Haruki Murakami Quotes

Born January 12, 1949

Who the Hell is Haruki Murakami?

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author known for Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84.

Best Quotes by Haruki Murakami

“Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won't make time stand still.”

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore

“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”

Haruki Murakami
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

“Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.”

Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood

“Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”

Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood

“I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.”

Haruki Murakami
1Q84

“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
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood

“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”

Haruki Murakami
After the Quake

“No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. ”

Haruki Murakami
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

“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
Kafka on the Shore

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”

Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.”

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore

“The fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.”

Haruki Murakami
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.”

Haruki Murakami
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

“Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes.”

Haruki Murakami
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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

Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance

“What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.”

Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance

“Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.”

Haruki Murakami