70 Book Quotes to Inspire and Warm Your Heart






1- Don't you see? It's just not possible for one person to watch over another person forever and ever. I mean, suppose we got married. You'd have to work during the day. Who's going to watch over me while you're away? Or if you go on a business trip, who's going to watch over me then? Can I be glued to you every minute of our lives? What kind of equality would there be in that? What kind of relationship would that be? Sooner or later you'd get sick of me. You'd wonder what you were doing with your life, why you were spending all your time babysitting this woman. I couldn't stand that. It wouldn't solve any of my problems.

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

2- "I suppose I don't really understand you yet," I said. "I'm not all that smart. It takes me a while to understand things. But if I do have the time, I will come to understand you - better than anyone else in the world."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

3- “Everybody thinks I'm this delicate little girl. But you can't judge a book by its cover."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

4- “As time went by, the knot began to take on a clear and simple form, a form that I am able to put into words, like this: Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life. It's a cliché translated into words, but at the time I felt it not as words but as that knot of air inside me. Death exists - in a paperweight, in four red and white balls on a pool table - and we go on living and breathing it into our lungs like fine dust. Until that time, I had understood death as something entirely separate from and independent of life. The hand of death is bound to take us, I had felt, but until the day it reaches out for us, it leaves us alone. This had seemed to me the simple, logical truth. Life is here, death is over there. I am here, not over there.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

5- “I don't know, sometimes I think I've got this hard kernel in my heart, and nothing much can get inside it. I doubt if I can really love anybody.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

6- “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. That's the world of hicks and slobs. Real people would be ashamed of themselves doing that.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

7- “He was a far more voracious reader than me, but he made it a rule never to touch a book by any author who had not been dead at least 30 years. "That's the only kind of book I can trust," he said. "It's not that I don't believe in contemporary literature," he added, "but I don't want to waste valuable time reading any book that has not had the baptism of time. Life is too short."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

8- “There is absolutely nothing to be gained from sleeping with one strange woman after another. It just tires you out and makes you disgusted with yourself...It's like that. When you're surrounded by endless possibilities, one of the hardest things you can do is pass them up.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

9- "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."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood




10- “Life doesn't require ideals. It requires standards of action."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

11- "What does it mean to be a gentleman? How do you define it?"

"A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

12- “what do you think the best thing is about being rich?" … "Being able to say you don't have any money. Like, if I suggested to a school friend we do something, she could say, 'Sorry, I don't have any money'. Which is something I could never say if the situation was reversed. If I said "I don't have any money', it would really mean "I don't have any money'. It's sad. Like, if a pretty girl says "I look terrible today, I don't want to go out,' that's OK, but if an ugly girl says the same thing people laugh at her.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

13- “I'm not that fond of him, but I believe in my father. How can I not believe in a man who gives up his house, his kids, his work, and runs off to Uruguay from the shock of losing his wife? Do you see what I mean?"

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

14- “Do you think you weren't loved enough?"

"Somewhere between "not enough' and "not at all'. 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. But they never gave that to me. Never, not once. If I tried to cuddle up and beg for something, they'd just shove me away and yell at me.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

15- "I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough."

"Waiting for the perfect love?"

"No, even I know better than that. I'm looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortbread. And you stop everything you're doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortbread out to me. And I say I don't want it any more and throw it out of the window. That's what I'm looking for”

….

"For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesn't begin at all."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

16- “Every once in a while she'll get worked up and cry like that. But that's OK. She's letting out her feelings. The scary thing is not being able to do that. When your feelings build up and harden and die inside, then you're in big trouble."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

17- “I wanted to explain to her, "I am having sex with you now. I am inside you. But really this is nothing. It doesn't matter. It is nothing but the joining of two bodies. All we are doing is telling each other things that can only be told by the rubbing together of two imperfect lumps of flesh. By doing this, we are sharing our imperfection."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

18- “"What makes us most normal..is knowing that we're not normal."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood





19- “She wasn't the kind of child who could stand proper training. There just happen to be people like that. They're blessed with this marvellous talent, but they can't make the effort to systematize it. They end up squandering it in little bits and pieces. I've seen my share of people like that. At first you think they're amazing. They can sight-read some terrifically difficult piece and do a damn good job playing it all the way through. You see them do it, and you're overwhelmed. You think, "I could never do that in a million years.' But that's as far as it goes. They can't take it any further. And why not? Because they won't put in the effort. They haven't had the discipline pounded into them. They've been spoiled. They have just enough talent so they've been able to play things well without any effort and they've had people telling them how great they are from an early age, so hard work looks stupid to them.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

20- "That's how people live in the real world: forcing stuff on each other."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

21- “I mean, it's basically impossible for everybody's justice to prevail or everybody's happiness to triumph, so chaos takes over. And then what do you think happens? Simple - a god appears at the end and starts directing the traffic. "You go over there, and you come here, and you get together with her, and you just sit still for while.' Like that. He's a kind of fixer, and in the end, everything works out perfectly.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

22- “It's good when food tastes good," I said. "It's kind of like proof you're alive."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

