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


«Nights without work I spent with whisky and books.»

Haruki Murakami


«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.»

Haruki Murakami


«I'd like to have a good long talk with you once you've calmed down. Please call me soon. Happy Birthday.»

Haruki Murakami


«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?»

Haruki Murakami


«Now for a good twelve-hour sleep, I told myself. Twelve solid hours. Let birds sing, let people go to work. Somewhere out there, a volcano might blow, Israeli commandos might decimate a Palestinian village. I couldn't stop it. I was going to sleep.»

Haruki Murakami


«You’re afraid of imagination. And even more afraid of dreams. Afraid of the responsibility that begins in dreams. But you have to sleep, and dreams are a part of sleep. When you’re awake you can suppress imagination. But you can’t suppress dreams.»

Haruki Murakami


«People with dark souls have nothing but dark dreams. People with really dark souls do nothing but dream,»

Haruki Murakami


«We had two black ski masks in the glove compartment. Why my wife owned a shotgun, I had no idea. Or ski masks. Neither of us had ever skied. But she didn't explain and I didn't ask. Married life is weird, I felt.»

Haruki Murakami


«I think serious readers of books are 5% of the population. If there are good TV shows or a World Cup or anything, that 5% will keep on reading books very seriously, enthusiastically. And if a society banned books, they would go into the forest and remember all the books. So I trust in their existence. I have confidence.»

Haruki Murakami


«The ones with no imagination are always the quickest to justify themselves»

Haruki Murakami


«What I mean to say is probably something like this: any single human being, no matter what kind of person he or she may be, is all caught up in the tentacles of this animal like a giant octopus, and is getting sucked into the darkness. You can put any kind of spin on it you like, but you end up with the same unbearable spectacle.»

Haruki Murakami


«In traveling, a companion, in life, compassion,'" she repeats, making sure of it. If she had paper and pencil, it wouldn't surprise me if she wrote it down. "So what does that really mean? In simple terms."»

Haruki Murakami


«Living and dying are, in a sense, of equal value.»

Haruki Murakami


«Things like that happen all the time in this great big world of ours. It is like taking a boat out on a beautiful lake on a beautiful day and thinking both the sky and the lake are beautiful. Things will go where they are supposed to go if you just let them take their natural course. Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it is time for them to be hurt. Life is like that.»

Haruki Murakami


«Opera lovers may be the narrowest people in the world.»

Haruki Murakami