110+ Haruki Murakami Quotes On Writing, Running And Storm

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  1. Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.
  2. I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.
  3. I probably still haven’t completely adapted to the world. I don’t know, I feel like this isn’t the real world. The people, the scene: they just don’t seem real to me.
  4. The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.
  5. Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
  6. Chance encounters are what keep us going.
  7. I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it -- to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once.
  8. If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
  9. 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.
  10. I happen to like the strange ones. People who look normal and leads normal lives - they're the ones you have to watch out for.

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A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do. — Haruki Murakami

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You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. — Haruki Murakami

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Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Short Quotes

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  • A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do.
  • What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal.
  • Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.
  • I'm all alone, but I'm not lonely.
  • As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around.
  • Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that.
  • Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language.
  • Please remember: things are not what they seem.
  • If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.
  • If you're in pitch blackness, all you can do is sit tight until your eyes get used to the dark.
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Haruki Murakami Quotes On Life

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And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. 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

Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? — Haruki Murakami

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. — Haruki Murakami

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time. — Haruki Murakami

I don't care what you do to me, but I don't want you to hurt me. I've had enough hurt already in my life. More than enough. Now I want to be happy. — Haruki Murakami

Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. — Haruki Murakami

Sometimes when I think of life, I feel like a piece of driftwood washed up on shore. — Haruki Murakami

The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now — Haruki Murakami

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Love

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Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything. — Haruki Murakami


Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself — Haruki Murakami

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

Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock 'n' roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights. — Haruki Murakami

Find me now. Before someone else does. — Haruki Murakami

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning. — Haruki Murakami

People fall in love without reason, without even wanting to. You can't predict it. That's love. — Haruki Murakami

Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink. — Haruki Murakami

When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it. — Haruki Murakami

What do you think? I'm not a starfish or a pepper tree. I'm a living, breathing human being. Of course I've been in love. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Writing

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I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished. — Haruki Murakami

My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories are like guideposts to my heart. — Haruki Murakami

If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden. — Haruki Murakami

There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair. — Haruki Murakami

I have no idea! I have been writing for 35 years and from the beginning up to now the situation's almost the same. I'm kind of an ugly duckling. Always the duckling, never the swan. — Haruki Murakami

Before I became a writer, I was running a jazz bar in the center of Tokyo, which means that I worked in filthy air all the time late into the night. I was very excited when I started making a living out of my writing, and I decided, 'I will live in nothing but an absolutely healthy way.' — Haruki Murakami

Which is why I am writing this book. To think. To understand. It just happens to be the way I'm made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them. — Haruki Murakami

When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly. — Haruki Murakami

I closed my own jazz bar so I could be a man who can write novels as I like. I was pleased about that. This pleasure was connected to the pleasure of writing. — Haruki Murakami

It was as if I were writing letters to hold together the pieces of my crumbling life. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Running

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I don't know, there's something about you. Say there's an hourglass: the sand's about to run out. Someone like you can always be counted on to turn the thing over. — Haruki Murakami

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be. — Haruki Murakami

Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — Haruki Murakami

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 longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. — Haruki Murakami

All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says. — Haruki Murakami

If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe #‎ running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life. — Haruki Murakami

Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. — Haruki Murakami

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself. — Haruki Murakami

Deep rivers run quiet. — Haruki Murakami

Exerting yourself to the limit over and over again, that is the essence of running. Running is painful, but the pain doesn't leave me, I can take care of it. That agrees with my mentality. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Memories

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You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. — Haruki Murakami

Here, too, a brand-new day is beginning. It could be a day like all the others, or it could be a day remarkable enough in many ways to remain in the memory. In either case, for now, for most people, it is a blank sheet of paper. — Haruki Murakami

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

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. — Haruki Murakami

What if I’ve forgotten the most important thing? What if somewhere inside me there is a dark limbo where all the truly important memories are heaped and slowly turning into mud?...the thought fills me with an almost unbearable sorrow. — Haruki Murakami

Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade. — Haruki Murakami

No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories. — Haruki Murakami

Memory is so crazy! It's like we've got these drawers crammed with tons of useless stuff. Meanwhile, all the really important things we just keep forgetting, one after the other. — Haruki Murakami

Our memory is made up of our individual memories and our collective memories. The two are intimately linked. And history is our collective memory. If our collective memory is taken from us - is rewritten - we lose the ability to sustain our true selves. — Haruki Murakami

People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Change

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Now all you can do is wait. It must be hard for you, but there is a right time for everything. Like the ebb and flow of tides. No one can do anything to change them. When it is time to wait, you must wait. — Haruki Murakami

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. — Haruki Murakami

Sometimes it's not the people who change, it's the mask that falls off. — Haruki Murakami

Between the time the last train leaves and the first train arrives, the place changes: it's not the same as in daytime. — Haruki Murakami

But intolerant,narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host,change form,and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause, and I don't want anyone like that coming in here. — Haruki Murakami

