Midori Kobayashi is vivacious, loud and simply- NUTS. She has this crazy personality not all people can understand, and she doesn’t care- at all. Either you take her as she is, or ignore her, she doesn’t mind both, trust me. But despite that strong facade, lies a woman who loves and cares deeply.
So this post is about her. I’m listing here the 15 quotes from Midori Kobayashi that speaks exactly what is on my mind.
- When I think of the love I deserve.
“I made up my mind I was going to find someone who would love me unconditionally three hundred and sixty five days a year, I was still in elementary school at the time – fifth or sixth grade – but I made up my mind once and for all.”
“Wow,” I said. “Did the search pay off?”
“That’s the hard part,” said Midori. She watched the rising smoke for a while, thinking. “I guess I’ve been waiting so long I’m looking for perfection. That makes it tough.”
“Waiting for the perfect love?”
“No, even I know better than that. I’m looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortcake. 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 shortcake out to me. And I say I don’t want it anymore and throw it out the window. That’s what I’m looking for.”
“I’m not sure that has anything to do with love,” I said with some amazement.
“It does,” she said. “You just don’t know it. There are time in a girl’s life when things like that are incredibly important.”
“Things like throwing strawberry shortcake out the window?”
“Exactly. And when I do it, I want the man to apologize to me. “Now I see, Midori. What a fool I have been! I should have known that you would lose your desire for strawberry shortcake. 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?”
“So then what?”
“So then I’d give him all the love he deserves for what he’s done.”
“Sounds crazy to me.”
“Well, to me, that’s what love is…”
2. When I did something really silly and I’m trying to convince myself that what I did was simply the best idea I have made!
“So I’m not crazy after all! I thought it looked good myself once I cut it all off. Not one guy likes it, though. They all tell me I look like a first grader or a concentration camp survivor. What’s this thing that guys have for girls with long hair? Fascists, the whole bunch of them! Why do guys all think girls with long hair are the classiest, the sweetest, the most feminine? I mean, I myself know at least two hundred and fifty unclassy girls with long hair. Really.”
3. When I am trying hard to tell someone my feelings (may it be negative or positive) he just can’t take the cue.
“Why?” she screamed. “Are you crazy? You know the English subjunctive, you understand trigonometry, you can read Marx, and you don’t know the answer to something as simple as that? Why do you even have to ask? Why do you have to make a girl SAY something like this? I like you more than I like him, that’s all. I wish I had fallen in love with somebody a little more handsome, of course. But I didn’t. I fell in love with you!”
4. When people say I think a bit differently, that they have to be with me a few more times just to get settled with my personality.
“But it’s the only way I know how to think. Seriously. I’m just telling you what I believe. It’s never crossed my mind that my way of thinking is different from other people’s. I’m not trying to be different. But when I speak out honestly, everybody thinks I’m kidding or playacting. When that happens, I feel like everything is such a pain!”
5. When I am trying to persuade someone (I like) to like me. Or, when I am trying to get a job!
“I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood gushing through my veins. You’re holding me in your arms and I’m telling you that I love you. I’m ready to do anything you tell me to do. I may be a little bit mad, but I’m a good girl, and honest, and I work hard, I’m kind of cute, I have nice boobs, I’m a good cook, and my father left me a trust fund. I mean, I’m a real bargain, don’t you think? If you don’t take me, I’ll end up going somewhere else.”
6. When I am trying to be positive in life.
“You know, they’ve got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don’t like others? And you eat all the ones you like, and the only ones left are the ones you don’t like as much? I always think about that when something painful comes up. Now I just have to polish these off, and everything’ll be OK. Life is a box of chocolates. I suppose you could call it a philosophy.”
7. When I think everyone is fraud.
“Most of these student types are total frauds. They’re scared to death somebody’s gonna find out they don’t know something. They all read the same books and they all spout the same slogans, and they love listening to John Coltrane and seeing Pasolini movies. You call that a revolution? …Well if that’s a revolution, you can stick it.”
8. When I am trying to explain things to people candidly.
“Like, if I suggested to a school friend we do something, she could say, ‘Sorry, I don’t have any money’. Which is something I could never say if the situation was reversed. If I said “I don’t have any money’, it would really mean “I don’t have any money’. It’s sad. Like, if a pretty girl says “I look terrible today, I don’t want to go out,’ that’s OK, but if an ugly girl says the same thing people laugh at her. That’s what the world was like for me.”
9. When my world starts to crumble, I go somewhere to have exactly what she is having.
“Sometimes, when the world gets too hard to live in, I come here for vodka and tonic.”
10. When I hate everything around me but refuse to let it defeat me.
‘It’s cause I hated the place so much. I wasn’t going to let it beat me.”
11. When giving up is the only option to give my point, and it’s perfectly fine. Taking shits from anyone is not a game I play.
“One guy yelled at me, ‘You stupid bitch, how do you live like that with nothing in your brain?’ Well, that did it. I wasn’t going to put up with that. Ok, I’m not so smart. I’m working class. But it’s the working class that keeps the world running, and it’s the working classes that get exploited. What kind of revolution is it that just throws out big words that working-class people can’t understand? What kind of crap social revolution is that? I mean, I’d like to make the world a better place, too. If somebody’s really being exploited, we’ve got to put a stop to it. That’s what I believe, and that’s why I ask questions. Am I right, or what?”
12. When revenge is best served cold, and I am getting it.
“Well, it’s just that life has been too cruel to us till now,” Midori said. “But that’s O.K. We’re gonna get back everything it owes us.”
13. When someone makes a comment about my attitude, I just shrug my shoulder and get on with my life.
“I am a lumberjack,” Midori said, scratching next to her nose. “I can never manage to be chic. I try it as a joke sometimes, but it never sticks. Any more critiques for me?”
14. When love is all I want in the world and I fail.
“Somewhere between ‘not enough’ and ‘not at all.’ I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it – to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once. But they never gave that to me. Never, not once.”
15. When I remind myself that I started out with nothing.
“When you start at zero, you’ve got a lot to learn.”
Source: NORWEGIAN WOOD BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
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