30 Haruki Murakami Quotes: Insights on Love and Life

30 haruki murakami quotes insights on love and life

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949. Prior to his success as an author, he was a businessman who ran a coffee house and jazz bar. At age 29, he started writing fiction. His first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, was published in 1979. This marked the beginning of his prolific and successful writing career.

The success of his debut work encouraged him to write another, Pinball, 1973. His third novel, A Wild Sheep Chase, was well-received by readers and critics alike. It was, however, his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood that brought him national, and later international success. It sold millions of copies, cementing the commercial success of his work.

His collective works in literature throughout the years, most of which are widely praised, has since made Murakami a reputable figure. In 2015, he was named one of the TIME 100’s most influential people. The author has also received awards for his writing, such as the World Fantasy Award and Franz Kafka Prize, among others.

The author was never a fan of the fame that came with his success. The widespread attention he received led to his departure from Japan years ago. In 2018, he had a nomination for the New Academy Prize in Literature, though he requested for it to be withdrawn to avoid media attention. True enough, his solid dedication to his work gives further integrity to the kind of ingenuity he shares with the world.

Here are 30 Haruki Murakami quotes that may help you better see and feel.

Haruki Murakami Quotes

Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting. – Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”

Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route. – Haruki Murakami, “1Q84”

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What we call the present is given shape by an accumulation of the past. – Haruki Murakami, “1Q84”

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami, “Norwegian Wood”

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Fact may not be truth, and truth may not be factual. – Haruki Murakami, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”

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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”

Even if we could turn back, we’d probably never end up back where we started. – Haruki Murakami, “1Q84”

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But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a lifetime, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives. – Haruki Murakami, “Norwegian Wood”

Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint. – Haruki Murakami, “South of the Border, West of the Sun”

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The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school. – Haruki Murakami, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

Listen, every object’s in flux… they don’t stay in one form or another or in one place forever.  Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”

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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, “Norwegian Wood”

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

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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”

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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. – Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”

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

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Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering. – Haruki Murakami, “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”

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The truth sometimes reminds me of a city buried in sand. As time passes, the sand piles up even thicker, and occasionally it’s blown away and what’s below is revealed. – Haruki Murakami, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”

The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it. – Haruki Murakami, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”

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But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope. – Haruki Murakami, “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”

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”

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No mistake about it. Ice is cold; roses are red; I’m in love. And this love is about to carry me off somewhere. The current’s too overpowering; I don’t have any choice. It may very well be a special place, some place I’ve never seen before. – Haruki Murakami, “Sputnik Sweetheart”

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Haruki Murakami, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

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What matters is deciding in your heart to accept another person completely. When you do that, it is always the first time and the last. – Haruki Murakami, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”

I happen to like the strange ones. People who look normal and leads normal lives – they’re the ones you have to watch out for. – Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”

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People’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. – Haruki Murakami, “After Dark”

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As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves. – Haruki Murakami, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”

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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”

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Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? – Haruki Murakami, “Sputnik Sweetheart”

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”

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