quotes from Murakami’s after dark

In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. Its important to combine the two in just right amount. P.204

“…people’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have an actual importance or not, it doesn’t matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They’re all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty picture in the magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed ’em to the fire they’re all just paper. The fire isn’t thinking, ‘oh, this is kant,’ … while it burns. To the fire, they’re nothing but scraps of paper. Its the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there’s no distinction – they’re all just fuel.”
P. 206

“Its not as if our lives are divided simply into light and dark. There’s a shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes certain amount of time and effort”

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