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Haruki Murakami, Japanese Writer ( January 12, 1949 - )

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I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic.~Haruki Murakami


You Can Do It Shoes Me

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


Life Time Friends

Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.~Haruki Murakami


Men People Young

I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured.~Haruki Murakami


Day Exercise You

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


Respect Humble Proud

It's physical. If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place you have to be strong physically. That is a very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong.~Haruki Murakami


Day Strong Writing

Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.~Haruki Murakami


Life My Life Happiest

For novelists or musicians, if they really want to create something, they need to go downstairs and find a passage to get into the second basement. What I want to do is go down there, but still stay sane.~Haruki Murakami


Musicians Want Find

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


Age Sympathy Tough

Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.~Haruki Murakami


Live Nobody Everything

You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.~Haruki Murakami


People Dream You

If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language.~Haruki Murakami


Language Want You

I'm not intelligent. I'm not arrogant. I'm just like the people who read my books. I used to have a jazz club, and I made the cocktails and I made the sandwiches. I didn't want to become a writer - it just happened.~Haruki Murakami


People Jazz Want

If you keep on writing for three years, every day, you should be strong. Of course, you have to be strong mentally, also. But in the first place, you have to be strong physically. That is a very important thing. Physically and mentally you have to be strong.~Haruki Murakami


Day Strong Writing

I had my jazz club and I had enough money. So I didn't have to write for my living.~Haruki Murakami


Money Living Jazz

Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally. So 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. The next day, the dream will continue.~Haruki Murakami


Morning Day People

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


Time Age Wind

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


Life Freedom Appreciate

When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.~Haruki Murakami


I Am World Writing

As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life.~Haruki Murakami


Life Time My Life

My priority is my books, at least at this point. What I have to do is write the narrative of this time.~Haruki Murakami


Time Point Books

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


Myself Imagination People

Many people tell me that they don 't know what to feel when they finish one of my books because the story was dark, or complicated, or strange. But while they were reading it, they were inside my world and they were happy. That's good.~Haruki Murakami


Happy Good World

Please think of me like an endangered species and just observe me quietly from far away. If you try to talk to me or touch me casually, I may get intimidated and bite you. So please be careful.~Haruki Murakami


May Me You

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work.~Haruki Murakami


Work Support People

There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.~Haruki Murakami


Writing Perfect Despair