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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

13 quotesabout love that only Haruki Murakami could've written

As Valentine's Day approaches, you'll soon start to see a great divide in the people around us. There will be those who celebrate the day and throw themselves into the festivities and ideas of love and gifts and eating out at fancy places. Then there will be those who oppose a socially constructed, capitalist-driven holiday that seeks to profit off the idea of love. But, perhaps most common, yet the least vocal, are the people who fall somewhere in the middle... people who want to celebrate a holiday that they know is stupid because it feels OK to be stupid if it's with someone else. At the end of the day, most of us are lonely.

Few writers capture the complexity of life and love as well as Haruki Murakami. Through his stories he shows us characters who desperately want love, characters who never think about love, characters who love someone who will never love them back, characters who don't know how to love, and characters who are loved but feel nothing about it.

Regardless of where you fall on Valentine's Day, or whether you relate specifically to any of Murakami's characters, his quotes on love are worth thinking about. Below are 13 of his finest quotes, of which at least one will cause you to pause for a moment.

1“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.”
– Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

2“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

3“Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.”
– Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

4“You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.”
– Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

5“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

6“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”
— Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

7“Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.”
– Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

8“Sometimes I feel like a caretaker of a museum — a huge, empty museum where no one ever comes, and I’m watching over it for no one but myself.”
- Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

9“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.”
– Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

10“But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drink, the very air I breathe, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take on the threatening metallic gleam of razor blades. I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o’clock in the morning.”
– Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

11“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.”
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

12“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
– Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

13“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

(Source: Bustle)

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