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.— Haruki Murakami
Massive Norwegian Wood quotations
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by.
The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
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.
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.
Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that.
What happens when people open their hearts?"... "They get better.
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.
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.
If you're in pitch blackness, all you can do is sit tight until your eyes get used to the dark.
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.
Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.
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.
When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it.
I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?
Letters are just pieces of paper," I said.
"Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.
What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously.
People are strange when you're a stranger.
I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.
There's no war that will end all wars.
I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.
Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
I work through teams. It’s the only way I know how to work.
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.