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quote by Haruki Murakami: Flaws in oneself open you up to others with flaws. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Flaws in oneself open you up to others with flaws.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I feel like I've swallowed a cloudy sky. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I feel like I've swallowed a cloudy sky.

--Haruki Murakami


quote by Haruki Murakami: The body is not the only target of rape. Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The body is not the only target of rape. Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Girls have periods and boys jerk off. Everybody. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Girls have periods and boys jerk off. Everybody.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: You slowly but surely become a has-been. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

You slowly but surely become a has-been.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: No matter what we said, people would believe what they wanted to believe. The more we struggled, the more vulnerable we'd be. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

No matter what we said, people would believe what they wanted to believe. The more we struggled, the more vulnerable we'd be.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: You can't go anywhere if you just resign yourself to being attacked. A state of chronic powerlessness eats away at a person. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

You can't go anywhere if you just resign yourself to being attacked. A state of chronic powerlessness eats away at a person.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: The way surviving hard winters makes a tree grows stronger, the growth rings inside it tighter. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The way surviving hard winters makes a tree grows stronger, the growth rings inside it tighter.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: To Tengo, sexual desire was fundamentally an extension of a means of communication. And so, to look for sexual desire in a place where there was no possibility of communication seemed inappropriate t… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

To Tengo, sexual desire was fundamentally an extension of a means of communication. And so, to look for sexual desire in a place where there was no possibility of communication seemed inappropriate to him.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: In the midst of life, everything revolved around death. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

In the midst of life, everything revolved around death.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Alright, then, where do the lost names go? The probability of their surviving in the maze of a city must be extremely low. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Alright, then, where do the lost names go? The probability of their surviving in the maze of a city must be extremely low.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Waiting for your answer is one of the most painful things. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Waiting for your answer is one of the most painful things.

--Haruki Murakami

Longer Version:

Waiting for your answer is one of the most painful things I have ever been through. At least let me know whether or not I hurt you.


quote by Haruki Murakami: I miss her every now and then, but finally, she didn't move me. I don't know, sometimes I think I've got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I miss her every now and then, but finally, she didn't move me. I don't know, sometimes I think I've got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Thinking of all I had lost in the course of my life: times gone for ever, friends who had died or disappeared, feelings I would never know again. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Thinking of all I had lost in the course of my life: times gone for ever, friends who had died or disappeared, feelings I would never know again.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: It almost hurt to look at that far-off sky. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

It almost hurt to look at that far-off sky.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: It just happens to be the way I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

It just happens to be the way I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: She and I had needed each other more than either of us knew. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

She and I had needed each other more than either of us knew.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesn't begin at all. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesn't begin at all.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Everything ended in silence. The beasts and spirits heaved a deep breath, broke up their encirclement, and returned to the depths of a forest that had lost its heart. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Everything ended in silence. The beasts and spirits heaved a deep breath, broke up their encirclement, and returned to the depths of a forest that had lost its heart.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: If you hurt her any more than you already have, the wound could be too deep to fix. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

If you hurt her any more than you already have, the wound could be too deep to fix.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Next she turned the gun upward and thrust the muzzle into her mouth. Now it was aimed directly at her cerebrum -- the gray labyrinth where consciousness resided. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Next she turned the gun upward and thrust the muzzle into her mouth. Now it was aimed directly at her cerebrum -- the gray labyrinth where consciousness resided.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I wrote letters in the classroom, I wrote letters at my desk at home with Seagull in my lap, I wrote letters at empty tables during my breaks at the Italian restaurant. It was as if I were writing le… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I wrote letters in the classroom, I wrote letters at my desk at home with Seagull in my lap, I wrote letters at empty tables during my breaks at the Italian restaurant. It was as if I were writing letters to hold together the pieces of my crumbling life.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Even now, whenever I think of her, I envision a quiet Sunday morning. A gentle, clear day, just getting under way. No homework to do, just a Sunday when you could do what you wanted. She always gave … with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Even now, whenever I think of her, I envision a quiet Sunday morning. A gentle, clear day, just getting under way. No homework to do, just a Sunday when you could do what you wanted. She always gave me this kick-back-and-relax, Sunday-morning kind of feeling.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: But the forecasters and media types were clever -- they never used vague words like maybe. No, they stuck with convenient terms for which no one could be held accountable, like probability of precipi… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

