Mirroring weekend


Arranging household articles before my moving to Paris, I found my agenda of 2016 hidden on the shelf corner. I had collected some quotes that I encountered daily, which were motivating or somewhat depressing time to time, and here I wanted to share those quotes to reflect on what words I’d swum the pool of calender 2016. There were many who accompanied me in that pool; Frida Kahlo, Lama, Gotthold Lessing, Bernard Shaw, Murakami, Piketty and more modern poets (all tagged at the end of this post). I surely enjoyed the time in flashback memory, but also I do remember that I was anxious already to jump into the next pool of 2017. This agenda will be disposable, probably burnt later with the campfire on the terrace, but the conversations I exchanged with those whom I swam would be kept. This process of reflecting past agenda for me was looking at the mirror where I saw myself following what I was doing. Records of every day lays here as a personal history, and with those concrete records I could reconstruct my past to revive in it for a while; reproducing the emotions I had meeting new people daily, since their names were put. Letters and postcards I received enriched that year, and I am grateful. Here come those quotes (some are in Spanish- and I’m being lazy to translate all).

“If you want me in your life, you will put me in it. I shouldn’t be fighting for a seat.”

“A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.”

“You will be what you should be, on its own time and its own moment. Just trust and wait with patience.”

“Every time someone leaves, it’s like a lump of my heart is falling apart as well. So I have learnt how to water my heart to grow… and that water comes from the eyes.”

“Life is for experiences, not for solving problems.”

“Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.”

“A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.”

“Let the devil catch you by a single hair, and you are his forever.”

“It is not the truth a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forwards to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man.”

“Let’s be lazy at all things, except loving and drinking, except being lazy.”

“In wine there is the truth, in water there is the health.”

“Loving is not about filling the emptiness. It’s about creating the space.”

“Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience but to their capacity for experience.”

“La cuestión del reparto de la riqueza es demasiado importante como para dejarla en manos de economistas, historiadores y filósofos. Interesa a todo el mundo, y tanto mejor que así sea.”

“The measurement for love is loving without measuring.”

“You can understand the size of a man, with the size of a problem that defeats him.”

“When I understand myself, I understand you. And out of that understanding comes love.”

“If the prejudice is a sickness, the information is the cure.”

“You will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. Then cast off. Set, sail out of the harbour. Explore. Dream.”

“La originalidad consiste en el retorno al origen. Así pues, original es aquello que vuelve a la simplicidad de las primeras soluciones.”

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

“Labels are only to distort our vision.”

“You haven’t offended. We’re both trying to be the best versions of ourselves.”

“Experiences expand our wisdom, but don’t reduce our craziness.”

“The necessity does everything.”

“Never refuse an adventure, unless you have a very convincing reason.”

“From your envy comes my fame.”

“Hurry burry spoils the curry.”

“No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.”

“When you are attached to people, it’s because of the details; their kindness, their eyes, the fact they can get you to laugh when you need it the most.”

“It’s not the future you’re afraid of. It’s repeating the past that makes you anxious.”

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult or each other?”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

“Where talks ignorance, silences intelligence.”

“Narrar, es transmitir el lenguaje de la pasión que está por venir.”

“El mercado no va a generar la tendencia disminuidora. Políticas públicas del estado es fundamental para la igualdad. Hay dos mundos muy separados entre propuestos económicos y aplicación de políticas públicas. Aquí el desafío es para disminuir la distancia entre ellos.”

“The purpose of looking at the future is to disturb the present.”

“El verdadero viaje de descubrimiento no consiste en buscar nuevos territorios. Consiste en tener nuevos ojos.”

“No hay grandes personas. Solo hay desafíos grandes que las personas corrientes como nosotros circunstancialmente nos vemos obligados a enfrentar.”

“Qué es la soledad?” “Es un reencuentro consigo mismo y no debe ser motivo de tristeza. Es un momento de reflexión.”

“You shouldn’t rush something that you want to last forever.”

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”

“If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from defeat.”

“Be a good heart.”

“If it is not here or now, it’s an illusion.”

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

“Things without all remedy should be without regard; what’s done is done.”

“Un pájaro posado en un árbol nunca tiene miedo de que la rama se rompa, porque su confianza no está en la rama sino en sus propias alas.”

“El mejor medio de comenzar cada día es pensar, al despertar, si en este día no podía dársele al menos a una persona una alegría. Si esto pudiera aceptarse en sustitución de la costumbre religiosa de la oración, los semejantes extraerían una ventaja de este cambio humano, demasiado humano.”

“Separarse de la especie por algo superior no es soberbia, es amor.”

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“Mi peor caña fue tomarte en serio.”

“The distance is not a problem. The problem is us humans who don’t know how to love without touching, seeing and listening.”

“There’s nothing we can take with us at the last moment. Instead, think of what you can leave for those who stay.”

“It is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

“La duda es uno de los nombres de la inteligencia.”

“En fin, en fin, la verdad padece pero no perece.”

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