"I don't want to express my opinion about actual politics, because if I do, I have to be responsible for my decision."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Haruki Murakami on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Haruki Murakami on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Haruki Murakami on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Haruki Murakami on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Haruki Murakami on Joseph Stalin
"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."