Real life is different from math. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.
You can keep as quiet as you like, but one of these days somebody is going to find you.[repeated often in the rest of the book]
Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to slip through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won’t be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there – to the edge of the world. There’s something you can’t do unless you get there.
Spend your money for the things that money can buy, not worry about profit or loss. Save your energy for the things that money can’t buy.
Letters are just pieces of paper. Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.
If you think God’s there, He is. If you don’t, He isn’t. And if that’s what God’s like, I wouldn’t worry about it.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will be even worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still.[to Mr. Nakata]