"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Haruki Murakami on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Haruki Murakami on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Haruki Murakami on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Haruki Murakami on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Haruki Murakami on Abraham Lincoln
"You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most."