Haruki Murakami

Born on 12 Jan 1949

To Be by Myself

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, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I�ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.

Haruki Murakami, in 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running'
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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."