Haruki Murakami is one of the greatest novelists and always manages to capture the complexity of human emotion. One of my all-time favorite lines of his is “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” And here is yet another one of his beautifully crafted passages:
“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun.
And another one:
“But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.” Murakami.