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If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.
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Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
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There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
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Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.
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You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you.
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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, 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.
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What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things.
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Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.
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Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through, is now like something from the distant past. We're so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past, like ancient stars that have burned out, are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about every day, too many new things we have to learn. New styles, new information, new technology, new terminology ... But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone. And for me, what happened in the woods that day is one of these.
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I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.
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No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.
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I probably still haven’t completely adapted to the world. I don’t know, I feel like this isn’t the real world. The people, the scene: they just don’t seem real to me.
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Say it before you run out of time. Say it before it's too late. Say what you're feeling. Waiting is a mistake.
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But if you knew you might not be able to see it again tomorrow, everything would suddenly become special and precious, wouldn’t it?
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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.
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The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.
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When I first met you, I felt a kind of contradiction in you. You’re seeking something, but at the same time, you are running away for all you’re worth.
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Chance encounters are what keep us going. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Chance encounters are what keep us going.
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Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.
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I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it -- to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once.
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I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished.
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Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?
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I happen to like the strange ones. People who look normal and leads normal lives - they're the ones you have to watch out for.
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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.
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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
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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.
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Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.
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This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time.
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I don't know, there's something about you. Say there's an hourglass: the sand's about to run out. Someone like you can always be counted on to turn the thing over.
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What makes us the most normal,
What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal.
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You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.
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Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself
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Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time.
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A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do.
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Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won't make time stand still.
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Everyone who has something is afraid of losing it, and people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same.
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She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, "I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.
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We're both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We're connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.
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Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
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An expectation was there, mixed in with so many other emotions - excitement, resignation, hesitation, confusion, fear - that would well up then wither on the vine. You're optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does.
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You’re optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does.
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Whenever I look at the ocean, I always want to talk to people, but when I'm talking to people, I always want to look at the ocean.
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Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.
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Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away. If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful.
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I'm all alone, but I'm not lonely. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
I'm all alone, but I'm not lonely.
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I don't care what you do to me, but I don't want you to hurt me. I've had enough hurt already in my life. More than enough. Now I want to be happy.
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As if to build a fence around the fatal emptiness inside her, she had to create a sunny person that she became. But if you peeled away the ornamental egos that she had built, there was only an abbys of nothingness and the intense thirst that came with it. Though she tried to forget it, the nothingness would visit her periodically - on a lonely rainy afternoon, or at dawn when she woke up from a nightmare. What she needed at such times was to be held by someone, anyone.
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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.
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I don't know -- maybe the world has two different kinds of people, and for one kind the world is this completely logical, rice pudding place, and for the other it's all hit-or-miss macaroni gratin.
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I tell you, Mr. Okada, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer. Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn't taste good, but I couldn't disagree more. The first beer should be so cold you can't even taste it. The second one should be a little less chilled, but I want that first one to be like ice. I want it to be so cold my temples throb with pain. This is my own personal preference of course.
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Now all you can do is wait. It must be hard for you, but there is a right time for everything. Like the ebb and flow of tides. No one can do anything to change them. When it is time to wait, you must wait.
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We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning.
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Sometimes when I think of life, I feel like a piece of driftwood washed up on shore. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Sometimes when I think of life, I feel like a piece of driftwood washed up on shore.
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Sometimes you’re just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one.
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As I see it, you are living with something that you keep hidden deep inside. Something heavy. I felt it from the first time I met you. You have a strong gaze, as if you have made up your mind about something. To tell you the truth, I myself carry such things around inside. Heavy things. That is how I can see it in you.
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The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now
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Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely.
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One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
One foot in front of the other. Repeat as often as necessary to finish.
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Here, too, a brand-new day is beginning. It could be a day like all the others, or it could be a day remarkable enough in many ways to remain in the memory. In either case, for now, for most people, it is a blank sheet of paper.
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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.
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No mistake about it. Ice is cold; roses are red; I'm in love. And this love is about to carry me off somewhere. The current's too overpowering; I don't have any choice. It may very well be a special place, some place I've never seen before. Danger may be lurking there, something that may end up wounding me deeply, fatally. I might end up losing everything. But there's no turning back. I can only go with the flow. Even if it means I'll be burned up, gone forever.
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When people tell a lie about something, they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one. ‘Mythomania’ is the word for it.
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Even if we could turn back, we'd probably never end up where we started. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Even if we could turn back, we'd probably never end up where we started.
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Only people who have been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. Each person feels the pain in his own way, each has his own scars. So I think I'm as concerned about fairness and justice as anybody. But what disgusts me even more are people who have no imagination. The kind T. S. Elliot calls 'hollow men'. People who fill up that lack of imagination with heartless bits of straw, not even aware of what they're doing. Callous people who throw a lot of empty words at you, trying to force you to do what you don't want to.
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I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I’ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.
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Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart.
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There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.
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You got to know your limits. Once is enough, but you got to learn. A little caution never hurt anyone. A good woodsman has only one scar on him. No more, no less.
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There are lots of things we never understand, no matter how many years we put on, no matter how much experience we accumulate.
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My very existence, my life in the world, seemed like a hallucination. A strong wind would make me think my body was about to be blown to the end of the earth, to some land I had never seen or heard of, where my mind and body would separate forever. “Hold tight,” I would tell myself, but there was nothing for me to hold on to.
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Kindness and a caring mind are two separate qualities. Kindness is manners. It is superficial custom, an acquired practice. Not so the mind. The mind is deeper, stronger, and, I believe, it is far more inconstant.
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In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.
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Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.
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As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around.
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There are ways of dying that don't end in funerals. Types of death you can't smell. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
There are ways of dying that don't end in funerals. Types of death you can't smell.
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There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths are or what I’m supposed to do about them. But if I start thinking about these things in too much detail the whole thing gets scary. And if I get scared I can only think about myself. I become really self-centered, and without meaning to, I hurt people. So I’m not such a wonderful human being.
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In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount.
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Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories. - Haruki Murakami Quotes
Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.
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Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
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