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Top Quotes from Haruki Murakami

Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most.

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If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.

Haruki Murakami

I’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people’s support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.

Haruki Murakami

Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away. If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful.

Haruki Murakami

Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together on the deepest level. When I write a novel, I go into such depths.

Haruki Murakami

I have always liked running, so it wasn’t particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic.

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I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.

Haruki Murakami

If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language.

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Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.

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When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.

Haruki Murakami

When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.

Haruki Murakami

My heroes don’t have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don’t know how, so they talk to themselves.

Haruki Murakami

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

I collect records. And cats. I don’t have any cats right now. But if I’m taking a walk and I see a cat, I’m happy.

Haruki Murakami

Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.

Haruki Murakami

I’m kind of a big kettle. It takes time to get boiled, but then I’m always hot.

Haruki Murakami

Every day I go to my study and sit at my desk and put the computer on. At that moment, I have to open the door. It’s a big, heavy door. You have to go into the Other Room. Metaphorically, of course. And you have to come back to this side of the room. And you have to shut the door.

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Most near-future fictions are boring. It’s always dark and always raining, and people are so unhappy.

Haruki Murakami

I’ve been running a full marathon every year for more than 20 years, and my record is getting worse. Getting older, getting worse. It’s natural.

Haruki Murakami

Whenever I write a novel, I have a strong sense that I am doing something I was unable to do before. With each new work, I move up a step and discover something new inside me.

Haruki Murakami

I think history is collective memories. In writing, I’m using my own memory, and I’m using my collective memory.

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You have to be practical. So every time I say, if you want to write a novel you have to be practical, people get bored. They are disappointed. They are expecting a more dynamic, creative, artistic thing to say. What I want to say is: you have to be practical.

Haruki Murakami

I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you’d quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured.

Haruki Murakami

I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way.

Haruki Murakami

My priority is my books, at least at this point. What I have to do is write the narrative of this time.

Haruki Murakami

There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.

Haruki Murakami

I started writing at the kitchen table after midnight. It took ten months to finish that first book; I sent it to a publisher and I got some kind of prize, so it was like a dream – I was surprised to find it happening.

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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.

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You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you.

Haruki Murakami

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

Haruki Murakami

I didn’t want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that’s a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I’m proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.

Haruki Murakami

It is hard to be an individual in Japan.

Haruki Murakami

In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.

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If you cannot concentrate, you are not so happy.

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I don’t get bored.

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I’m not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years.

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I don’t think of myself as an artist. I’m just a guy who can write.

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It’s physical. If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place you have to be strong physically. That is a very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong.

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Writing is fun – at least mostly. I write for four hours every day. After that I go running. As a rule, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). That’s easy to manage.

Haruki Murakami

A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime.

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I don’t know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five.

Haruki Murakami

Team sports aren’t my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don’t need a partner to go running, you don’t need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.

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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

I just wanted to write something about running, but I realized that to write about my running is to write about my writing. It’s a parallel thing in me.

Haruki Murakami

I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.

Haruki Murakami

You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.

Haruki Murakami

I didn’t read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.

Haruki Murakami

Confidence, as a teenager? Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I loved cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I knew what I loved.

Haruki Murakami

You know, if you are kind of rich, the best thing is that you don’t have to think about money. The best thing you can buy with money is freedom, time. I don’t know how much I earn a year. I have no idea. I don’t know how much I pay in taxes.

Haruki Murakami

I like to read books. I like to listen to music.

Haruki Murakami

Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don’t think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside.

Haruki Murakami

When I was a teenager, I thought how great it would be if only I could write novels in English. I had the feeling that I would be able to express my emotions so much more directly than if I wrote in Japanese.

Haruki Murakami

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work.

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