The Best Haruki Murakami quotes

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Haruki Murakami is a Japanese novelist and short story writer, known for his unique storytelling style. He is the author of several books including Norwegian Wood, 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. His most recent book was published in 2013: Killing Commendatore.
Murakami’s writing has been translated into many languages including English, French, German, Portuguese and Dutch to name a few. In 2006 he won the Jerusalem Prize for literature among other awards.
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About Haruki Murakami

birth of the author

January 12, 1949

occupation of the author

Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Essayist, Translator

country of the author


college of the author

Alma Mater:
Waseda University

genre of the author

Fiction, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Postmodernism, Bildungsroman, Picaresque, Realism

award of the author

Notable Works:
Norwegian Wood


Life is here, death is over there. I am here, not over there. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Everything in life is a metaphor. โ€” Haruki Murakami

You can see a person’s whole life in the cancer they get. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Another person’s life is that person’s life. You can’t take responsibility. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life. โ€” Haruki Murakami

In the end, like so many beautiful promises in our lives, that dinner date never came to be. โ€” Haruki Murakami

No one could say how long that life would last. Whatever has form can disappear in an instant. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Life is like a box of cookies. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most. โ€” Haruki Murakami

In his own way, he’s lived life with all the intensity he could muster. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Life might just be an absurd, even crude, chain of events and nothing more. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Things pass us by. Nobody can catch them. That’s the way we live our lives. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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In traveling, a companion, in life, compassion. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route. โ€” Haruki Murakami


Everything, everything seemed onceโ€“uponโ€“aโ€“time. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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


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Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Spending plenty of time on something can be the most sophisticated form of revenge. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays. โ€” Haruki Murakami

The world is full of ways and means to waste time. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane. โ€” Haruki Murakami

This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: ‘At the time, no one knew what was coming. โ€” Haruki Murakami

i m kind of a big kettle it takes time to get boiled but then i m always hot Haruki Murakami quote

If you want everything to be nice and straight all the time, then go live in a world made with a triungular ruler. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I may not look it, but I can be a very patient guy. And killing time is one of my specialities. โ€” Haruki Murakami

A friend to kill time is a friend sublime. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I’m me, and at the same time not me. That’s what it felt like. A very still, quiet feeling. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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His heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small restless body. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

In the spring of her twentyโ€“second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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The heart apparently doesn’t stop that easily. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Kids’ hearts are malleable, but once they gel it’s hard to get them back the way they were. โ€” Haruki Murakami

There is nothing in this world that never takes a step outside a person’s heart. โ€” Haruki Murakami

What happens when people open their hearts?’ ‘They get better. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Everytime you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That’s it. That’s my heart. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I’m a coward when it comes to matters of the heart. That is my fatal flaw. โ€” Haruki Murakami

The faintest gleam of their lost memories glimmered for the briefest moment in their hearts. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

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

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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. โ€” 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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Tengo could hardly believe itโ€“โ€“that in this frantic, labyrinthโ€“like world, two people’s heartsโ€“โ€“a boy’s and a girl’sโ€“โ€“could be connected, unchanged, even though they hadn’t seen each other for twenty years. โ€” Haruki Murakami

You said you’re going far away,’ Tamaru said. ‘How far away are we talking about?’ ‘It’s a distance that can’t be measured.’ ‘Like the distance that separates one person’s heart from another’s. โ€” Haruki Murakami


But what seems like a reasonable distance to one person might feel too far to somebody else. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I have to wrIte thIngs down to feel I fully comprehend them. โ€” Haruki Murakami

People leave traces of themselves where they feel most comfortable, most worthwhile. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I don’t know a whole lot about symbolism. There seems to me to be a potential danger in symbolism. I feel more comfortable with metaphors and similes. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I am worrying about my country. I feel I have a responsibility as a novelist to do something. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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It just happens to be the way that I’m made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I’m not human. I’m a piece of machinery. I don’t need to feel a thing. Just forge on ahead. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I feel like a caretaker of a museumโ€“โ€“a huge, empty museum where no one ever comes, and I’m watching over it for no one but myself. โ€” Haruki Murakami

When it’s raining like this,’ said Naoko, ‘it feels as if we’re the only ones in the world. I wish it would just keep raining so the three of us could stay together. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Each person feels pain in his own way, each has his own scars. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Whether it’s good for anything or not, cool or totally uncool, in the final analysis what’s most important is what you can’t see but can feel in your heart. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

It feels good to think about you when I’m warm in bed. I feel as if you’re curled up there beside me, fast asleep. And I think how great it would be if it were true. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Judging the mistakes of strangers is an easy thing to doโ€“and it feels pretty good. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I feel as if I’m racing with my own shadow, Korogi says. But that’s one thing I’ll never be able to outrun. Nobody can shake off their own shadow. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I didn’t feel like I was in my own body; my body was just a lonely, temporary container I happened to be borrowing. โ€” Haruki Murakami


Love and used Subarus were two different things. Weren’t they? โ€” Haruki Murakami

Love can rebuild the world, they say, so everything’s possible when it comes to love. โ€” Haruki Murakami

For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesn’t begin at all. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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Love with complications. Scenery was the last thing on my mind. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Sometimes I think I’ve got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it. I doubt if I can really love anybody. โ€” Haruki Murakami

People fall in love without reason, without even wanting to. You can’t predict it. That’s love. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I love pop cultureโ€“โ€“the Rolling Stones, the Doors, David Lynch, things like that. That’s why I said I don’t like elitism. โ€” Haruki Murakami

How much do you love me?’ Midori asked. ‘Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter,’ I said. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of itโ€“โ€“to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it. That’s what I think. It’s just a form of sincerity. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Losing you is most difficult for me, but the nature of my love for you is what matters. If it distorts into halfโ€“truth, then perhaps it is better not to love you. I must keep my mind but loose you. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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The dead will always be dead, but we have to go on living. โ€” Haruki Murakami

We were young, and we had no need for prophecies. Just living was itself an act of prophecy. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of it. By living our lives, we nurture death. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I realize full well how hard it must be to go on living alone in a place from which someone has left you, but there is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Where I’m living is not a storybook world. It’s the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I had my jazz club and I had enough money. So I didn’t have to write for my living. โ€” Haruki Murakami

She was hearing everything that went on in his heart, like a person who can trace a map with his fingertip and conjure up vivid, living scenery. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I’d made it back to the land of the living. No matter how boring or mediocre a world it might be, this was it. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Autumn finally arrived. And when it did, I came to a decision. Something had to give: I couldn’t keep on living like this. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair. โ€” Haruki Murakami


There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Generally, people who are good at writing letters have no need to write letters. They’ve got plenty of life to lead inside their own context. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I never made any plan before writing, however I succeeded. I enjoyed writing with excitement ,’what happen on the next page? โ€” 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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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I never plan. I never know what the next page is going to be….. But that’s the fun of writing a novel or a story, because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I think history is collective memories. In writing, I’m using my own memory, and I’m using my collective memory. โ€” Haruki Murakami

The good thing about writing book is that you can dream while you are awake. โ€” Haruki Murakami

I’m not a fast reader. I like to linger over each sentence, enjoying the style. If I don’t enjoy the writing, I stop. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

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Writers have to keep on writing if they want to mature, like caterpillars endlessly chewing on leaves. โ€” Haruki Murakami

Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity. โ€” 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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

You could be anybody when you’re writing. That’s the reason that I’m writing: to be anybody. You can put your feet in various shoes and experience anything. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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

Perhaps I’m just too painstaking a type of person, but I can’t grasp much of anything without putting down my thoughts in writing. โ€” Haruki Murakami

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