No matter where i go, i still end up me. What's missing never changes. The scenery may change, but i'm still the same incomplete person. The same missing elements torture me with a hunger that i can never satisfy. I think that lack itself is as close as i'll come to defining myself. — Haruki Murakami

Mountains, according to the angle of view, the season, the time of day, the beholder's frame of mind, or any one thing, can effectively change their appearance. Thus, it is essential to recognize that we can never know more than one side, one small aspect of a mountain. — Haruki Murakami

I couldn't tell wether the hole that opened up inside me was from missing you or from the change of season — Haruki Murakami

Learning another language is like becoming another person. — Haruki Murakami

I can't build a simple shelf. I have no idea how to change an oil filter on a car. I can't even stick a stamp on an envelope straight. And I'm always dialling the wrong number. But I have come up with a few original cocktails that people seem to like. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Live

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It's because of you when I'm in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day. — Haruki Murakami

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

Start making excuses and there's no end to it. I can't live that kind of life. — Haruki Murakami

I'm going to take you out of here ... I'm going to take you home, to the world where you belong, where cats with bent tails live, and there are little backyards, and alarm clocks ring in the morning. — Haruki Murakami

Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. Which is where religion comes from. — Haruki Murakami

This is what it means to live on. When granted hope, a person uses it as fuel, as a guidepost to life. It is impossible to live without hope. — Haruki Murakami

What I feel for her is a wholly different emotion. It stands and walks on its own, living and breathing and throbbing and shaking me to the roots of my being. — Haruki Murakami

She lived frugally, but her meals were the only things on which she deliberately spent her money. She never compromised on the quality of her groceries, and drank only good-quality wines. — Haruki Murakami

We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once that flame goes out, it’s gone forever. — Haruki Murakami

You live by yourself for a stretch of time and you get to staring at different objects. Sometimes you talk to yourself. You take meals in crowded joints. You develop an intimate relationship with your used Subaru. You slowly but surely become a has-been. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On People

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She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, "I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while. — Haruki Murakami

Everyone who has something is afraid of losing it, and people with nothing are worried they'll forever have nothing. Everyone is the same. — Haruki Murakami

I don't know -- maybe the world has two different kinds of people, and for one kind the world is this completely logical, rice pudding place, and for the other it's all hit-or-miss macaroni gratin. — Haruki Murakami

What happens when people open their hearts?"... "They get better. — Haruki Murakami

Isn't life strange? There are people who have so many leftover clothes they can't stuff them all in their wardrobe. And then there are people like me, whose socks never match. — Haruki Murakami

Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual. — Haruki Murakami

Gays, lesbians, straights, feminists, fascist pigs, communists, Hare Krishnas - none of them bother me. I don't care what banner they raise. But what I can't stand are hollow people. When I'm with them I just can't bare it, and wind up saying things I shouldn't. — Haruki Murakami

People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you might strike out, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That's what can move the world. That's art. — Haruki Murakami

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but the world is made up of all kinds of people. — Haruki Murakami

I think people who share my dreams can enjoy reading my novels. And that's a wonderful thing. I said that myths are like a reservoir of stories, and if I can act as a similar kind of "reservoir," albeit a modest one, that would make me very happy. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On World

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What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things. — Haruki Murakami

There is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for. — Haruki Murakami

Maybe working on the little things as dutifully and honestly as we can is how we stay sane when the world is falling apart. — Haruki Murakami

I learned that realism can come in all shapes and sizes. The world is big enough for different values to coexist. — Haruki Murakami

You know what I'd really like to do the most right now? Climb up to the top of some high place like the pyramids. The highest place I can find. Where you can see forever. Stand on the very top, look all around the world, see all the scenery, and see with my own eyes what's been lost from the world. — Haruki Murakami

When I was little, I had this science book. There was a section on 'What would happen to the world if there was no friction?' Answer: 'Everything on earth would fly into space from the centrifugal force of revolution.' That was my mood. — Haruki Murakami

This was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets, like an antique clock built when peace filled the world. — Haruki Murakami

I am here, alone, at the end of the world. I reach out and touch nothing.”. — Haruki Murakami

Constipation was one of the things she hated most in the world, on par with despicable men who commit domestic violence and narrow-minded religious fundamentalists. — Haruki Murakami

I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Morning

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Never let the darkness or negativity outside affect your inner self. Just wait until morning comes and the bright light will drown out the darkness. — Haruki Murakami

A deserted library in the morning - there's something about it that really gets to me. All possible words and ideas are there, resting peacefully. — Haruki Murakami

Colours shone with exceptional clarity in the rain. The ground was a deep black, the pine branches a brilliant green, the people wrapped in yellow looking like special spirits that were allowed to wander over the earth on rainy mornings only. — Haruki Murakami

Potentiality knocks on the door of my heart. [On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning ] — Haruki Murakami

