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Haruki Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood” Quotes (55 Quotes)


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  • Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • I wondered if she was trying to convey something to me, something she could not put into words - something prior to words that she could not grasp within herself and which therefore had no hope of ever turning into words.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Only the Dead stay seventeen forever.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Where I went in my travels, it's impossible for me to recall. I remember the sights and sounds and smells clearly enough, but the names of the towns are gone, as well as any sense of the order in which I traveled from place to place.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Each day the sun would rise and set, the flag would be raised and lowered. Each Sunday I would have a date with my dead friend's girl. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to do.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")


  • If I have left a wound inside you, it is not just your wound but mine as well.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • So I'm not crazy after all! I thought it looked good myself once I cut it all off. Not one guy likes it, though. They all tell me I look like a first grader or a concentration camp survivor. What's this thing that guys have for girls with long hair? Fascists, the whole bunch of them! Why do guys all think girls with long hair are the classiest, the sweetest, the most feminine? I mean, I myself know at least two hundred and fifty unclassy girls with long hair. Really.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • With Naoko gone, I went to sleep on the sofa. I hadn't intended to do so, but I fell into the kind of deep sleep I had not in a long time, filled with a sense of Naoko's presence. In the kitchen were the dishes Naoko ate from, in the bathroom was the toothbrush Naoko used, and in the bedroom was the bed in which Naoko slept. Sleeping soundly in this apartment of hers, I wrung the fatigue from every cell of my body, drop by drop. I dreamed of a butterfly dancing in the half-light.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Every once in a while she'll get worked up and cry like that. But that's ok. She's letting her feelings out. The scary thing is not being able to do that. Then your feelings build up and harden and die inside. That's when you're in big trouble.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • If you think about it, an unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Something inside me had dropped away, and nothing came in to fill the cavern.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • You know what girls are like. They turn twenty or twenty-one and all of a sudden they start having these concrete ideas. They get super realistic. And when that happens, everything that seemed so sweet and lovable about them begins to look ordinary and depressing.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • From the girl who sat before me now...surged a fresh and physical life force. She was like a small animal that has popped into the world with the coming of spring. Her eyes moved like an independent organism with joy, laughter, anger, amazement, and despair. I hadn't seen a face so vivid and expressive in ages, and I enjoyed watching it live and move.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • I'm confused. Really confused. And it's a lot deeper than you think. Deeperà darkerà colder. But tell me something. How could you have slept with me that time? How could you have done such a thing? Why didn't you just leave me alone?
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Sometimes I feel like a caretaker of a museum-a huge empty museum where no one ever comes and I'm watching over it for no one but myself.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")


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