Haruki Murakami quotes
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.
Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.
It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.
No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.
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.
Haruki Murakami Life quotes ⇑
In everybody's life there's a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can't go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That's how we survive.
Even chance meetings are the result of karma... Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there's no such thing as coincidence.
All Haruki Murakami quotes ⇑
Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.
Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.
"For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured. At least by the person who's waiting.
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?
"What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal."
Not that we were incompatible: we just had nothing to talk about.
For a long time, she held a special place in my heart. I kept this special place just for her, like a "Reserved" sign on a quiet corner table in a restaurant. Despite the fact that I was sure I'd never see her again.
Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.
There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
So the fact that I'm me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.
If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person.
If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.
If you think God's there, He is. If you don't, He isn't. And if that's what God's like, I wouldn't worry about it.
What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously.
It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.
I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.