23- “How many Sundays - how many hundreds of Sundays like this - lay ahead of me? "Quiet, peaceful, and lonely," I said aloud to myself. On Sundays, I didn't wind my spring.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

24- “life frightens me sometimes. I don't happen to take that as the premise for everything else, though. I'm going to give it 100 per cent and go as far as I can. I'll take what I want and leave what I don't want. That's how I intend to live my life, and if things go bad, I'll stop and reconsider at that point. If you think about it, an unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

25- “I'm not the smartest girl in the world. If anything, I'm sort of on the stupid side, and old-fashioned. I couldn't care less about "systems' and "responsibility'. All I want is to get married and have a man I love hold me in his arms every night and make babies. That's plenty for me. It's all I want out of life."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

26- "People change, though, don't you think?" … "You mean, like, they go out into society and get a kick up the arse and grow up?"

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

27- “I'm going to mature. I'm going to be an adult. Because that's what I have to do. I always used to think I'd like to stay 17 or 18 if I could. But not any more. I'm not a teenager any more. I've got a sense of responsibility now. I'm not the same person I was when we used to hang out together. I'm 20 now. And I have to pay the price to go on living.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

28- "Just remember, life is a box of chocolates."… "You know, they've got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don't like others? And you eat all the ones you like, and the only ones left are the ones you don't like as much? I always think about that when something painful comes up. "Now I just have to polish these off, and everything'll be OK.' Life is a box of chocolates."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

29- ""Why?'!" she screamed. "Are you crazy? You know the English subjunctive, you understand trigonometry, you can read Marx, and you don't know the answer to something as simple as that? Why do you even have to ask? Why do you have to make a girl say something like this? I like you more than I like him, that's all. I wish I had fallen in love with somebody a little more handsome, of course. But I didn't. I fell in love with you!"

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

30- “It might go well, or it might not. But love is like that. When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

31- “Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt. Life is like that.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

32- “No truth can cure the sadness we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness, can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see that sadness through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sadness that comes to us without warning.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

33- "You'll be OK. Your own strength got you this far."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

34- "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."

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

35- “One runner told of a mantra his older brother, also a runner, had taught him which he’s pondered ever since he began running. Here it is: Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you start to think, Man this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to the runner himself. This pretty much sums up the most important aspect of marathon running.

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running




36- “In the novelist’s profession, as far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as winning or losing. Maybe numbers of copies sold, awards won, and critics’ praise serve as outward standards for accomplishment in literature, but none of them really matter. What’s crucial is whether your writing attains the standards you’ve set for yourself. Failure to reach that bar is not something you can easily explain away. When it comes to other people, you can always come up with a reasonable explanation, but you can’t fool yourself.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

37- “It might be a little silly for someone getting to be my age to put this into words, but I just want to make sure I get the facts down clearly: I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I’ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself….[] The desire in me to be alone hasn’t changed. Which is why the hour or so I spend running, maintaining my own silent, private time, is important to help me keep my mental well-being. When I’m running I don’t have to talk to anybody and don’t have to listen to anybody. All I need to do is gaze at the scenery passing by. This is a part of my day I can’t do without.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

38- “I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void. But as you might expect, an occasional thought will slip into this void. People’s minds can’t be a complete blank. Human beings’ emotions are not strong or consistent enough to sustain a vacuum. What I mean is, the kinds of thoughts and ideas that invade my emotions as I run remain subordinate to that void. Lacking content, they are just random thoughts that gather around that central void.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

39- “When I’m criticized unjustly (from my viewpoint, at least), or when someone I’m sure will understand me doesn’t, I go running for a little longer than usual. By running longer it’s like I can physically exhaust that portion of my discontent. It also makes me realize again how weak I am, how limited my abilities are. I become aware, physically, of these low points. And one of the results of running a little farther than usual is that I become that much stronger. If I’m angry, I direct that anger toward myself. If I have a frustrating experience, I use that to improve myself. That’s the way I’ve always lived.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

40- ““Muscles are hard to get and easy to lose. Fat is easy to get and hard to lose.” A painful reality, but a reality all the same.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

41- “No matter how much you might command your body to perform, don’t count on it to immediately obey. The body is an extremely practical system. You have to let it experience intermittent pain over time, and then the body will get the point. As a result, it will willingly accept (or maybe not) the increased amount of exercise it’s made to do. After this, you very gradually increase the upper limit of the amount of exercise you do. Doing it gradually is important so you don’t burn out.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

42- “Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

43- “Muscles are like work animals that are quick on the uptake. If you carefully increase the load, step by step, they learn to take it. As long as you explain your expectations to them by actually showing them examples of the amount of work they have to endure, your muscles will comply and gradually get stronger. It doesn’t happen overnight, of course. But as long as you take your time and do it in stages, they won’t complain—aside from the occasional long face—and they’ll very patiently and obediently grow stronger. Through repetition you input into your muscles the message that this is how much work they have to perform. Our muscles are very conscientious. As long as we observe the correct procedure, they won’t complain.

