What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

by Haruki Murakami
Born on 12 Jan 1949

My Personality (1)

I don't think most people would like my personality. There might be a few - very few, I would imagine - who are impressed by it, but only rarely would anyone like it. Who in the world could possibly ...

Life is Unfair (2)

In other words, let's face it: Life is basically unfair. But even in a situation that's unfair, I think it's possible to seek out a kind of fairness. Of course, that might take time and effort. And m...

To Be by Myself (3)

I�m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I�m the type of person who doesn�t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, ...

Running Helps (4)

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live ...

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami


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."