The light of morning decomposes everything. — Haruki Murakami

I generally concentrate on work for three or four hours every morning. I sit at my desk and focus totally on what I’m writing. I don’t see anything else, I don’t think about anything else. — Haruki Murakami

It was a short one-paragraph item in the morning edition. — Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Famous Quotes And Sayings

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One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony. — Haruki Murakami

This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time. — Haruki Murakami

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You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them. — Haruki Murakami

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Be fearless, be brave, be bold, love yourself — Haruki Murakami

You’re optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does. — Haruki Murakami

An expectation was there, mixed in with so many other emotions - excitement, resignation, hesitation, confusion, fear - that would well up then wither on the vine. You're optimistic one moment, only to be racked the next by the certainty that it will all fall to pieces. And in the end it does. — Haruki Murakami

Sometimes you’re just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one. — Haruki Murakami

As I see it, you are living with something that you keep hidden deep inside. Something heavy. I felt it from the first time I met you. You have a strong gaze, as if you have made up your mind about something. To tell you the truth, I myself carry such things around inside. Heavy things. That is how I can see it in you. — Haruki Murakami

My very existence, my life in the world, seemed like a hallucination. A strong wind would make me think my body was about to be blown to the end of the earth, to some land I had never seen or heard of, where my mind and body would separate forever. “Hold tight,” I would tell myself, but there was nothing for me to hold on to. — Haruki Murakami

Everybody has to start somewhere. You have your whole future ahead of you. Perfection doesn't happen right away. — Haruki Murakami

A certain something, he felt, had managed to work its way in through a tiny opening and was trying to fill a blank space inside him. The void was not one that she had made. It had always been there inside him. She had merely managed to shine a special light on it. — Haruki Murakami

I have this strange feeling that I'm not myself anymore. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling. — Haruki Murakami

It's hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart. — Haruki Murakami

All over the world people have developed their own ideas about what's right and wrong in life, but so long as you aren't harming others or the Earth, it's your choice when you decide how you want to live your life - Yours and yours alone. Life's no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe's my own to fool with. — Haruki Murakami

Such wounds to the heart will probably never heal. But we cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever. — Haruki Murakami

Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That’s it. That’s my heart. — Haruki Murakami

As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves. — Haruki Murakami

Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them. — Haruki Murakami

The strength I'm looking for isn't the type where you win or lose. I'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. What I want us the kind of strength to be able to absorb that kind of power, to stand up to it.The strength to quietly endure things - unfairness, misfortunes, sadness, mistakes, misunderstandings. — Haruki Murakami

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment. — Haruki Murakami

Were the stars out when I left the house last evening? All I could remember was the couple in the Skyline listening to Duran Duran. Stars? Who remembers stars? Come to think of it, had I even looked up at the sky recently? Had the stars been wiped out of the sky three months ago, I wouldn’t have known. — Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you. — Haruki Murakami

I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong. — Haruki Murakami

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story. — Haruki Murakami

Will you wait for me forever? — Haruki Murakami

Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear. — Haruki Murakami

Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe. — Haruki Murakami

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays. — Haruki Murakami

Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting. — Haruki Murakami

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night. — Haruki Murakami

She's letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you're in big trouble. — Haruki Murakami

I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this? — Haruki Murakami

I wonder what ants do on rainy days? — Haruki Murakami

Something in her small eyes caught the sunlight and glistened, like a glacier on the faraway face of a mountain. — Haruki Murakami

Inside that darkness, i saw rain falling on the sea. Rain softly falling on a vast sea, with no one there to see it. The rain strikes the surface of the sea, yet even the fish don't know it is raining. — Haruki Murakami

I was confident that I was a special person. But time slowly chips away at life. People don't just die when their time comes. They gradually die away, from the inside. And finally the day comes when you have to settle accounts. Nobody can escape it. People have to pay the price for what they've received. I have only just learned that truth. — Haruki Murakami

The journey I'm taking is inside me. Just like blood travels down veins, what I'm seeing is my inner self and what seems threatening is just the echo of the fear in my heart. — Haruki Murakami

One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds — Haruki Murakami

Life is not like water. Things in life don't necessarily flow over the shortest possible route. — Haruki Murakami

Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice. — Haruki Murakami

Nothing so consumes a person as meaningless exertion — Haruki Murakami

An unhealthy soul requires a healthy body. — Haruki Murakami

Irrepressible curiosity vied with an instinctive fear. — Haruki Murakami

Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit. — Haruki Murakami

Life Lessons by Haruki Murakami

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  1. Haruki Murakami's writing emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and understanding one's inner struggles. He encourages readers to take risks and explore the unknown, as well as to find ways to appreciate the beauty of life in the face of adversity.
  2. Murakami's works also emphasize the importance of perseverance and resilience, as his characters often face difficult challenges and find strength to overcome them.
  3. His writing also emphasizes the importance of connection and relationships, as his characters often find solace and comfort in the company of others.

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