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  • 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.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore")

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

  • It's basically impossible for everybody's justice to prevail or everybody's happiness to triumph, so chaos takes over.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • The world is an inherently unfair place.
    (Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood")

  • A regular wind-up toy world this is, I think. Once a day the wind-up bird has to come and wind the springs of this world. Alone in this fun house, only I grow old, a pale softball of death swelling inside me. Yet even as I sleep somewhere between Saturn and Uranus, wind-up birds everywhere are busy at work fulfilling their appointed rounds.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")


  • I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")

  • One last word of advice, though, Mr. Okada, though you may not want to hear this. There are things in this world it is better not to know about. Of course, those are the very things that people most want to know about. It's strange.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")

  • To tell you the truth, sleepless nights are as unusual for me as sumo wrestlers who look good in berets.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")

  • You are a major dimwit. Is your brain made out of jello, you spineless twit? A leaf? What do you think I am, one of those magical raccoons? I'm a concept, get it? Con-cept! Concepts and raccoons aren't exactly the same, now are they? What a dumb thing to say...
    (Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore")

  • 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")

  • It's good when food tastes good, it's kind of like proof you're alive.
    (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")

  • A Russian who uses his imagination is done for. I certainly never use mine.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")

  • If something came out of the deal, it couldn't make things any worse for us than they already were, I thought. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Hell has no true bottom.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")

  • Or maybe the ... shock of it started me covering up all kinds of memories the way a squirrel hides a nut and forgets where he's buried it.
    (Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")


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