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quote by Haruki Murakami: From the moment of my birth, I lived with pain at the center of my life. My only purpose in life was to find a way to coexist with intense pain. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

From the moment of my birth, I lived with pain at the center of my life. My only purpose in life was to find a way to coexist with intense pain.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stor… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories are like guideposts to my heart.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Is that what you see in my eyes, that you know nothing about me?
Nothing is written in your eyes. I replied.
It is written in my eyes and i see the reflection in yours. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Is that what you see in my eyes, that you know nothing about me?
Nothing is written in your eyes. I replied.
It is written in my eyes and i see the reflection in yours.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: There is an instinctive withdrawal for the sake of preservation, a closure that assumes the order of completion. Winter is a season unto itself. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

There is an instinctive withdrawal for the sake of preservation, a closure that assumes the order of completion. Winter is a season unto itself.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I even felt a touch of sympathy for the difficulties he had faced in his life, however stupid and repulsive the shape of that life might appear to me. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I even felt a touch of sympathy for the difficulties he had faced in his life, however stupid and repulsive the shape of that life might appear to me.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I'll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I'll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Beyond the edge of the world there's a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever … with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Beyond the edge of the world there's a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Not just beautiful, though -- the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Not just beautiful, though -- the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: It's a question of attitude. If you really work at something you can do it up to a point. If you really work at being happy you can do it up to a point. But anything more than that you can't. Anythin… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

It's a question of attitude. If you really work at something you can do it up to a point. If you really work at being happy you can do it up to a point. But anything more than that you can't. Anything more than that is luck.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I've decided to make myself strong. As far as I can tell, that's all I can do. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I've decided to make myself strong. As far as I can tell, that's all I can do.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: What a difference a day makes. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

What a difference a day makes.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: One day at a time. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

One day at a time.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: You're tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don't let your feet stop. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

You're tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don't let your feet stop.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I keep this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I keep this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: The silence is so deep it hurts our ears. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The silence is so deep it hurts our ears.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Deep rivers run quiet. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Deep rivers run quiet.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me. with background image: silhouette photography of trees and sky
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The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in.

--Haruki Murakami

Longer Version:

When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.


quote by Haruki Murakami: The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: I'm not very good at giving anyone a clear no. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

I'm not very good at giving anyone a clear no.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come o… with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can't buy. with background image: three clear glass cups
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Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can't buy.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. with background image: red roses on book

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I had no ambition to be a writer because the books I read were too good, my standards were too high. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: I like to read books. I like to listen to music. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

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

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I don't know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: It is hard to be an individual in Japan. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

It is hard to be an individual in Japan.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 m… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami

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

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

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 gam… with background image: 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.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 i… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 … with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I think history is collective memories. In writing, I'm using my own memory, and I'm using my collective memory. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Most near-future fictions are boring. It's always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 weigh… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami


quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 … with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 f… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life. with background image: photo of author Haruki Murakami with quote

Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 e… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: I'm not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years. with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 rea… with background image: 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.

--Haruki Murakami
quote by Haruki Murakami: 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 … with background image: 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.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami

quote by Haruki Murakami: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Haruki Murakami

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