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I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough.
Everybody thinks I'm this delicate little girl.
I love you, " I said to her. "From the bottom of my heart. I don't ever want to let you go again. But there's nothing I can do. I can't make a move.""Because of her?"I nodded.
Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.
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.
Loving another person is a wonderful thing, and if that love is sincere, no one ends up tossed into a labyrinth. You have to have more faith in yourself.
I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.
When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it. That's what I think. It's just a form of sincerity.
It just happens to be the way that I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Everything was too sharp and clear, so that I could never tell where to start- the way a map that shows too much can sometimes be useless.
I’m not totally mad at you. I’m just sad. You’re all locked up in that little world of yours, and when I try knocking on the door, you just sort of look up for a second and go right back inside.
What happens when people open their hearts?""They get better.
Those were strange days, now that I look back at them. In the midst of life, everything revolved around death.
I’ve never once thought about how I was going to die, ” she said. “I can’t think about it. I don’t even know how I’m going to live.
She was seriously in love, but she never made demands.
I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.
Our faces were no more than ten inches apart, but she was light years away from me.
The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer, because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.
My words did not seem to reach her. Or, if they did, she was unable to grasp their meaning.
I don't know, it's stupid being 20, " she said. "I'm just not ready. It feels weird. Like somebody's pushing me from behind.
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.
I don't deserve a girl like Hatsumi, " Nagasawa once said to me. I had to agree with him.
Life doesn't require ideals. It requires standards of action.
When people tell a lie about something, they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one. ‘Mythomania’ is the word for it.
She and I were bound together at the border between life and death. It was like that for us from the start
Hey, you know that thing Dostoyevesky wrote on gambling? It's like that. When you're surrounded by endless possibilities, one of the hardest things you can do is pass them up.
Once upon a time, you dragged a part of me into the world of the dead, and now Naoko has dragged another pat of me into that world.
Everything seems pointless since you left
Too many memories of her were crammed inside of me, and as soon as one of them found the slightest opening, the rest would force their way out in an endless stream, an unstoppable flood.
I think of you now mare than ever. It's raining today.
Not everybody is looking for a boyfriend with a sports car.
I had thought about it so often - too often, to the point where it had distorted my sense of time.
You want to know why you felt that way about me even though you didn't love me.
There was much about him that was fine and beautiful, but he could never find the confidence he needed.
I went on loving him just the same, and I could never be interested in anyone else.
No, it's not sick. I wish I could be the one to hold you, though, I said. So hold me. Now. Right here.
I miss you something awful sometimes
It's hard not being able to see you, but my life in Tokyo would be a lot worse if it weren't for you.
If you think about it, an unfair society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit.
Maybe so, but I'm not just looking up at the sky and waiting for the fruit to drop. In my own way, I'm working hard. I'm working ten times harder than you are.
In any case, though, I believe that I have not been fair to you and that, as a result, I must have led you around in circles and hurt you deeply.
It was that kind of kiss. But as with all kisses, it was not without a certain element of danger
Because sometimes I have a need for human warmth, I answered honestly. Sometimes, if I can't feel something like the warmth of a woman's skin, I get so lonely I can't stand it.
I could never tell what was going on inside the pretty heads of the girls that Naoko brought along, and they probably couldn't understand me, either.
I loved Midori. And I had probably known as much for a while. I had just been avoiding the conclusion for a very long time.
Nights without work I spent with whisky and books.
I still loved Naoko. Bent and twisted as that love might be, I did love her. Somewhere inside me, there was still preserved a broad, open space, untouched, for Naoko and no one else.
Life is here, death is over there. I am here, not over there.
I'm the scratchy stuff on the side of the matchbox. But that's fine with me. I don't mind at all. Better to be a first-class matchbox than a second-class match.