Haruki Murakami

"Far away, I could hear them lapping up my brains. Like Macbeth's witches, the three lithe cats surrounded my broken head, slurping up that thick soup inside. The tips of their rough tongues licked the soft folds of my mind. And with each lick my consciousness flickered like a flame and faded away."
"What do you think? I'm not a starfish or a pepper tree. I'm a living, breathing human being. Of course I've been in love."
"It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story."
"Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars."
"Everything just blows me away."
"Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting."
"Only the Dead stay seventeen forever."
"Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart."
"So I made up my mind I was going to find someone who would love me unconditionally three hundred and sixty-five days a year.Watanabe- Wow, and did your search pay off?M- That's the hard part. I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough."
"Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won't be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there- to the edge of the world. There's something you can't do unless you get there."
"Of what value is a civilization that can't toast a piece of bread as ordered?"
"Lots of different ways to live and lots of different ways to die. But in the end that doesn't make a bit of difference. All that remains is a desert."