But the forecasters and media types were clever -- they never used vague words like maybe. No, they stuck with convenient terms for which no one could be held accountable, like probability of precipitation.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: Intelligent teenage girls were often instinctively theatrical, purposely eccentric, mouthing highly suggestive words to confuse people. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Intelligent teenage girls were often instinctively theatrical, purposely eccentric, mouthing highly suggestive words to confuse people.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 whi… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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
quote by Haruki Murakami: But it has finally hit me: she is neither a concept nor a symbol nor a metaphor. She actually exists: she has warm flesh and a spirit that moves. I never should have lost sight of that warmth and tha… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

But it has finally hit me: she is neither a concept nor a symbol nor a metaphor. She actually exists: she has warm flesh and a spirit that moves. I never should have lost sight of that warmth and that movement.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: Her cry was the saddest sound of orgasm that I had ever heard. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Her cry was the saddest sound of orgasm that I had ever heard.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life and it'd lose even its imperfection. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life and it'd lose even its imperfection.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: She was the kind of person who took care of things by herself. She'd never ask anybody for advice or help. It wasn't a matter of pride, I think. She just did what seemed natural to her. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

She was the kind of person who took care of things by herself. She'd never ask anybody for advice or help. It wasn't a matter of pride, I think. She just did what seemed natural to her.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the … with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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
quote by Haruki Murakami: A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 747s always reminded me of a fat, ugly old lady in the neighborhood where I used to live. Huge sagging breasts, swollen legs, dried-up neckline. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

747s always reminded me of a fat, ugly old lady in the neighborhood where I used to live. Huge sagging breasts, swollen legs, dried-up neckline.

--Haruki Murakami

Longer Version:

747s always remind me of a fat, ugly old lady in the neighborhood where I used to live. Huge sagging breasts, swollen legs, dried up neckline. The airport, a likely gathering place for the old ladies. Dozens of them, coming and going, one after the other.



quote by Haruki Murakami: Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I would never see her again, except in memory. She was here, and now she's gone. There is no middle ground. Probably is a word that you may find south of the border. But never, ever west of the sun. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I would never see her again, except in memory. She was here, and now she's gone. There is no middle ground. Probably is a word that you may find south of the border. But never, ever west of the sun.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: People leave traces of themselves where they feel most comfortable, most worthwhile. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

People leave traces of themselves where they feel most comfortable, most worthwhile.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: The world follows its own course. Each possesses his own thoughts, each treads his own path. So it is with your mother, and so it is with your starling. As it is with everyone. The world follows its … with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The world follows its own course. Each possesses his own thoughts, each treads his own path. So it is with your mother, and so it is with your starling. As it is with everyone. The world follows its own course.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Works that have a certain imperfection to them have an appeal for that very reason -- or at least they appeal to certain types of people. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Works that have a certain imperfection to them have an appeal for that very reason -- or at least they appeal to certain types of people.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.

--Haruki Murakami



quote by Haruki Murakami: Losing you is most difficult for me, but the nature of my love for you is what matters. If it distorts into half-truth, then perhaps it is better not to love you. I must keep my mind but loose you. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Losing you is most difficult for me, but the nature of my love for you is what matters. If it distorts into half-truth, then perhaps it is better not to love you. I must keep my mind but loose you.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, I sometimes think that people's hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what's at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, I sometimes think that people's hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what's at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: You can have tons of talent, but it won't necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, through, you'll never go hungry. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

You can have tons of talent, but it won't necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, through, you'll never go hungry.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: If you're young and talented, it's like you have wings. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

If you're young and talented, it's like you have wings.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Surfing's a more profound kind of sport than it looks. When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Surfing's a more profound kind of sport than it looks. When you surf, you learn not to fight the power of nature, even if it gets violent.

