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“You can hide memories, but you can't erase the history that produced them.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Still, being able to feel pain was good, he thought. It's when you can't even feel pain anymore that you're in real trouble.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“No matter how honestly you open up to someone, there are still things you cannot reveal.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Maybe I am fated to always be alone, Tsukuru found himself thinking. People came to him, but in the end they always left. They came, seeking something, but either they couldn’t find it, or were unhappy with what they found (or else they were disappointed or angry), and then they left. One day, without warning, they vanished, with no explanation, no word of farewell. Like a silent hatchet had sliced the ties between them, ties through which warm blood still flowed, along with a quiet pulse.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Never let fear and stupid pride make you lose someone who's precious to you.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“People whose freedom is taken away always end up hating somebody.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“No matter how quiet and conformist a person’s life seems, there’s always a time in the past when they reached an impasse. A time when they went a little crazy. I guess people need that sort of stage in their lives.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Aren't you afraid of dying?
Not really. I've watched lots of good-for-nothing, worthless people die, and if people like that can do it, then I should be able to handle it.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Jealousy—at least as far as he understood it from his dream—was the most hopeless prison in the world. Jealousy was not a place he was forced into by someone else, but a jail in which the inmate entered voluntarily, locked the door, and threw away the key. And not another soul in the world knew he was locked inside. Of course if he wanted to escape he could do so. The prison, was after all, his own heart. But he couldn't make that decision. His heart was as hard as a stone wall. This was the very essence of jealousy.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Life is long, and sometimes cruel. Sometimes victims are needed. Someone has to take on that role. And human bodies are fragile, easily damaged. Cut them, and they bleed.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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“Our lives are like a complex musical score. Filled with all sorts of cryptic writing, sixteenth and thirty-second notes and other strange signs. It's next to impossible to correctly interpret these, and even if you could, and could then transpose them into the correct sounds, there's no guarantee that people would correctly understand, or appreciate, the meaning therein. No guarantee it would make people happy. Why must the workings of people's lives be so convoluted?”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“The right words always seemed to come too late.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Let’s say you are an empty vessel. So what? What’s wrong with that?” Eri said. “You’re still a wonderful, attractive vessel. And really, does anybody know who they are? So why not be a completely beautiful vessel? The kind people feel good about, the kind people want to entrust with precious belongings.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Cell phones are so convenient that they're an inconvenience.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“The world isn’t that easily turned upside down, Haida replied. It’s people who are turned upside down.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“We live in a pretty apathetic age, yet we’re surrounded by an enormous amount of information about other people. If you feel like it, you can easily gather that information about them. Having said that, we still hardly know anything about people.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“The heart apparently doesn’t stop that easily.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“History cannot be erased or altered.Because that would mean killing yourself.”
Haruki Murakami, 色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年
“It’s the first thing I always say at our new employee training seminars. I gaze around the room, pick one person, and have him stand up. And this is what I say: I have some good news for you, and some bad news. The bad news first. We’re going to have to rip off either your fingernails or your toenails with pliers. I’m sorry, but it’s already decided. It can’t be changed. I pull out a huge, scary pair of pliers from my briefcase and show them to everybody. Slowly, making sure everybody gets a good look. And then I say: Here’s the good news. You have the freedom to choose which it’s going to be—your fingernails, or your toenails. So, which will it be? You have ten seconds to make up your mind. If you’re unable to decide, we’ll rip off both your fingernails and your toenails. I start the count. At about eight seconds most people say, ‘The toes.’ Okay, I say, toenails it is. I’ll use these pliers to rip them off. But before I do, I’d like you to tell me something. Why did you choose your toes and not your fingers? The person usually says, ‘I don’t know. I think they probably hurt the same. But since I had to choose one, I went with the toes.’ I turn to him and warmly applaud him. And I say, Welcome to the real world.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.” Sara looked directly into his eyes. “If nothing else, you need to remember that. You can’t erase history, or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“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

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