Another archived post, these are some quotes from Takuji Ichikawa’s Be With You (Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu). One of the books that has impacted me in the last five years.
☆ I had always been weak, but when Mio died I became even weaker. I started to lose even the strength it takes to breathe.
☆ Books nourish the heart. They are the lamps that light the darkness, the joy that can outshine love.
☆ Submarines would be a death sentence.
☆ I had long ago given up wishing for things I shouldn’t wish for or things I would never do. I am what is left after a lot of things are subtracted from a normal human being.
☆ It’s possible you lost forever those memories you should remember always.
☆ Seriousness is related to trust, and trust is one of the most important elements of love. That’s why serious people actually know more about love than carefree people do.
☆Not all stories are filled with happiness. Some stories are sad. Most sad stories are made up of tales of parting. To this day, I have never heard a story of meeting that did not also involve a parting.
☆ Life is over before you know it so there is no need for a whole pile of memories to live.
☆ People who can never get enough never seem to tire of hearing it. It’s the most comforting they can think of.
☆ “I like your attitude”, I said to him. “You’re a loyal dog and if you keep this up, they probably put a statue of you in front of the train station”.
☆ I am a tougher person that you give me credit for. I can only think about things in practical terms. If I really like somebody, it is not easy for me to just forget about them or suddenly start hating them. God made me to have just one love in my life. And so I went on, living day by day, thinking of you.
☆ I think the human heart was not made to go outside its time. If people temporarily lose their memory it must be some way of protecting their sanity.