If, however, the load halts for a few days, the muscles automatically assume they don’t have to work that hard anymore, and they lower their limits. Muscles really are like animals, and they want to take it as easy as possible; if pressure isn’t applied to them, they relax and cancel out the memory of all that work. Input this canceled memory once again, and you have to repeat the whole journey from the very beginning. Naturally it’s important to take a break sometimes, but in a critical time like this, when I’m training for a race, I have to show my muscles who’s boss. I have to make it clear to them what’s expected. I have to maintain a certain tension by being unsparing, but not to the point where I burn out. These are tactics that all experienced runners learn over time.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

44- “Running every day is a kind of lifeline for me, so I’m not going to lay off or quit just because I’m busy. If I used being busy as an excuse not to run, I’d never run again. I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished.”

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

45- “On any given day, something claims our attention. Anything at all, inconsequential things. A rosebud, a misplaced hat, that sweater we liked as a child, an old Gene Pitney record. A parade of trivia with no place to go. Things that bump around in our consciousness for two or three days then go back to wherever they came from... to darkness. We've got all these wells dug in our hearts. While above the wells, birds flit back and forth.”

― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

46- “Then when dusk began to settle he would retrace his steps, back to his own world. And on the way home, a loneliness would always claim his heart. He could never quite get a grip on what it was. It just seemed that whatever lay waiting "out there" was all too vast, too overwhelming for him to possibly ever make a dent in.”

― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

47- “If you look at things from a distance, most anything looks beautiful.”

― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

48- “When it's all over, it'll seem like a dream.”

― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

49- “The past and the present, might we say, go like this. The future is a maybe. Yet we look back on the darkness that obscures the path that brought us fair, we only come up with another indefinite maybe. The only thing we perceive with any clarity is the present moment, and even that just passes by.”

― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973


50- “All of us are laboring under the same conditions. It’s like we’re all flying in the same busted airplane. Sure, some of us are luckier than others. Some are tough and some are weak. Some are rich and some poor. But no one’s superman—in that way, we’re all weak. If we own things, we’re terrified we’ll lose them; if we’ve got nothing we worry it’ll be that way forever. We’re all the same. If you catch on to that early enough, you can try to make yourself stronger, even if only a little. It’s okay to fake it. Right? There are no truly strong people. Only people who pretend to be strong.”

― Haruki Murakami, Wind Pinball



51- “I worry for a second that she wants to set us up: I am not interested in being set up. I need to be ambushed, caught unawares, like some sort of feral love-jackal.”

― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl


52- « There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”

― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl


53- “Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we're gone.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You




54- “Don't be afraid to fall in love again. Open your heart and follow where it leads you...and remember, shoot for the moon.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

55- “what a luxury it was for people to hold their loved ones whenever they wanted”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

56- “She had been given a wonderful gift: life. Sometimes it was cruelly taken away too soon, but it's what you did with it that counted, not how long it lasted.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

57- “She was a woman who made mistakes, who sometimes cried on a Monday morning or at night alone in bed. She was a woman who often became bored with her life and found it hard to get up for work in the morning. She was a woman who more often than not had a bad hair day, who looked in the mirror and wondered why she couldn't just drag herself to the gym more often; she was a woman who sometimes questioned what reason had she to live on this planet. She was a woman who sometimes just got things wrong.

On the other hand, she was a woman with a million happy memories, who knew what it was like to experience true love and who was ready to experience more life, more love and make new memories.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

58- “Finding someone you love and loves you back is a wonderful feeling. But finding a true soulmate is an even better feeling. A soulmate is someone who understands you like no other will be there for you forever no matter what.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

59- “Nobody's life is filled with perfect little moments. And if it were, they wouldn't be perfect little moments. They would just be normal. How would you ever know happiness if you never experience downs?”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

60- “Don't mind all those people who say that you should be back to normal in a month or two. Grieving is all part of helping yourself anyway.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

61- “Most of all she loved that when she hugged him her head would rest neatly just below his chin, where she could feel his breath lightly blowing her hair and tickling her head.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

62-“Her best friend was gone and nobody understood that no amount of makeup, fresh air or shopping was going to fill the hole in her heart.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You



63- “Some people go through life searching and never find their soul mates. They never do. You and I did, we just happened to have them for a shorter period of time than we hoped for. It's sad, but it's life. So you go to this ball, Holly and you embrace the fact that you had someone whom you loved and who loved you back.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

64- “you don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person you cannot live without”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

65- “Am I OK? I'm lots of things. I'm lonely, I'm tired, I'm sad, I'm happy, I'm lucky, I'm unlucky; I'm a million different things every day of the week. But I suppose OK is one of them.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

66- “Nobody's life is filled with perfect little moments. And if they were, they wouldn't be perfect little moments. They would just be normal. How would you ever know happiness if you'd never experienced downs?”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

67- “Remember our wonderful memories, but please don't be afraid to make some more”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

68- “The world went on, simple as that, and there was no bubble big enough to protect her.”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

69- “Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

70- “Sometimes there is only one thing left to say, P. S. I Love You....”

― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You







The books:
1- Norwegian WoodHaruki Murakami








3- Pinball, 1973Haruki Murakami



4- Gone GirlGillian Flynn






5- P.S. I Love YouCecelia Ahern






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