I want to push myself to my limits, and if things don’t work out, then I can give up. But I will do everything I can until the bitter end. That is how I live.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Live   Perseverance  


Oh well, a moon is a moon, and I am me. Each of us has a different way to live. We each have our own plans.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Difference   Moon   Own Way  


It left me with scars. It was hard for a child. But what’s done is done. Don’t let it bother you. One good thing it did was to make me tougher.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Tough Time   Good   Strong  


Only by learning the truth—whatever that truth might be—could people be given the right kind of power.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

True   Power   Learn  


With great knowledge comes great responsibility.

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Ushikawa   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Great   Responsibility   Knowledge  


Once you’ve hidden something, you have to keep it hidden.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Hidden  


People need things like that to go on living—mental landscapes that have meaning for them, even if they can’t explain them in words. Part of why we live is to come up with explanations for these things. That’s what I think.

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Tamaru   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Live   People   Thinking  


People grow up, and when they grow up they change.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Change   People   Grow  


“What kind of world will be there tomorrow? “No one knows the answer to that,”

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Fuka-Eri   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

World   Answer   Question  


Real life is different from math. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Life   Difference  


You’ve gotta work with what you’ve got.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Make it happen  


I can’t be off by even one-hundredth of an inch. One slip and all my efforts will be wasted. Concentration is the key.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Concentration   Key  


You’re absolutely right. It is risky. There are a few too many uncertainties at this point in time. One slip, and things could get very unpleasant for us. I’m perfectly aware of that. But you know, Tengo, taking everything into consideration, my instincts still tell me, ‘Go for it!

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Komatsu   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Take Risk  


All of you are trapped here. You can’t go anywhere, forward or back. But I’m not like you. I have work to do. I have a mission to accomplish. And so, with your permission, I shall move ahead.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Goal  


After a tough job where your life is on the line, what you need is the warm, quiet encouragement that accompanies the touch of human flesh

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Tough Time  


After you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before. But don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Change   Difference  


1Q84—that’s what I’ll call this new world, Q is for “question mark.” A world that bears a question.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

World   Question  


The air has changed, the scene has changed. I have to adapt to this world-with-a-question-mark as soon as I can. Like an animal released into a new forest. In order to protect myself and survive, I have to learn the rules of this place and adapt myself to them.

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Aomame   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Change   Myself  


I feel utterly powerless, and that feeling is my prison. I entered of my own free will, I locked the door, and I threw away the key. This marriage was of course a mistake

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Tamaki Otsuka   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Marriage   Wrong  


What’s done is done. We can’t turn the clock back

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Komatsu   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Turn back  


Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim

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Tamaru   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Good