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  • #1
    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


  • #2
    Haruki Murakami
    “Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #3
    Haruki Murakami
    “Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

    An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

    And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #4
    Haruki Murakami
    “The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, “It’s true. There aren’t any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words.” I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them.”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #6
    Haruki Murakami
    “That's why I like listening to Schubert while I'm driving. Like I said, it's because all his performances are imperfect. A dense, artistic kind of imperfection stimulates your consciousness, keeps you alert. If I listen to some utterly perfect performance of an utterly perfect piece while I'm driving, I might want to close my eyes and die right then and there. But listening to the D major, I can feel the limits of what humans are capable of - that a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. And personally I find that encouraging.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #7
    Haruki Murakami
    “You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed 'em to the fire, they're all just paper. The fire isn't thinking 'Oh, this is Kant,' or 'Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,' or 'Nice tits,' while it burns. To the fire, they're nothing but scraps of paper. It's the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there's no distinction--they're all just fuel.”
    Haruki Murakami, After Dark


  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “But I didn't understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. 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 awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you'll live forever in your own private library.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #10
    Haruki Murakami
    “A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


  • #11
    Haruki Murakami
    “The sun sliced through the windshield, sealing me in light. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth on my eyelids. Sunlight traveled a long distance to reach this planet; an infinitesimal portion of that sunlight was enough to warm my eyelids. I was moved. That something as insignificant as an eyelid had its place in the workings on the universe, that the cosmic order did not overlook this momentary fact.”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #12
    Haruki Murakami
    “Don't you think it would be wonderful to get rid of everything and everybody and just go some place where you don't know a soul?”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #13
    Haruki Murakami
    “Things like that happen all the time in this great big world of ours. It's like taking a boat out on a beautiful lake on a beautiful day and thinking both the sky and the lake are beautiful. So stop eating yourself up alive. Things will go where they're supposed to go if you just let them take their natural course.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


  • #14
    Haruki Murakami
    “Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.”
    Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase


  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “So I'm not crazy after all! I thought it looked good myself once I cut it all off. Not one guy likes it, though. They all tell me I look like a first grader or a concentration camp survivor. What's this thing that guys have for girls with long hair? Fascists, the whole bunch of them! Why do 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. Really.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


  • #16
    Haruki Murakami
    “Whether in music or in fiction, the most basic thing is rhythm. Your style needs to have good, natural, steady rhythm, or people won't keep reading your work.”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #17
    Haruki Murakami
    “It's a dark, cool, quiet place. A basement in your soul. And that place can sometimes be dangerous to the human mind. I can open the door and enter that darkness, but I have to be very careful. I can find my story there. Then I bring that thing to the surface, into the real world. ”
    Haruki Murakami


  • #18
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven


  • #19
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #20
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #21
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #22
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #23
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Light is the left hand of darkness
    and darkness the right hand of light.
    Two are one, life and death, lying
    together like lovers in kemmer,
    like hands joined together,
    like the end and the way.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness


  • #24
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #25
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination


  • #26
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #27
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #28
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin


  • #29
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Yes. There's really only one question that can be answered, Genry, and we already know the answer....The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness


  • #30
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness




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