Murakami Quotes

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Haruki Murakami
“I began to draw an invisible boundary between myself and other people. No matter who I was dealing with. I maintained a set distance, carefully monitoring the person’s attitude so that they wouldn’t get any closer. I didn’t easily swallow what other people told me. My only passions were books and music”
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Haruki Murakami
“Every once in a while she'll get worked up and cry like that. But that's ok. She's letting her feelings out. The scary thing is not being able to do that. Then your feelings build up and harden and die inside. That's when you're in big trouble.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami
“What I think is this: You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami
“Once again, life had a lesson to teach me: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Haruki Murakami
“But if you knew you might not be able to see it again tomorrow, everything would suddenly become special and precious, wouldn’t it?”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami
“From the moment of my birth, I lived with pain at the center of my life. My only purpose in life was to find a way to coexist with intense pain.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami
“You can have tons of talent, but it won't necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, through, you'll never go hungry.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 Book 1

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.”
Haruki Murakami, After Dark

Haruki Murakami
“That’s all I think about these days. Must be because I have so much time to kill every day. When you don’t have anything to do, your thoughts get really, really far out-so far out
you can’t follow them all the way to the end.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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

Haruki Murakami
“Listening to the music while stretching her body close to its limit, she was able to attain a mysterious calm. She was simultaneously the torturer and the tortured, the forcer and the forced. This sense of inner-directed self-sufficiency was what she wanted most of all. It gave her deep solace.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“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, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“No, I don't want your money. The world moves less by money than by what you owe people and what they owe you. I don't like to owe anybody anything, so I keep to myself as much on the lending side as I can.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“La muerte no existe en contraposición a la vida sino como parte de ella.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami
“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, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami
“A question wells up inside me, a question so big it blocks my throat and makes it hard to breathe. Somehow I swallow it back, finally choosing another.
"Are memories such an important thing?"
"It depends," she replies, and closes her eyes. "In some cases, they're the most important thing there is.”
Haruki Murakami

“We can never comprehend the depths of gloom of night in the light of day".”
Matthew Strecher, Haruki Murakami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle: A Reader's Guide

Haruki Murakami
“Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge,” Aomame said.

“Winston Churchill. As I recall it, though, he was making excuses for the British Empire’s budget deficits. It has no moral significance.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“There is an instinctive withdrawal for the sake of preservation, a closure that assumes the order of completion. Winter is a season unto itself.”
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
“La vida es como una caja de galletas”
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
“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, Dance Dance Dance

Haruki Murakami
“You don't get it" she said
''Don't get what?"
''We are one"
''We are one?" Tengo asked with a shock.
''We wrote the book together"
Tengo felt the pressure of Fuka-Eri's fingers against his palm.
...
''That's true. We wrote Air Crysalis together. And when we are eaten by the tiger, we'll be eaten together.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 Book 1

Haruki Murakami
“Or maybe that’s what it’s all about: this religion’s substance is its lack of substance.

In McLuhanesque terms, the medium is the message. Some people might find that cool.”

“McLuhanesque?”

“Hey, look, even I read a book now and then,” Ayumi protested. “McLuhan was ahead of his time. He was so popular for a while that people tend not to take him seriously, but what he had to say was right.”

“In other words, the package itself is the contents. Is that it?”

“Exactly. The characteristics of the package determine the nature of the contents, not the other way around.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“El amor que se profesaban era tan verdadero que no había ninguna necesidad de ponerlo a prueba. El destino los había unido con un lazo tan fuerte que solo es posible encontrar uno igual entre un millón”
Haruki Murakami (Kafka en la Orilla)

Haruki Murakami
“Pero como siempre, las cosas nunca salen como uno desea. Es más, el mundo parecía conocer a la perfección qué era lo que él (Tengo) no deseaba”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Haruki Murakami
“Lo ùnico que puede hacerse es atravesar este dolor esperando aprender algo de èl, aunque todo lo que uno haya aprendido no le sirva para nada la próxima vez que la tristeza lo visite de improviso”
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
“The moment I see her, there’s a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.”
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes

Haruki Murakami
“I want to conquer my own weak spirit and put the gas attack behind me.”
Haruki Murakami, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Haruki Murakami
“Si solo lees los libros que todos los demás están leyendo, solo puedes pensar en lo que todos los demás están pensando.”
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
“Aprendí a no creerme todo lo que la gente dice.
Mis únicas pasiones sin reservas han sido los libros y la música.
Y, tal vez como lógica consecuencia de todo ello,
me fui convirtiendo en una persona solitaria…”
Haruki Murakami

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