Quotes From "Kafka On The Shore" By Haruki Murakami

If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone...
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If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets. Haruki Murakami
Being with her I feel a pain, like a frozen...
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Being with her I feel a pain, like a frozen knife stuck in my chest. An awful pain, but the funny thing is I'm thankful for it. It's like that frozen pain and my very existence are one. Haruki Murakami
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Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone. Haruki Murakami
Love can rebuild the world, they say, so everything's possible...
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Love can rebuild the world, they say, so everything's possible when it comes to love. Haruki Murakami
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Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart. Haruki Murakami
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Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you'll live forever in your own private library. . Haruki Murakami
Every one of us is losing something precious to us....
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Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. Haruki Murakami
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In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive. Haruki Murakami
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When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. Haruki Murakami
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Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence. Haruki Murakami
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The sense of tragedy - according to Aristotle - comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist's weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I'm getting at? People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues....[ But] we accept irony through a device called metaphor. And through that we grow and become deeper human beings. Haruki Murakami
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That’s how stories happen – with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. Haruki Murakami
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People soon get tired of things that aren't boring, but not of what is boring. Haruki Murakami
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I don’t know what it means to live. Haruki Murakami
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Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won't be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there- to the edge of the world. There's something you can't do unless you get there. Haruki Murakami
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According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend there were three types of people. In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types : male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangment and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half. Haruki Murakami
It's easy to forget things you don't need anymore.
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It's easy to forget things you don't need anymore. Haruki Murakami
When someone is trying very hard to get something, they...
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When someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them. Haruki Murakami
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If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it. Haruki Murakami
Writing things was important, wasn't it? Nakata asked.' Yes, it...
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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