Haruki Murakami

Born on 12 Jan 1949


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People whose freedom is taken away always end up hating somebody.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
There are lots of things we never understand, no matter how many years we put on, no matter how much experience we accumulate.

The Elephant Vanishes
A person's destiny is something you look back at afterwards, not something to be known in advance.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
It is the same with anything - you have to learn through your own experience, paying your own way. You can't learn it from a book.

Sputnik Sweetheart
Give yourself five minutes to consider how you can turn a miserable situation to your benefit and that light bulb is going to click on.

Dance Dance Dance
Time is too conceptual. Not that it stops us from filling it in. So much so, we can't even tell whether our experiences belong to time or to the world of physical things.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Time really is one big continuous cloth, no? We habitually cut out pieces of time to fit us, so we tend to fool ourselves into thinking that time is our size, but it really goes on and on.

A Wild Sheep Chase
Writers have to keep on writing if they want to mature, like caterpillars endlessly chewing on leaves.

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

Kafka on the Shore
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."