29+ quotes from After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

Quotes from After the Quake

Haruki Murakami ·  147 pages

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“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“When the fire goes out, you'll start feeling the cold. You'll wake up whether you want to or not.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of the darkness inside me.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“He once told me about polar bears - what solitary animals they are. They mate just once a year. One time in a whole year. There is no such thing as a lasting male-female bond in their world. One male polar bear and one female polar bear meet by sheer chance somewhere in the frozen vastness, and they mate. It doesn't take long. And once they are finished, the male runs away from the female as if he is frightened to death: he runs from the place where they have mated. He never looks back - literally. The rest of the year he lives in deep solitude. Mutual communications - the touching of two hearts - do not exist for them. So, that is the story of polar bears - or at least it is what my employer told me about them.'

How very strange.'

Yes, it is strange. I remember asking my employer, ' Then what do polar bears exist for?' ' Yes, exactly,' he said with a big smile. 'Then what do we exist for?”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“The whole terrible fight occured in the area of imagination. That is the precise location of our battlefield. It is there, that we experience our victories and defeats.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“It's just a feeling I have. What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real. My enemy is, among other things, the me inside me.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. It’s like your shadow. It follows you everywhere. -Komura”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“Our hearts are not stones. A stone may disintegrate in time and lose its outward form. But hearts never disintegrate. They have no outward form, and whether good or evil, we can always communicate them to one another.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“It's not right for one friend to do all the giving and the other to do all the taking: that's not read friendship.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“Strange and mysterious things, though, aren't they - earthquakes? We take it for granted that the earth beneath our feet is solid and stationary. We even talk about people being 'down to earth' or having their feet firmly planted on the ground. But suddenly one day we see that it isn't true. The earth, the boulders, that are supposed to be solid, all of a sudden turn as mushy as liquid - From the short story "Thailand”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“Don't tell me anymore. You should have your dream, as the old woman told you to. I understand how you feel, but if you put those feelings into words they will turn into lies. (from Thailand)”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“A fire can be any shape it wants to be. It's free. So it can look like anything at all, depending on what's inside the person looking at it. If you get this deep, quiet kind of feeling when you look at a fire, that's because it's showing you the deep, quiet kind of feeling you have inside yourself...”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“Have your dream...What you need now more than anything is discipline. Cast off mere words. Words turn into stone. (from Thailand)”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“You are a beautiful person, Doctor. Clearheaded. Strong. But you seem always to be dragging your heart along the ground. From now on, little by little, you must prepare yourself to face death. If you devote all of your future energy to living, you will not be able to die well. You must begin to shift gears, a little at a time. Living and dying are, in a sense, of equal value."--Nimit in "Thailand”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“I spent thirty-three years in another man's shadow. I went everywhere he went, I helped him with everything he did. I was in a sense a part of him. When you live like that for a long time, you gradually lose track of what it is you yourself really want out of life”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“From now on, little by little, you must prepare yourself to face death. If you devote all of your future energy to living, you will not be able to die well. You must begin to shift gears, a little at a time. Living and dying are, in a sense, of equal value.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“I want to write stories that are different from the ones I've written so far, Junpei thought: I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love. But right now I have to stay here and keep watch over this woman and this girl. I will never let anyone-not anyone-try to put them into that crazy box- not even if the sky should fall or the earth crack open with a roar.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“He would eventually have to pass through the forest, but he felt no fear. Of course - the forest was inside him, he knew, and it made him who he was.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“I just gave them a little scare. A touch of psychological terror. As Joseph Conrad once wrote, true terror is the kind that men feel towards their imagination. (from Super-frog Saves Tokyo)”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“The world is full of incomprehensible words”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“You know something?" she said.
"What?"
"I'm completely empty."
"Yeah?"
"Yeah.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“To understand something and to put that something into a form that you can see with your own eyes are two completely different things. If you could manage to do both equally well, living would be a lot simpler (from Honey Pie)”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“Opera lovers may be the narrowest people in the world.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“It's kind of embarrassing to put this into words," she said, "but I want to stay friends with you, Junpei. Not just for now, but even after we get older. A lot older. I love Takatsuki, but I need you, too, in a different way. Does that make me selfish?”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“What was I hoping to gain from this?...Was I trying to confirm the ties that make it possible for me to exist here and now. Was I hoping to be woven into some new plot, to be given some new and better defined role to play? No, he thought, that's not it. What I was chasing in circles must have been the tail of darkness inside me. I just happened to catch sight of it, and followed it, and clung to it, and in the end let it fly into still deeper darkness. I'm sure I'll never see it again.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“There's nothing at all in here," she said much later, her voice hoarse. "I'm cleaned out. Empty.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


“This life is nothing but a short, painful dream.”
― Haruki Murakami, quote from After the Quake


About the author

Haruki Murakami
Born place: in Kyoto, Japan
Born date January 12, 1949
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