Murakami, unlike any other writer, has a way with words that makes us feel afloat even if there is no significant end to the entire story. When you read a Murakami, you read it for the world you are about to enter, the amusing characters you are going to come across, and the confusing actions that will eventually take place. But, what we are also guaranteed while reading his books, are subtle words of wisdom, that we often miss. Here are only some of them, albeit most are still unaddressed.

Here are some of our most favourite quotes by the man himself:

  1. “Death is not the opposite of life, but an innate part of it. By living our life, we nurture death.” – Norwegian Wood (1987)

2. “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.” – Kafka On The Shore (2002)

3. “Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” – Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985)

4. “If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.” – 1Q84 (2012)

5. “Mediocrity is like a spot on your shirt, it never comes off.” – Dance Dance Dance (1988)

6. “Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.” – South of the Border, West of the Sun (1992)

7. “If you really want to know something, you have to be willing to pay the price.” – After Dark (2004)

Although there are many more beautiful quotes that did not make the list, Murakami is one author you must read at least once in your life, and then decide upon reading him further. He does have his own style, and once you get the hang of him, you cannot go any further. That’s a promise.