
“The truth sometimes reminds me of a city buried in sand. As time passes, the sand piles up even thicker, and occasionally it's blown away and what's below is revealed.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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. 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, Norwegian Wood
“Where I'm living is not a storybook world. It's the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
“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, Sputnik Sweetheart
“The little things are important, Mr. Wind-Up Bird,”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“The world is a huge space, but the space that will take you in - and it doesn't have to be very big - is nowhere to be found. You seek a voice, but what do you get? Silence. You look for silence, but guess what? All you hear over and over and over is the voice of this omen. And sometimes this prophetic voice pushes a secret switch hidden deep inside your brain.

Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That's it. That's my heart.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“The real world is in a much darker and deeper place than this, and most of it is occupied by jellyfish and things. We just happen to to forget all that. Don't you agree? Two-thirds of earth's surface is ocean, and all we can see with the naked eye is the surface: the skin.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“The heart apparently doesn’t stop that easily.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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, 1Q84
“It's not as if our lives are simply divided into light and dark. There's a shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does.”
Haruki Murakami, After Dark
“Strong and independent? I’m neither. I’m just being pushed along by reality, whether I like it or not.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“All right, then, I thought: here I am in the bottom of a well.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“People need routines. It's like a theme in music. But it also restricts your thoughts and actions and limits your freedom. It structures your priorities and in some cases distorts your logic.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84


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