"Travel can turn introverts into extroverts, bring confidence to the meek, and create adrenaline junkies out of thin air; it pushes your physical and mental limits, forcing you to quickly adapt to uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations."
“If people lived forever—if they never got any older—if they could just go on living in this world, never dying, always healthy—do you think they’d bother to think hard about things, the way we’re doing now…[d]eath is this huge, bright thing,and the bigger and brighter it is, the more we have to drive ourselves crazy thinking about things.”—May Kasahara, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
“…when one is speaking of the essence of things, it often happens that one can only speak in generalities. Concrete things certainly do command attention, but they are often little more than trivia. Side trips. The more one tries to see into the distance, the more generalized things become.”—Malta Kano, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
“Is it possible, finally, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close are we able to come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”—The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami