As with marathon runs and lengths of toilet paper, there had to be standards to measure up to.
("Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World")
More Quotes from Haruki Murakami:Death was not the opposite of life. It was already here, within my being, it had always been here, and no struggle would permit me to forget that.
Something inside me had dropped away, and nothing came in to fill the cavern.
I don't know what it means to live.
Just as you take care of the birds and the fields every morning, every morning I wind my own spring. I give it some thirty-six good twists by the time I've gotten up, brushed my teeth, shaved, eaten breakfast, changed my clothes, left the dorm, and arrived at the university. I tell myself, Ok, let's make this day another good one.
But intolerant,narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host,change form,and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause, and I don't want anyone like that coming in here.
A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.
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So a truthful assessment of how America is doing in the war on terror as a result of President Bush's war on Iraq is that we have been set back by decades.