haruki murakami.

13 Jun 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve long heard friends rave about Haruki Murakami’s books, yet never felt inclined to pick up a copy whenever I’m at the bookstore. But after stumbling across some quotes from his books…

…I think perhaps it’s time to start.

“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.”

“But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”

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

“I was always attracted not by some quantifiable, external beauty, but by something deep down, something absolute. Just as some people have a secret love for rainstorms, earthquakes, or blackouts, I liked that certain undefinable something directed my way by members of the opposite sex. For want of a better word, call it magnetism. Like it or not, it’s a kind of power that snares people and reels them in.”

“What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously.”

“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.”

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