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Haruki Murakami

He sometimes wondered if she had become involved with him just so that she could cry in someone’s arms. Maybe she can’t cry alone, and that’s why she needs me. ― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. (Knopf; First Edition edition August 29, 2006)

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Haruki Murakami

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 any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything. ― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

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… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

I’m the lonely voyager standing on the deck and she is the sea. The sky is a blanket of gray, merging with the gray sea east of the horizon. It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky. Between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart. —Haruki Murakami, Kafka on… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Shūichi Yoshida

There are too many people in the world like you, Yoshio said. Too many people who don’t have anyone they care about. Who think if they don’t love anyone else then they’re free to do whatever they want. They think they have nothing to lose, and that makes them stronger. If you have nothing to… Continue reading Shūichi Yoshida

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