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


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

  • All of us are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • My arm was not what she needed, but the arm of someone else. My warmth was not what she needed, but the warmth of someone else.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")


  • The world is an inherently unfair place.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute - like shadows lengthening at dusk. Someday, I suppose, the shadows will be swallowed up in darkness.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • I don't want our relationship to end like this. You're one of the very few friends I have, and it hurts not being able to see you. When am I going to be able to talk to you? I want you to tell me that much, at least.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • 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, "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")

  • Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of life.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • Not that we were incompatible: we just had nothing to talk about.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")