53 Remarkable Haruki Murakami Quotes

53 Remarkable Haruki Murakami Quotes

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Haruki Murakami is highly acclaimed Japanese writer. His works of fiction and non fiction have been translated into over 50 different languages and have sold millions of copies. He has won many awards including Franz Kafka Prize in 2006. A few of his most notable publishments are Kafka on the Shore, Wind Up Bird Chronicle, and A Wild Sheep Chase.

“A person’s last moments are an important thing. You can’t choose how you’re born but you can choose how you die.”

“As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life.”

“Beyond the window, some kind of small, black thing shot across the sky. A bird, possibly. Or it might have been someone’s soul being blown to the far side of the world.”

“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”

“Don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality!”

“Either I’m funny or the world’s funny. I don’t know which. The bottle and lid don’t fit. It could be the bottle’s fault or the lid’s fault. In either case, there’s no denying that the fit is bad.”

“Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.”

“Even if you managed to escape from one cage, weren’t you just in another, larger one?”

“Ever since time began (when was that, I wonder?), it’s been moving ever forward without a moment’s rest. And one of the privileges given to those who’ve avoided dying young is the blessed
right to grow old.”

“Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.”

“Everything. Things you lost. Things you’re gonna lose. Everything. Here’s where it all ties together.”

“Find me now. Before someone else does.”

“He inherited from his mother’s stories the fundamental style he used, unaltered, in his own stories: namely, the assumption that fact may not be truth, and truth may not be factual.”

“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.”

“I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.”

“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.”

“I just wanted to write something about running, but I realized that to write about my running is to write about my writing. It’s a parallel thing in me.”

“If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.”

“If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course, you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place, you have to be strong physically. That is a
very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong.”

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

“I’m a coward when it comes to matters of the heart. That is my fatal flaw.”

“In a sense, I’m the one who ruined me: I did it myself.”

“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.”

“It’s just that you’re about to do something out of the ordinary. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before. But don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality.”

“It’s like the Tibetan Wheel of the Passions. As the wheel turns, the values and feelings on the outer rim rise and fall, shining or sinking into darkness. But true love stays fastened to the axle and doesn’t move.”

“Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.”

“Loneliness becomes an acid that eats away at you.”

“Mediocrity is like a spot on your shirt, it never comes off.”

“My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”

“My heroes don’t have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don’t know how, so they talk to themselves.”

“Numbers aren’t the important thing … what matters is deciding in your heart to accept another person completely. When you do that, it is always the first time and the last.”

“Once you let yourself grow close to someone, cutting the ties could be painful.”

“Our memory is made up of our individual memories and our collective memories. The two are intimately linked. And history is our collective memory. If our collective memory is taken from us – is rewritten – we lose the ability to sustain our true selves.”

“Painful is the stress when one cannot reproduce or convey vividly to others, however hard he tries, what he’s experienced so intensely.”

“People need routines. It’s like a theme in music. But it also restricts your thoughts and actions and limits your freedom. It structures your priorities and in some cases distorts your

“Please remember: things are not what they seem.”

“Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together on the deepest level. When I write a novel, I go into such depths.”

“that one of our problems was our inability to recognize and accept our own deformities”

“That’s what the world is , after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories.”

“The honour of physical decline is waiting, and you have to get used to that reality.”

“There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person’s heart.”

“This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: ‘At the time, no one knew what was coming.”

“Time slowly chips away at life. People don’t just die when their time comes. They gradually die away, from the inside. And finally the day comes when you have to settle accounts. Nobody can
escape it. People have to pay the price for what they’ve received.”

“To sleep with a woman: it can seem of the utmost importance in your mind, or then again it can seem like nothing much at all. Which only goes to say that there’s sex as therapy (self-
therapy, that is) and there’s sex as pastime.”

“What gave money its true meaning was its dark-night namelessness, its breathtaking interchangeability.”

“What I want is for the two of us to meet somewhere by chance one day, like, passing on the street, or getting on the same bus.”

“When I start to write, I don’t have any plan at all. I just wait for the story to come.”

“Whenever she felt like crying, she would instead become angry—at someone else or at herself—which meant that it was rare for her to shed tears.”

“Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.”

“You can hide as cleverly as you like, but in the final analysis mimicry is deception, pure and simple. It doesn’t solve a thing.”

“You can keep as quiet as you like, but one of these days somebody is going to find you.”

“You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.”

“You said you’re going far away,” Tamaru said. “How far away are we talking about?”