Quotes by: Haruki Murakami
I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way.
I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.
When I am writing, I do not distinguish between the natural and supernatural. Everything seems real. That is my world, you could say.
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.
When I start to write, I don't have any plan at all. I just wait for the story to come.
I'm a writer, not a professional runner. It's fun and it helps me write. I need powerful concentration.
I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision.
I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.
In my younger days, I was trying to write sophisticated prose and fantastic stories.
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.
I am worrying about my country. I feel I have a responsibility as a novelist to do something.
I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished.
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.