Life is a circus, and, in the midst of all the chaos and confusion hits the occasional dose of clarity, when it all seems to blend together seamlessly. You see a picture, you go to a new place, or you read a few words, and out of nowhere, you get this “Aha!” moment. As if that inexplicable feeling squirming inside of you, desperate to come out in a meaningful form, has suddenly found artistic expression. As if your mind is being read, and somebody put pen to paper and ascribed words to your deepest feelings and emotions. The best of the writers do just that.
It is at once an unnerving and a great feeling, in that, you feel somebody, somewhere has gone through what you’ve gone through and knows exactly how you feel. You feel understood, accepted and strangely, not alone anymore.
Haruki Murakami, in his own way, touches the very core of our being through his wizardry of words. A highly renowned writer, his words speak directly to one’s heart. Here is a list of the best Haruki Murakami quotes from the finest of his works for the nourishment of your parched soul.
#1. Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.
#2. 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.
#3. Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes.
#4. What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.
#5. Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star. It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist
#6. No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.
#7. As we go through life, we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover the more we lose ourselves.
#8. 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.
#9. We could face each other over coffee cups in total silence.
#10. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about.
#11. Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.
#12. 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.
#13. Whatever it is you are seeking, won’t come in the form you are expecting.
#14. In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.
#15. If you really want to know something, you have to be willing to pay the price.
#16. For a long time, she held a special place in my heart. I kept this special place just for her, like a “Reserved” sign on a quiet corner table in a restaurant. Despite the fact that I was sure I’d never see her again.
#17. 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.
#18. 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.
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