Kazuo Ishiguro

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    After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?
    Source: The Remains of the Day (2009) 244
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    An artist's concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.
    Source: An Artist of the Floating World (2009) 119
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    As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
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    Don’t you wonder sometimes, what might have happened if you tried?
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    I discovered that my imagination came alive when I moved away from the immediate world around me.
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    I grew up in Britain before it became a multicultural place, so in many ways I have a nostalgia for an England that's vanished - the England of my childhood has actually disappeared.
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    I started as a songwriter and wanted to be like Leonard Cohen. I've always seen my stories as enlarged songs.
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    I want my words to survive translation.
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    If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.
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    It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.
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    Love isn't about when you first meet. It's about the many, many years you spend together, when you're trying to keep that flame burning.
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    Many of our deepest motives come, not from an adult logic of how things work in the world, but out of something that is frozen from childhood.
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    Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.
    Source: Never Let Me Go ch.23
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    Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers.
    Source: A Pale View of Hills (1982)
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    There is certainly a satisfaction and dignity to be gained in coming to terms with the mistakes one has made in the course of one’s life.
    Source: An Artist of the Floating World 88
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