As Valentine's Day approaches, you'll soon start to see a great divide in the people around us. There will be those who celebrate the day and throw themselves into the festivities and ideas of love and gifts and eating out at fancy places. Then there will be those who oppose a socially constructed, capitalist-driven holiday that seeks to profit off the idea of love. But, perhaps most common, yet the least vocal, are the people who fall somewhere in the middle. People who want to celebrate a holiday that they know is stupid because it feels OK to be stupid if it's with someone else. At the end of the day, most of us are lonely.
Few writers capture the complexity of life and love as well as Haruki Murakami. Through his stories, he shows us characters who desperately want love, who never think about love, who love someone who will never love them back, who don't know how to love, and those who are loved but feel nothing about it.
Regardless of where you fall on Valentine's Day, or whether you relate specifically to any of Murakami's characters, his quotes on love are worth thinking about. Below are 13 of his finest quotes, of which at least one will cause you to pause for a moment.