From a letter to Oskar Pollak dated January 27, 1904.
Full quote: Altogether, I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? So that it can make us happy, as you put it? Good God, we'd be just as happy if we had no books at all; books that make us happy we could, in a pinch, also write ourselves. What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is what I believe.
The longer version:
“I look up at the sky, wondering if I'll catch a glimpse of kindness there, but I don't. All I see are indifferent summer clouds drifting over the Pacific. And they have nothing to say to me. Clouds are always taciturn. I probably shouldn't be looking up at them. What I should be looking at is inside of me. Like staring down into a deep well.
Can I see kindness there? No, all I see is my own nature. My own individual, stubborn, uncooperative often self-centered nature that still doubts itself–that, when troubles occur, tries to find something funny, or something nearly funny, about the situation.
I've carried this character around like an old suitcase, down a long, dusty path. I'm not carrying it because I like it. The contents are too heavy, and it looks crummy, fraying in spots. I've carried it with me because there was nothing else I was supposed to carry. Still, I guess I have grown attached to it. As you might expect.”
― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Murakami has to be my favorite author. I love the way he looks at the world and describes it. I also like these moments when he look at himself completely honestly. This is really a fantastic book if you are looking for some winter reading.
This quote came to my mind after reading the comments in this JusticePorn thread. So many people demanding inhuman punishment which, in my opinion, is as sick as the crime those women commited. source
Full quote: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” I'm a huge fan of John Green, he has a lot of quotes that really resonate with me. This is from The Fault In Our Stars, one of my favorites books by him. Books mean a lot to me, and this is exactly how I feel after finishing a book. I want to share the amazing experience of reading a great book, but sometimes the book is so meaningful to me that I want to keep it as my own.