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Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Writing things was important, wasn't it? Nakata asked.'Yes, it was. The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is completely meaningless."

Writing things was important, wasn't it? Nakata asked.'Yes, it was. The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is completely meaningless.




Haruki Murakami Quotes: "If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person."

If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "I know exactly what I'm doing, but I just can't stop. That's my greatest weakness."

I know exactly what I'm doing, but I just can't stop. That's my greatest weakness.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "That's how it is with art. Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning are incapable of such writing."

That's how it is with art. Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning are incapable of such writing.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Tendencies. Yougottendencies. Soevenifyoudideverythingoveragain, yourwholelife, yougottendenciestodojustwhatyoudid, alloveragain. -The Sheep Man."

Tendencies. Yougottendencies. Soevenifyoudideverythingoveragain, yourwholelife, yougottendenciestodojustwhatyoudid, alloveragain. -The Sheep Man.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Let your body work until it is spent, but keep your mind to yourself."

Let your body work until it is spent, but keep your mind to yourself.




Haruki Murakami Quotes: "IT's not death. It's eternal life. And you get't'be yourself. Compared to that, this world isn't but a momentary fantasy. Please don't forget that."

IT's not death. It's eternal life. And you get't'be yourself. Compared to that, this world isn't but a momentary fantasy. Please don't forget that.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough."

I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "That amazing time in our lives is gone, and will never return. All the beautiful possibilities we had then have been swallowed up in the flow of time."

That amazing time in our lives is gone, and will never return. All the beautiful possibilities we had then have been swallowed up in the flow of time.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else."

A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.





Haruki Murakami Quotes: "This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: 'At the time, no one knew what was coming."

This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: 'At the time, no one knew what was coming.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Don't forget - you're the one who swam across the freezing sea at night."

Don't forget - you're the one who swam across the freezing sea at night.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person's heart."

There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person's heart.



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

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



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "I was much younger, much hungrier, much more alone. But I was myself, pared down to the essentials."

I was much younger, much hungrier, much more alone. But I was myself, pared down to the essentials.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "It's not as if our lives are simply divided into light and dark. There's a shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does."

It's not as if our lives are simply divided into light and dark. There's a shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted."

Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person."

If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories."

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



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Whenever she felt like crying, she would instead become angry—at someone else or at herself—which meant that it was rare for her to shed tears."

Whenever she felt like crying, she would instead become angry—at someone else or at herself—which meant that it was rare for her to shed tears.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Guns are like cars: you can trust a good used one better than one that's brand new."

Guns are like cars: you can trust a good used one better than one that's brand new.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Durum semolina, golden wheat wafting in Italian fields. Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was really loneliness"

Durum semolina, golden wheat wafting in Italian fields. Can you imagine how astonished the Italians would be if they knew that what they were exporting in 1971 was really loneliness



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "He decided not to ask for details. Better to avoid exposing his ignorance even further."

He decided not to ask for details. Better to avoid exposing his ignorance even further.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "...somewhere, on some subterranean level, her darkness and his may have connected."

...somewhere, on some subterranean level, her darkness and his may have connected.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "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. (from Thailand)"

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. (from Thailand)



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "It was as if my whole life revolved around trying to judge the appropriate point in a conversation to say goodbye"

It was as if my whole life revolved around trying to judge the appropriate point in a conversation to say goodbye



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "No matter what the situation may be, I still take pleasure in witnessing the joy of others."

No matter what the situation may be, I still take pleasure in witnessing the joy of others.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally."

You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Good style happens in one of two ways: the writer either has an inborn talent or is willing to work herself to death to get it."

Good style happens in one of two ways: the writer either has an inborn talent or is willing to work herself to death to get it.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "I guess time doesn't flow in order, does it - A, B, C, D? It just sort of goes where it feels like going."

I guess time doesn't flow in order, does it - A, B, C, D? It just sort of goes where it feels like going.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering."

Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Everybody thinks I'm this delicate little girl."

Everybody thinks I'm this delicate little girl.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "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."

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.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "The real world—where I probably could never be happy, and never get anywhere."

The real world—where I probably could never be happy, and never get anywhere.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "My father always told me: 'Give somebody a hand and he'll take an arm."

My father always told me: 'Give somebody a hand and he'll take an arm.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Living like an empty shell is not really living, no matter how many years it might go on"

Living like an empty shell is not really living, no matter how many years it might go on



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Civilization is communication. When that which should be expressed and transmitted is lost, civilization comes to an end."

Civilization is communication. When that which should be expressed and transmitted is lost, civilization comes to an end.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Her words didn’t have the acrid smell of death."

Her words didn’t have the acrid smell of death.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "What I want is for the two of us to meet somewhere by chance one day, like, passing on the street, or getting on the same bus."

What I want is for the two of us to meet somewhere by chance one day, like, passing on the street, or getting on the same bus.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past."

At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a single problem into another form. ... It was like a piece of paper bearing the indecipherable text of a magic spell."

The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a single problem into another form. ... It was like a piece of paper bearing the indecipherable text of a magic spell.



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

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



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "You've already decided what you're going to do, and all that's left is to set the wheels in motion. I mean, it's your life. Basically, you gotta go with what you think is right."

You've already decided what you're going to do, and all that's left is to set the wheels in motion. I mean, it's your life. Basically, you gotta go with what you think is right.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Death leaves cans of shaving cream half-used."

Death leaves cans of shaving cream half-used.



Haruki Murakami Quotes: "Reality spilled out into the alley like water from an overfilled bowl - as sound, as smell, as image, as plea, as response."

Reality spilled out into the alley like water from an overfilled bowl - as sound, as smell, as image, as plea, as response.