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99 Haruki Murakami Quotes That Will Inspire You To Get Moving

Famous As: Writer
Born On: January 12, 1949
Born In: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Age: 74 Years

Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese author and translator whose works invoke classical music. The critics describe his writing style as ‘an easily accessible, yet profoundly complex’. Murakami is inspired by Western culture, music and literature. Since he grew up reading American writers, his works are very different from the conventional Japanese authors. He was a drama student at Tokyo’s Waseda University. After completing his education, he joined a record studio, where he got inspired to write Toru Wantabe’s character in Norwegian Wood. This is how he began his literary career. Meanwhile, he ran a coffeehouse cum evening jazz bar named ‘Peter Cat’ in Kokubunji. Since then, he has published several fiction and non-fiction books like A Wild Sheep Chase (1982), Kafka on the Shore (2002), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994-95), 1Q84 (2009-2010). He also translated the famous works of Salinger, Carver and other English authors to Japanese. Some of Murakami’s bestselling works sold millions of copies worldwide and were translated into 50 different languages. He achieved critical appreciation and numerous awards like World Fantasy Award (2006), Franz Kafka Prize (2006), Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (2006) and Jerusalem Prize (2009). His musical works are not just surrealistic but melancholic and inspiring for young authors. The Guardian named him as the greatest living novelists of postmodern literature. We have curated a collection of best quotes from Murakami’s brilliant career by combing through all of his novels and writings to get his best thoughts and quotes. Here are some of his most inspiring quotes on life, loss, and everything in between.

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

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

Haruki Murakami
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

Haruki Murakami
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Haruki Murakami
Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting.

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

Haruki Murakami
What happens when people open their hearts?

What happens when people open their hearts?" "They get better.

Haruki Murakami
If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.

If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.

Haruki Murakami
Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.

Haruki Murakami
I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.

I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.

Haruki Murakami
Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.

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

Haruki Murakami
No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.

No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.

Haruki Murakami
It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

Haruki Murakami
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.

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.

Haruki Murakami
I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?

I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?

Haruki Murakami
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.

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.

Haruki Murakami
Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars.

Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars.

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

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

Haruki Murakami
Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.

Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.

Haruki Murakami
Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.

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

Haruki Murakami
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.

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

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

Haruki Murakami
Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.

Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.

Haruki Murakami
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.

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
Don't you think it would be wonderful to get rid of everything and everybody and just go some place where you don't know a soul?

Don't you think it would be wonderful to get rid of everything and everybody and just go some place where you don't know a soul?

Haruki Murakami
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.

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.

Haruki Murakami
The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.

The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.

Haruki Murakami
Letters are just pieces of paper,

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.

Haruki Murakami
For a while

For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting.

Haruki Murakami
I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.

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

Haruki Murakami
No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.

No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.

Haruki Murakami
Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes

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

Haruki Murakami