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Quotes by Haruki Murakami (Page 4 of 4)

Quote: People just disappear sometimes. You have to love and appreciate them while they're near you. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

People just disappear sometimes. You have to love and appreciate them while they're near you.


Quote: I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision.


Quote: In my younger days, I was trying to write sophisticated prose and fantastic stories. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

In my younger days, I was trying to write sophisticated prose and fantastic stories.


Quote: I had no ambition to be a writer because the books I read were too good, my standards were too high. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I had no ambition to be a writer because the books I read were too good, my standards were too high.


Quote: Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me.


Quote: It's true that at the time I was fond of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and it was from them that I learned about this kind of simple, swift-paced style, but the main reason for the style of my first novel is that I simply did not have the time to write sustained prose. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of Haruki Murakami quote; white text on black background

It's true that at the time I was fond of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and it was from them that I learned about this kind of simple, swift-paced style, but the main reason for the style of my first novel is that I simply did not have the time to write sustained prose.


Quote: I like to read books. I like to listen to music. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I like to read books. I like to listen to music.


Quote: I don't know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I don't know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five.


Quote: It is hard to be an individual in Japan. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

It is hard to be an individual in Japan.


Quote: 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. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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.


Quote: Whenever I write a novel, I have a strong sense that I am doing something I was unable to do before. With each new work, I move up a step and discover something new inside me. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Whenever I write a novel, I have a strong sense that I am doing something I was unable to do before. With each new work, I move up a step and discover something new inside me.


Quote: As a novelist, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday's dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions and I have to adjust them to make the story work. But, in principle, the original dream does not change. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of Haruki Murakami quote; white text on black background

As a novelist, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday's dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions and I have to adjust them to make the story work. But, in principle, the original dream does not change.


Quote: I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way.


Quote: Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.


Quote: Young people these days don't trust anything at all. They want to be free. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Young people these days don't trust anything at all. They want to be free.


Quote: Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of Haruki Murakami quote; white text on black background

Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside.


Quote: You know, if you are kind of rich, the best thing is that you don't have to think about money. The best thing you can buy with money is freedom, time. I don't know how much I earn a year. I have no idea. I don't know how much I pay in taxes. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

You know, if you are kind of rich, the best thing is that you don't have to think about money. The best thing you can buy with money is freedom, time. I don't know how much I earn a year. I have no idea. I don't know how much I pay in taxes.


Quote: I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.


Quote: Team sports aren't my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don't need a partner to go running, you don't need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Team sports aren't my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don't need a partner to go running, you don't need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.


Quote: I think history is collective memories. In writing, I'm using my own memory, and I'm using my collective memory. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I think history is collective memories. In writing, I'm using my own memory, and I'm using my collective memory.


Quote: Writing is fun -- at least mostly. I write for four hours every day. After that I go running. As a rule, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). That's easy to manage. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Writing is fun -- at least mostly. I write for four hours every day. After that I go running. As a rule, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). That's easy to manage.


Quote: I could have been a cult writer if I'd kept writing surrealistic novels. But I wanted to break into the mainstream, so I had to prove that I could write a realistic book. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I could have been a cult writer if I'd kept writing surrealistic novels. But I wanted to break into the mainstream, so I had to prove that I could write a realistic book.


Quote: I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching.


Quote: Most near-future fictions are boring. It's always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Most near-future fictions are boring. It's always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy.


Quote: As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life.


Quote: When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.


Quote: I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured.




Quote: I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of Haruki Murakami quote: I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic.- black text on quotes background

I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic.


Quote: 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. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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.


Quote: My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories -- not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father's generation. It's a kind of inheritance, the memory of it. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories -- not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father's generation. It's a kind of inheritance, the memory of it.


Quote: Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together on the deepest level. When I write a novel, I go into such depths. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together on the deepest level. When I write a novel, I go into such depths.


Quote: Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.


Quote: Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.


Quote: I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.


Quote: I'm not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I'm not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years.


Quote: Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work.


Quote: Confidence, as a teenager? Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I loved cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I knew what I loved. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Confidence, as a teenager? Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I loved cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I knew what I loved.


Quote: If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.


Quote: It's physical. If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place you have to be strong physically. That is a very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of Haruki Murakami quote; white text on black background

It's physical. If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place you have to be strong physically. That is a very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong.


Quote: 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. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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.


Quote: Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live. by author Haruki Murakami overlaid on photo of photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.


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