Haruki Murakami Quotes

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Born: January 12, 1949, Kyoto, Japan
Birth Country: Japan
Occupation: Author

1.
Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most.
- Haruki Murakami

2.
Every writer has his writing technique - what he can and can't do to describe something like war or history. I'm not good at writing about those things, but I try because I feel it is necessary to write that kind of thing.
- Haruki Murakami

3.
I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.
- Haruki Murakami

4.
I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.
- Haruki Murakami

5.
I don't know how many good books I still have in me I hope there are another four or five.
- Haruki Murakami

6.
I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision.
- Haruki Murakami

7.
I get up early in the morning, 4 o'clock, and I sit at my desk and what I do is just dream. After three or four hours, that's enough. In the afternoon, I run.
- Haruki Murakami

8.
I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching.
- Haruki Murakami

9.
I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.
- Haruki Murakami

10.
I'm a writer. I don't support any war. That's my principle.
- Haruki Murakami

11.
I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.
- Haruki Murakami

12.
Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o'clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me.
- Haruki Murakami

13.
My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories - not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father's generation. It's a kind of inheritance, the memory of it.
- Haruki Murakami

14.
Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside.
- Haruki Murakami

15.
Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.
- Haruki Murakami

16.
Team sports aren't my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don't need a partner to go running, you don't need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.
- Haruki Murakami

17.
When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.
- Haruki Murakami

18.
You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you.
- Haruki Murakami

19.
You know, if you are kind of rich, the best thing is that you don't have to think about money. The best thing you can buy with money is freedom, time. I don't know how much I earn a year. I have no idea. I don't know how much I pay in taxes.
- Haruki Murakami

20.
Young people these days don't trust anything at all. They want to be free.
- Haruki Murakami

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