„It's the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book 1Q84

Variant: Where I'm living is not a storybook world. It's the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes.
Source: 1Q84

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Japanese author, novelist 1949

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„The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand.“

—  Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923

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