Haruki Murakami

«Why?" she screamed. "Are you crazy? You know the English subjunctive, you understand trigonometry, you can read Marx, and you don't know the answer to something as simple as that? Why do you even have to ask? Why do you have to make a girl SAY something like this? I like you more than I like him, that's all. I wish I had fallen in love with somebody a little more handsome, of course. But I didn't. I fell in love with you!»

Haruki Murakami


«Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.»

Haruki Murakami


«The world follows its own course. Each possesses his own thoughts, each treads his own path. So it is with your mother, and so it is with your starling. As it is with everyone. The world follows its own course.»

Haruki Murakami


«If you have to choose between something that has form and something that doesn't, go for the one without form. That's my rule.»

Haruki Murakami


«People lose fifty million skin cells every day. The cells get scraped off and turn into invisible dust, and disappear into the air. Maybe we are nothing but skin cells as far as the world is concerned.»

Haruki Murakami


«It's all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.»

Haruki Murakami


«When you are used to the kind of life -of never getting anything you want- you stop knowing what it is you want.»

Haruki Murakami


«I'm tired of living unable to love anyone. I don't have a single friend - not one. And, worst of all, I can't even love myself. Why is that? Why can't I love myself? It's because I can't love anyone else. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else. Do you understand what I am saying? A person who is incapable of loving another cannot properly love himself.»

Haruki Murakami


«A morte existe não como contrário da vida mas como parte dela»

Haruki Murakami


«Rock and roll was my favorite, but before long I grew to enjoy Shinamoto's brand of classical music. This was music from another world, which had its appeal, but more than that I loved it because she was a part of that world.»

Haruki Murakami


«I didn’t have the vaguest idea of what to do – I couldn’t keep staring at the wall forever, I told myself. But even that admonition didn’t work. A faculty advisor reviewing a graduation thesis would have had the perfect comment: you write well, you argue clearly, but you don’t have anything to say.»

Haruki Murakami


«It's not me but the world that's deranged.»

Haruki Murakami


«I might have been afraid that if I really loved someone and needed her, one day she might suddenly disappear without a word, and I'd be left all alone.»

Haruki Murakami


«The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.»

Haruki Murakami


«I think most readers would say the same. Most would choose Midori. And the protagonist, of course, chooses her in the end. But some part of him is always in the other world and he cannot abandon it. It’s a part of him, an essential part. All human beings have a sickness in their minds. That space is a part of them.»

Haruki Murakami


«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.»

Haruki Murakami


«Everything was too sharp and clear, so that I could never tell where to start- the way a map that shows too much can sometimes be useless.»

Haruki Murakami


«Let your body work until it is spent, but keep your mind for yourself.»

Haruki Murakami


«People change,' Sara said.»

Haruki Murakami


«Durum semolina, golden wheat wafting in Italian fields. Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was really loneliness»

Haruki Murakami


«Smrt postoji ne kao suprotnost života već kao njegov deo.»

Haruki Murakami


«But like a boat with a twisted rudder, I kept coming back to the same place. I wasn't going anywhere. I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return.»

Haruki Murakami


«The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer, because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.»

Haruki Murakami


«It was as if - this something I thought of only later, of course - she were gently peeling back one layer after another that covered a person's heart, a very sensual feeling.»

Haruki Murakami


«The real world—where I probably could never be happy, and never get anywhere.»

Haruki Murakami


«What do you mean, 'playing really creatively'? Can you give me an example?"»

Haruki Murakami


«The years nineteen and twenty are a crucial stage in the maturation of character, and if you allow yourself to become warped when you're that age, it will cause you pain when you're older.»

Haruki Murakami


«In those days I used to talk to myself as if reciting poetry.»

Haruki Murakami


«Kitąsyk užsimerkęs paliesdavau kokią pažÄ¯stamą knygą ir giliai į plaučius įtraukdavau jos kvapą. Vien Å¡ito pakakdavo, kad pasijausčiau laimingas.»

Haruki Murakami


«Writing from memory like this, I often feel a pang of dread. What if I've forgotten the most important thing? What if somewhere inside me there is a dark limbo where all the the truly important memories are heaped and slowly turning into mud?»

Haruki Murakami