Tuesday, March 18, 2014

People's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. 

You know, I think if I didn't have that fuel, if I didn't have these memory drawers inside me, I would've snapped a long time ago. I would've curled up in a ditch somewhere and died. It's because I can pull the memories out of the drawers when I have to—the important ones and the useless ones—that I can go on living this nightmare of a life. I might think I can't take it any more, that I can't go on any more, but one way or another I get past that. 

~Haruki Murakami, After Dark, 2004
 
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