45 Famous Haruki Murakami Quotes

Haruki Murakami Quotes On Life And Death

Today, I put together some famous Haruki Murakami quotes that I wanted to share because Murakami is one of my favorite writers.

The Haruki Murakami quotes that I selected are from his novels: South of the Border – West of the Sun, Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood, Dance Dance Dance, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, After the Quake, A Wild Sheep Chase, IQ84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Blind Willow – Sleeping Woman, and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

While you read these Haruki Murakami quotes, you can easily see why he is considered as “among the world’s greatest living novelists.” Also, you don’t have to read his book to appreciate his wisdom because these Haruki Murakami quotes are powerful and deep.

45 Famous Haruki Murakami Quotes

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. Haruki Murakami
1. "Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart." - Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

2. “I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.” – Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

3. “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami
5. "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." - Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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 of the Sun

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
9. "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, Norwegian Wood

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

11. “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 life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

12. “It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami
13. "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." - Haruki Murakami

14. “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

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

16. “I have this strange feeling that I’m not myself anymore. It’s hard to put into words, but I guess it’s like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling.” – Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt. Haruki Murakami
17. "Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt." - Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

18. “Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.” – Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

19. “So that’s how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that’s stolen from us–that’s snatched right out of our hands–even if we are left completely changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to the end of our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness.” – Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

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

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

22. “If you’re in pitch blackness, all you can do is sit tight until your eyes get used to the dark” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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

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

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
25. "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, Norwegian Wood

26. “It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

27. “So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

28. “I realize full well how hard it must be to go on living alone in a place from which someone has left you, but there is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.” – Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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

30. “I don’t care what you do to me, but I don’t want you to hurt me. I’ve had enough hurt already in my life. More than enough. Now I want to be happy.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

31. “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 the Shore

32. “Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won’t be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there- to the edge of the world. There’s something you can’t do unless you get there.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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
33. "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

34. “I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.” – Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

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

36. “You can keep as quiet as you like, but one of these days somebody is going to find you.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

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

38. “What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.” – Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

39. “If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

40. “People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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

42. “If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

43. “Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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

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