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Killing Commendatore Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
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“From a distance, most things look beautiful.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“Instead of a stable truth, I choose unstable possibilities.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“Look deep enough into any person and you will find something shining within.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“As I gazed at my reflection I wondered, Where am I headed? Before that, though, the question was Where have I come to? Where is this place? No, before that even I needed to ask, Who the hell am I?”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“You can have all the desire and ache inside you want, but what you really need is a concrete starting point.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“In the silence of the woods it felt like I could hear the passage of time, of life passing by. One person leaves, another appears. A thought flits away and another takes its place. One image bids farewell and another one appears on the scene. As the days piled up, I wore out, too, and was remade. Nothing stayed still. And time was lost. Behind me, time became dead grains of sand, which one after another gave way and vanished. I just sat there in front of the hole, listening to the sound of time dying.”
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“We all live our lives carrying secrets we cannot disclose.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“A face is like reading a palm. More than the features you’re born with, a face is gradually formed over the passage of time, through all the experiences a person goes through, and no two faces are alike.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“That sometimes in life we can’t grasp the boundary between reality and unreality. Than boundary always seems to be shifting. As if the border between countries shifts from one day to the next depending on their mood. We need to pay close attention to that movement otherwise we won’t know which side we’re on.”
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“When people photograph an object, they often put a pack of cigarettes next to it to give the viewer a sense of the object’s actual size, but the pack of cigarettes next to the images in my memory expanded and contracted, depending on my mood at the time. Like the objects and events in constant flux, or perhaps in opposition to them, what should have been a fixed yardstick inside the framework of my memory seemed instead to be in perpetual motion.”
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“what hurt me was actually me, myself. In the midst of that continuing, unsettled silence my feelings, like a heavy pendulum, a razor-sharp blade,”
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“The silence lent a faint weight to the air. As though I were sitting alone, at the bottom of the sea.”
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“I couldn’t be sure if I had moved forward or fallen behind, or if I was just circling over the same spot.”
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“No need to worry. Time is the remedy for your concerns. It is the key for all things that possess form. True, time does not last forever, but as long as you have it, it is remarkably efficacious. So look forward to the future, my friends.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“I was desperately clinging to a scrap of wood that had been swept away. In pitch-black darkness, not a single star, or the moon, visible in the sky. As long as I clung to that piece of wood I wouldn’t drown, but I had no clue where I was, where I was heading.”
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“There wasn't any anger involved (I think). I mean, what was I supposed to be angry with? What I was feeling was a fundamental numbness. The numbness your heart automatically activates to lessen the awful pain when you want somebody desperately and they reject you. A kind of emotional morphine.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“If this was a dream, then the world I’m living in itself must all be a dream.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“You’re still young, so that’s why you say that. When you get to be my age, you’ll understand how I feel. How much loneliness the truth can cause sometimes.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“None of us are ever finished. Everyone is always a work in progress.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“No matter how vivid a memory, the power of time was stronger. I knew this instinctively.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“Tomorrow is tomorrow. Today is all we have right now.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“Our lives really do seem strange and mysterious when you look back on them. Filled with unbelievably bizarre coincidences and unpredictable, zigzagging developments. While they are unfolding, it’s hard to see anything weird about them, no matter how closely you pay attention to your surroundings. In the midst of the everyday, these things may strike you as simply ordinary things, a matter of course. They might not be logical, but time has to pass before you can see if something is logical.”
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“It seems as if, year after year, the world becomes a more difficult place to live.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“to me my face in the mirror looked like a virtual fragment of my self that had been split in two. The self there was the one I hadn’t chosen. It wasn’t even a physical reflection.”
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“It was still inchoate, something missing. Something that should be there was appealing to the nonvalidity of absence. And that missing element was rapping on the glass window separating presence and absence. I could make out its wordless cry.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“There are some things that can’t be explained in this life,” Menshiki went on, “and some others that probably shouldn’t be explained. Especially when putting them into words ignores what is most crucial.”
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“Memory can give warmth to time.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“No matter how much he loved someone, he still couldn't share his life with them. He needed solitary time every day to concentrate, and he couldn't stand it when someone's presence threw off his concentration. If he lived with someone he knew he would end up detesting them. Whether it was his parents, a wife, or children. He feared that above all. He wasn't afraid of loving someone. What he feared was growing to hate someone.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“I believe that it’s not necessary to believe in the soul’s existence. But turn that around and you come to the belief that there’s no need to not believe in its existence.”
Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore
“Yet what was time, when you got right down to it? We measured its passage with the hands of a clock for convenience’s sake. But was that appropriate? Did time really flow in such a steady and linear way? Couldn’t this be a mistaken way of thinking, an error of major proportions?”
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