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  


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

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Change   People   Grow  


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  


Religious faith was a matter of individual freedom.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Faith   Freedom   Religious  


If only I had made myself do it! If only I had said something to her, my life might be very different.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Myself   Life   Self   Thinking  


I’ve obviously been changing a lot over the past several months. Maybe you could say I’m growing up mentally and emotionally … at last … on the verge of turning thirty.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Grow  


Without the aid of truth, I am nothing, and I can never be anything.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

True   Self  


I’m tired of living in hatred and resentment. I’m tired of living unable to love anyone. I don’t have a single friend—not one. And, worst of all, I can’t even love myself. Why is that? Why can’t I love myself? It’s because I can’t love anyone else. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else. Do you understand what I am saying? A person who is incapable of loving another cannot properly love himself

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Love   Self  


If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.

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Tengo's Father   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Understand   Explanation  


“The problem I have to deal with now is how to give my life a new start”

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

New   Life   Problem  


Life is so uncertain: you never know what could happen. One way to deal with that is to keep your pajamas washed.

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Tengo   ( Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 )

Life   Uncertain