What I Can't Say Out Loud
- Midori: "I guess I've been waiting so long I'm looking for perfection. That makes it tough."
- Toru: "Waiting for the perfect love?"
- Midori: "No, even I know better than that. I'm looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortbread. And you stop everything you're doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortbread out to me. And I say I don't want it any more and throw it out of the window. That's what I'm looking for."
- Toru: "I'm not sure that has anything to do with love," I said with some amazement.
- Midori: "It does," she said. "You just don't know it. There are times in a girl's life when things like that are incredibly important."
- Toru: "Things like throwing strawberry shortbread out of the window?"
- Midori: "Exactly. And when I do it, I want the man to apologize to me. 'Now I see, Midori. What a fool I've been! I should have known that you would lose your desire for strawberry shortbread. I have all the intelligence and sensitivity of a piece of donkey shit. To make it up to you, I'll go out and buy you something else. What would you like? Chocolate mousse? Cheesecake?"'
- Toru: "So then what?"
- Midori: "So then I'd give him all the love he deserves for what he's done."
- Toru: "Sounds crazy to me."
- Midori: "Well, to me, that's what love is. Not that anyone can understand me, though." Midori gave her head a little shake against my shoulder. "For a certain kind of person, love begins from something tiny or silly. From something like that or it doesn't begin at all."
- -Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
“That’s the hard part. I guess I’ve been waiting so long I’m looking for perfection. That makes it tough.” - Midori, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
“Midori: You mean, if you knew me better, you’d force stuff on me like everybody else?
Toru: It’s possible. That’s how people live in the real world: forcing stuff on each other.
Midori: You wouldn’t do that. I can tell. I’m an expert when it comes to forcing stuff and having stuff forced on you. You’re just not that type. That’s why I can relax with you. Do you have any idea how many people there are in the world who like to force stuff on people and have stuff forced on them? Tons! And then they make a big fuss, like, ‘I forced her,’ ‘You forced me’! That’s what they like. But I don’t like it. I just do it ‘cause I have to.”