something to be learned from everything.

“Say… J,” said the Rat, eyes sill on the glass, “here I’ve lived twenty-five years, and it seems to me I haven’t really learned a thing.”
J said nothing, but stared at his fingers. Then he gave a little shrug. “Me, I’ve seen forty-five years and I’ve only figured out one thing. That’s this: if a person would only make the effort, there’s something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there’s always something one can learn. I read somewhere that they say there’s even different philosophies in razors. Fact is, if it weren’t for that, nobody’d survive.”
-Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

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