Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.
More Quotes from Haruki Murakami:I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.
I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished.
I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.
Original manuscripts are private information. Like personal letters, there are parts I don't want other people to see.
Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.
As a writer, I felt it necessary to raise the alarm that a rampant, clandestine and unlawful trade in original manuscripts exists.
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A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I tell my brethren in Palestine: be patient and continue your blessed struggle. We did not forget you. We are still healing another wound in the Muslim nation, which is the occupation of our land by the Americans. Your battle and ours are one and the same.