Since it's Murakami's birthday, I'll do a quote from the books that I've read.
(No Norwegian Wood isn't the only book that I've read)
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

Norwegian Wood
"What happens when people open their hearts?"
"They get better."

Norwegian Wood
"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."

Norwegian Wood
Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.

Norwegian Wood
Thread* fml
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.

Norwegian Wood
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.

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

Norwegian Wood
Letters are just pieces of paper," I said. "Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.

Norwegian Wood
"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."

After Dark
"But what seems like a reasonable distance to one person might feel too far to somebody else."

After Dark
"If you really want to know something, you have to be willing to pay the price."

After Dark
"Time moves in it's special way in the middle of the night."

After Dark
"I'll write to you. A super-long letter, like in an old-fashioned novel."

After Dark
"Memory is so crazy! It's like we've got these drawers crammed with tons of useless stuff. Meanwhile, all the really important things we just keep forgetting, one after the other."

After Dark
Let me tell you something, Mari. The ground we stand on looks solid enough, but if something happens it can drop right out from under you. And once that happens, you've had it: things'll never be the same. All you can do is go on, living alone down there in the darkness..
"Is action merely the incidental product of thought, or is thought the consequential product of action?"

After Dark
"It's not as if our lives are simply divided into light and dark. There's a shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does."

After Dark
"Between the time the last train leaves and the first train arrives, the place changes: it's not the same as in daytime."

After Dark
"If only I could fall sound asleep and wake up in my old reality!"

After Dark
"The silence is so deep it hurts our ears."

After Dark
"Of what value is a civilization that can't toast a piece of bread as ordered?"

After Dark
"I might think I can't take it any more, that I can't go on any more, but one way or another I get past that."

After Dark

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