Quotes from Norwegian Wood

I’ve finished reading Murakami’s Norwegian Wood few months ago, but I feel that some of quotes in his book are very relatable with life in general. Maybe, that’s the reason why it is so popular. This are my favorite :

Death exists, not as the opposite but as part of life

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking

Everything was too sharp and clear, so that I could never tell where to start- the way a map that shows too much can sometimes be useless

If you need me, use me. Don’t you see? Why do you have to be so rigid? Relax, let down your guard. You’re all tensed up so you always expect the worst. Relax your body and the rest of you will lighten up

What’s the point of saying that to me? If I relaxed my body now, I’d fall apart. I’ve always live like this, and it’s the only way I know how to go on living. If I relaxed for a second, I’d never find my way back. I’d go to pieces and the pieces could be blown away

Why can’t you see that? How could you talk about watching over me if you can’t see that?

I saw these paradoxical qualities of his from the start and I could never understand why they weren’t just as obvious to everyone else. He lived in his own special hell.

When you’re surrounded by endless possibilities, one of the hardest things you can do is pass them up. How can you ignore it? You have a certain ability and the opportunity to use it: can you keep your mouth shut and let it pass?

Try not to get so worked up about things. Whatever happened – or didn’t happen – the end result would have been the same.

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.

If I am going to test myself, I want to do it in the biggest field there is – the nation. I want to see how high I can climb, how much power I can exercise in this insanely huge bureaucratic system.

You’re very clear about what you like and what you don’t like. You make it obvious you don’t care whether people like you or not. That makes some people angry.

“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.”

Its because I hated the place so much. I wasn’t going to let it beat me. If I’d let it get to me once I’d be finished. I was scared I’d just keep slipping down and down

Never sure where I was, never sure I was headed in the right direction, knowing only that I had to keep moving, one step at a time.

This was nothing new for me. Whenever I get involved in something, I shut out everything else.

“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only arseholes do that.” “I’ll keep it in mind”. We shook hands and went our separate ways, he to his new world and I back to my swamp.

Do you find something that you like from the list above?