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“1Q84 – that’s what I’ll call this new world, Aomame decided. Q is for “question mark.” A world that bears a question.” Haruki Murakami in 1Q84
“Her style overall was juvenile and artless, but the good and the bad passages stood out from each other so clearly that choosing among them took far less time and trouble than he had expected. The artlessness made some passages dense and difficult but it gave others a startling freshness. “ Haruki Murakami in “1Q84”
“For a few seconds, I stood there in a strange dim place. Where the things I could see did NOT exist. Where the invisible DID. Finally, though, the real number 28 bus stopped in front of me, its entirely real door opening. I clambered aboard, heading off to some other place…” Haruki Murakami in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
“No matter how vivid a memory, the power of time was stronger. I knew this instinctively.” Haruki Murakami in Killing Commendatore
“However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.” J.K.Rowling in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
“Learning is not like a coin, which remains whole even through the most infamous transactions; it is, rather, like a very handsome dress, which is worn out through use and ostentation. Is not a book like that, in fact?” Umberto Eco in The Name of the Rose
“Spinoza says that reason is no match for passion and what we must do is to turn reason into a passion.” Irvin D.Yalom in The Spinoza Problem
“More in love with desire than with the desired!” Irvin D.Yalom in When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession
“Thymos is the part of the soul that craves recognition of dignity; isothymia is the demand to be respected on an equal basis with other people; while megalothymia is the desire to be recognized as superior.” Francis Fukuyama in Identity
“To reduce the sum of our existence to a competitive struggle for advantage among more than two hundred nations is not clear-eyed but myopic. People and nations compete, but that is not all that they do.” Madeleine K. Albright in Fascism: A Warning