Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:44]
I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:58]
I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:15]
In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:22]
It is hard to be an individual in Japan.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:30]
There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:45]
When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.More Haruki Murakami [07/25/2011 07:07:59]
I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You know, if you are kind of rich, the best thing is that you don't have to think about money. The best thing you can buy with money is freedom, time. I don't know how much I earn a year. I have no idea. I don't know how much I pay in taxes.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Every writer has his writing technique - what he can and can't do to describe something like war or history. I'm not good at writing about those things, but I try because I feel it is necessary to write that kind of thing.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't know how many good books I still have in me I hope there are another four or five.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I get up early in the morning, 4 o'clock, and I sit at my desk and what I do is just dream. After three or four hours, that's enough. In the afternoon, I run.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Team sports aren't my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don't need a partner to go running, you don't need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Young people these days don't trust anything at all. They want to be free.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I'm a writer. I don't support any war. That's my principle.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories - not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father's generation. It's a kind of inheritance, the memory of it.More Haruki Murakami [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It's true though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night," the bartender says, loudly striking a book match and lighting a cigarette. "You can't fight it.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What do you mean, 'playing really creatively'? Can you give me an example?" "Hmm, let's see ... you send the music deep enough into your heart so that it makes your body undergo a kind of a physical shift, and simultaneously the listener's body also undergoes the same kind of physical shift. It's giving birth to that kind of shared state. Probably.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why do people have to build such depressing places? I'm not saying that every nook and cranny of the world has to be beautiful, but does it have to be this ugly?More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think I'll stay alive here a bit longer, and see with my own eyes what's going to happen. I can still die after that - it won't be too late. Probably.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How about Proust's In Search of Lost Time?" Tamaru asked. "If you've never read it this would be a good opportunity to read the whole thing." "Have you read it?" "No, I haven't been in jail, or had to hide out for a long time. Someone once said unless you have those kinds of opportunities, you can't read the whole of Proust.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But actually time isn't a straight line. It doesn't ave a shape. In all senses of the term, it doesn't have any form. But since we can't picture something without form in our minds, for the sake of convenience we understand it as a straight line. At this point, humans are the only ones who can make that sort of conceptual substitution.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Is this what it means to go back to square one? Most likely. He had nothing left to lose, other than his life.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You said you're going far away," Tamaru said. "How far away are we talking about?" "It's a distance that can't be measured." "Like the distance that separates one person's heart from another's.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel like I've swallowed a cloudy skyMore Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She was seriously in love, but she never made demands.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you really want to know what's happening here and now, you've got to use your own eyes and your own judgment.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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 yMore Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nobody's easier to fool, than the person who is convinced that he is right.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life's no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe's my own to fool with.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This is what it means to live on. When granted hope, a person uses it as fuel, as a guidepost to life. It is impossible to live without hope.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we'd be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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 nowMore Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You make do with what you have. As you age you learn even to be happy with what you have.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whether it's good for anything or not, cool or totally uncool, in the final analysis what's most important is what you can't see but can feel in your heart.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone who has something is afraid of losing it, and people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Gays, lesbians, straights, feminists, fascist pigs, communists, Hare Krishnas - none of them bother me. I don't care what banner they raise. But what I can't stand are hollow people. When I'm with them I just can't bare it, and wind up saying things I shouldn't.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm not trying to imply I can keep up this silent, isolated facade all the time. Sometimes the wall I've erected around me comes crumbling down. It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes, before I even realize what's going on, there I am--naked and defenseless and totally confused. At times like that I always feel an omen calling out to me, like a dark, omnipresent pool of water. ~page 10More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If there's any guy crazy enough to attack me, I'm going to show him the end of the world -- close up. I'm going to let him see the kingdom come with his own eyes. I'm going to send him straight to the southern hemisphere and let the ashes of death rain all over him and the kangaroos and the wallabies.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She's always polite and kind, but her words lack the kind of curiosity and excitement you'd normally expect. Her true feelings- assuming such things exist- remain hidden away. Except for when a practical sort of decision has to be made, she never gives her personal opinion about anything. She seldom talks about herself, instead letting others talk, nodding warmly as she listens. But most people start to feel vaguely uneasy when talking with her, as if they suspect they're wasting her time, trampling on her private, graMore Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge.More Haruki Murakami [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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