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I don’t know what happened to the world where everybody became all right with being so mean. The nice thing about a piece like this is it reminds you how casualness turns into an epidemic so quickly that you kind of say, ‘That’s not my problem.’ And the next thing you know, you are turning a blind eye to it and actively participating in a cruelty.
Julia Roberts, Entertainment Weekly May 16th, 2014 (Article about The Normal Heart)

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I sit at a café in the village and gulp down cold Amstel beer. It tastes fantastic, but not nearly as great as the beer I’d been imagining as I ran. Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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I’m not eating these, though, simply to stave off the summer blahs, but because my body just naturally craves them. Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void…What I mean is, the kinds of thoughts and ideas that invade my emotions as I run remain subordinate to that void. Lacking content, they are just random thoughts that gather around that central void…The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. The sky both exists and doesn’t exist. It has substance and at the same time doesn’t. And we merely accept that vast expanse and drink it in.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you start to think, Man this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to the runner himself.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt