“Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.”
-Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
"But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair."
"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."
"Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library."
"Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness."
“‘How much do you love me?’ Midori asked.
‘Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter,’ I said.”