--Haruki Murakami


quote by Haruki Murakami: I just gave them a little scare. A touch of psychological terror. As Joseph Conrad once wrote, true terror is the kind that men feel towards their imagination. (from Super-frog Saves Tokyo). with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I just gave them a little scare. A touch of psychological terror. As Joseph Conrad once wrote, true terror is the kind that men feel towards their imagination. (from Super-frog Saves Tokyo).

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Don't tell me anymore. You should have your dream, as the old woman told you to. I understand how you feel, but if you put those feelings into words they will turn into lies. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Don't tell me anymore. You should have your dream, as the old woman told you to. I understand how you feel, but if you put those feelings into words they will turn into lies.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: But you know Hajime, some feelings cause us pain because they remain. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

But you know Hajime, some feelings cause us pain because they remain.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge, Aomame said.
Winston Churchill. As I recall it, though, he was making excuses for the British Empire's budget deficits.… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge, Aomame said.
Winston Churchill. As I recall it, though, he was making excuses for the British Empire's budget deficits. It has no moral significance.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Our hearts are not stones. A stone may disintegrate in time and lose its outward form. But hearts never disintegrate. They have no outward form, and whether good or evil, we can always communicate th… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Our hearts are not stones. A stone may disintegrate in time and lose its outward form. But hearts never disintegrate. They have no outward form, and whether good or evil, we can always communicate them to one another.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of the darkness inside me. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of the darkness inside me.

--Haruki Murakami


quote by Haruki Murakami: Most human activities are predicated on the assumption that life goes on. If you take that premise away, what is there left? with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Most human activities are predicated on the assumption that life goes on. If you take that premise away, what is there left?

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Why does loving somebody mean you have to hurt them as much? with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Why does loving somebody mean you have to hurt them as much?

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: There's no longer any place for a Big Brother in this real world of ours. Instead, these so-called Little People have come on the scene. Interesting verbal contrast, don't you think? with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

There's no longer any place for a Big Brother in this real world of ours. Instead, these so-called Little People have come on the scene. Interesting verbal contrast, don't you think?

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person's heart and dissolve it. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person's heart and dissolve it.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: The moment I see her, there's a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The moment I see her, there's a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: A friend to kill time is a friend sublime. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

A friend to kill time is a friend sublime.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: Aren't you afraid of dying?
Not really. I've watched lots of good-for-nothing, worthless people die, and if people like that can do it, then I should be able to handle it. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Aren't you afraid of dying?
Not really. I've watched lots of good-for-nothing, worthless people die, and if people like that can do it, then I should be able to handle it.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Time flows in a strange way on Sundays. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Sheep hurt my father, and through my father, sheep have also hurt me. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Sheep hurt my father, and through my father, sheep have also hurt me.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I never trust people with no appetite. It's like they're always holding something back on you. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I never trust people with no appetite. It's like they're always holding something back on you.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you -- you should control them. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you -- you should control them.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: In dreams you don't need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don't exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don't hurt. Reality is dif… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

In dreams you don't need to make any distinctions between things. Not at all. Boundaries don't exist. So in dreams there are hardly ever collisions. Even if there are, they don't hurt. Reality is different. Reality bites. Reality, reality.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: What happens when people open their hearts?  They get better. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I'm safe inside this container called me. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I'm safe inside this container called me.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Have your dream...What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand). with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Have your dream...What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand).

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: There was something odd for him about not feeling lonely. The very fact that he had ceased to be lonely caused him to fear the possibility of becoming lonely again. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

There was something odd for him about not feeling lonely. The very fact that he had ceased to be lonely caused him to fear the possibility of becoming lonely again.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.

--Haruki Murakami

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