Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

“I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know that I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger


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Memorize your favourite poem.

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No Te Amo

Soneto XVII

No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio
o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego:
te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras,
secretamente, entre la sombra y el alma.

Te amo como la planta que no florece y lleva
dentro de sí, escondida, la luz de aquellas flores,
y gracias a tu amor vive oscuro en mi cuerpo
el apretado aroma que ascendió de la tierra.

Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,

Sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,
tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,
tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.

– Pablo Neruda

Instructions for life.

        • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
        • Memorize your favourite poem.
        • Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
        • Believe in love at first sight.
        • Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
        • Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it is the only way to live life completely.
        • In disagreements, fight fairly.
        • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
        • Call your mom.
        • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
        • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
        • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps.
        • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
        • Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
        • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
        • Read more books and watch less TV.
        • Trust in God but lock your car.
        • Read between the lines.
        • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
        • Be gentle with the earth.
        • Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
        • Mind your own business.
        • Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t close their eyes when they kiss you.
        • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
        • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
        • Learn the rules then break some.
        • Remember that your character is your destiny.
        • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
        • To handle yourself, use your head.
        • To handle others, use your heart.

Lost in translation.

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sau·da·de
do latim solitas, solitatis

memória ou recordação de pessoas, familiares ou objetos lembrança de pessoas ou coisas distantes ou não mais existentes

In my opinion, the best thing about being multilingual is that it enables you to express concepts, or in this case a feeling, that you (I) didn’t even know you (I) were (was) actually feeling before you (I) had a word for it.

Trading places with an angel know.

“Even though I’m not anymore, I used to be an atheist,  which means I didn’t believe in things that couldn’t be observed.  I believed that once you’re dead, you’re dead forever, and you don’t feel anything, and you don’t even dream.  It’s not that  I believe in things that can’t be observed now, because I don’t.  It’s that I believe that things are extremely complicated.”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

I admit that a 9-year old fictional boy in a book
puts my feelings into words better than I ever could.

***

“Sad? Over.” “Sure. Over.” “Hold on,”

“What about a teakettle? What if the spout opened and closed when the steam came out, so it would become a mouth, and it could whistle pretty melodies, or do Shakespeare, or just crack up with me? I could invent a teakettle that reads in Dad’s voice, so I could fall asleep, or maybe a set of kettles that sings the chorus of ‘Yellow Submarine’, which is a song by the Beatles, who I love, because entomology is one of my raisons d’être, which is a French expression that I know.”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer


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Hacia dónde señala el dedo de Colón?

As we’ve learnt from Amélie:

“quand le doigt montre le ciel, l’ imbécile regarde le doigt”
(when a finger is pointing up to the sky, only a fool looks at the finger).

That’s probably the reason why – standing in front of this impressive statue –
i ended up asking myself: what is Columbus pointing at?

Well, here we go:
America is in the opposite direction and it’d look kind of
ridiculous
having him point to a mountain right?
Turns out that he’s actually just pointing to the ocean. 🙂

Note to self: Read Geometría para turistas – Claudi Alsina