Kumiko and I felt something for each other from the beginning. It was not one of those strong, impulsive feelings that can hit two people like an electric shock when they first meet, but something quieter and gentler, like two tiny lights traveling in tandem through a vast darkness and drawing imperceptibly closer to each other as they go. As our meetings grew more frequent, I felt not so much that I had met someone new as that I had chanced upon a dear old friend.
("The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")
More Quotes from Haruki Murakami:Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That's it. That's my heart.
When someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them.
It's like a kid standing at the window watching the rain.
Everyone may be ordinary, but they're not normal.
When I wake up, my pillow's cold and damp with tears. But tears for what? I have no idea.
This person, this self, this me, finally, was made somewhere else. Everything had come from somewhere else, and it would all go somewhere else. I was nothing but a pathway for the person known as me.
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