Haruki Murakami is known for his frequently bizarre, often dreamy, and always personal prose. He writes in a way that makes you think they’re not his words, but yours. It’s as if the words on the page are just thoughts that occur to you rather than ones given to you. He writes with simplicity using words anybody can understand, but he’s still deep. He’s just judicious with his word choice.
Here are some of the most memorable, touching, or just generally thoughtful lines Murakami’s penned. Keep them in your head.
1. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
2. If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.
3. 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.
4. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.
5. Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.
6. Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
7. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
8. But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.
9. I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it—to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once.
10. If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
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