Clippings

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El Kindle tine una función, en la que extrae una cita del libro que estés leyendo y la pone en otro archivo, llamado "MyClippings.txt". Estas son algunas de las que estaban en mi archivo. Muchas están en inglés, no las voy a traducir... c'est la vie!



Sobre poner las manos en el fuego:

Porsena inició entonces un paciente asedio de Roma, ya que había fracasado en el intento de tomar la ciudad por sorpresa. Se cuenta otra historia sobre los sucesos que lo indujeron a levantar el sitio. Un joven patricio romano, Cayo Mucio, se ofreció como voluntario para abrirse camino hasta el campamento etrusco y asesinar a Porsena. Fue capturado y se le amenazó con quemarle vivo si no informaba en detalle de lo que sucedía en Roma. El joven romano, para mostrar cuan poco temor sentía de ser quemado, colocó su mano derecha en un fuego cercano y la mantuvo pacientemente en él hasta que el fuego la hubo consumido. En adelante recibió el nombre adicional de Escévola, que significa «zurdo». Porsena, sigue la leyenda, quedó tan impresionado por este increíble heroísmo que desesperó de tomar una ciudad poblada por tales hombres. Por ello negoció la paz y se marchó sin colocar a Tarquino el Soberbio nuevamente en el trono.

La república Romana (Isaac Asimov)


Por qué las pelis de Disney son tan tristes:
"To every laugh, there must be a tear." -Walt Disney.


"In the context of people copying your work, he says: “ The real threat isn ’ t piracy. It ’ s obscurity. ” -Cory Doctorow


(Cuando predominaba una particular variedad de creencia, se convertía en «ortodoxia» —que significa «pensamiento recto» en griego—, mientras que las otras eran «herejías», de una palabra griega que significar «elegir por uno mismo»).

-Historia universal de Asimov (Isaac Asimov)


The religious school she went to, growing up, Ms. Wright said how all the girls had to wear a scarf tied to cover their ears at all times. Based on the biblical idea that the Virgin Mary became pregnant when the Holy Spirit whispered in her ear.

-Snuff (Chuck Palahniuk)


«Cada cual es como Dios lo hizo y, a veces, peor».

El Capitán, me dijo que, sin importar que un día muera, como es predecible, mientras esté vivo soy inmortal.

Los hombres —pensé— cambian tan poco, siguen siendo tan ellos mismos, que sólo existe una historia de amor desde el principio de los tiempos

Venía del árabe Al Emir Bahr que se traduce como el jefe del mar. De allí se originaba almirante.

No creía en los hombres como especie pero daba siempre a cada uno la oportunidad de probarle que estaba equivocado.

Empresas y tribulaciones de Maqroll el Gaviero (Alvaro Mutis)


“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” -Adam Smith



“Religion”comes from the Latin word religio meaning to bind together

In Mandarin,“the daybefore yesterday” was translated as “the day in front”—qiantian— and the day after tomorrow was “the day in back”—houtian-. In Chinese, the speaker faced the past, while keeping his back to the future

Chinese had an idiom, Hunshuimoyu: you muddied the waters first, and only then did you feel around for the fish

Cheaply Made In China


Cuando tratamos con la gente debemos recordar que no tratamos con criaturas lógicas. Tratamos con criaturas emotivas, criaturas erizadas de prejuicios e impulsadas por el orgullo y la vanidad.

Cómo Ganar Amigos e Influir Sobre las Personas (Dale Carnegie)


There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do. -
Linchpin (Seth Godin)


This is a fundamentally different statement from, "I did well in school and therefore I will do a great job working for you." The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you are good at school


School expects that our best students will graduate to become trained trigonometricians. They'll be hired by people to compute the length of the hypotenuse of a certain right triangle. What a waste

Adams, Douglas - Last Chance To See


A second point of comparison is the principle of the polygyny threshold, which is found in many species of birds. Female songbirds will choose to be the first mates of males who offer the best territories and resources until all the best males have been chosen. Once that happens, female songbirds will choose to be the second mate of a high quality male rather than the single mate of a lesser bird. And in fact, the offspring of the males chosen first do tend to do better than the offspring of the males chosen later, and the higher-status males are also the first males to acquire second mates.



Le abrazo fuerte y noto que ella se refugia en un hueco de mi cuerpo desconocido por mi hasta ese momento: me refiero a ese hueco donde los niños perdidos encuentran la paz: ese hueco donde los nerviosos encuentran la tranquilidad: yo no sabía que tuviera ese hueco en mi cuerpo: yo siempre he querido estar en ese hueco del cuerpo de otra persona: por lo que ahora veo yo soy un portador de ese hueco: y los portadores de ese hueco no pueden encontrar un hueco para ellos: es una maldición.

Diarios secretos de sexo y libertad (Rafael Fernández)


No human ever became interesting by not failing.

The Nerdist Way (Chris Hardwick)


The famous secret societies, or as they should probably be called, the open-secret societies, since true secrecy would defeat their purpose. There’s no point in excluding people unless they know they’ve been excluded.


It’s not the things we don’t know that hurt us, it’s the things we think we know that are wrong.

-Charles Foster on Living Prudently


Or do we juinto two forms, the avant-garde and the kitsch. This account is by now familiar: avant-garde art was difficult art, art about art, art that demanded work; kitsch was “trash” or “crap,” commercial or popular art, art that demanded no work at all. Kitsch was a product of the industrial revolution, which brought the working classes into the cities and exposed them to high culture. It was what happened to art when even poor people learned to read and when manufacturing technology became advanced enough that they too could have books and gadgets and other commodities. It was culture debased. It was “vicarious experience and faked sensations.” It pretended to demand nothing, and for precisely that reason it would take your soul.

Because they are both art about art and art about mass-produced art, art about universally accessible art, the imitation of imitating-under-capitalism. Loving kitsch makes us feel deviant, but we know it is more likely to increase our social capital than to damage it. Kitsch is sexy. We are aficionados of the avant-garde, but kitsch is also our game.


"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.” ― Leo Buscaglia

"You're a shark. Sharks are winners, and they don't look back because they have no necks. Necks are for sheep. "

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

"Muchos refriegan el fierro, pero pocos levantan filo".
-José Hernández "Instrucción del Estanciero",

The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own free acts. - Marcus Aurelius

"We learn from history that we never learn anything from history." -Friedrich Hegel

"Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes; there is to much fraternizing with the enemy."
Henry Kissinger

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -Mohandas Gandhi

"Only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in a web of duty."

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - CS Lewis

"With each passing day, the world finds new and exciting ways to kill a man." ~ Ffamran Mid Bunansa

"Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas? " -Stalin

All generalizations are false, including this one.


“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often”

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” - Mark Twain

“Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” -Karl Marx

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” -Neil Gaiman

Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.”
-Joseph Conrad

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” -Voltaire

The problem with saying that people get their ideas about what the government does from movies is that the underlying assumption is that the government doesn't get them from the same place.

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

-Arthur Conan Doyle

“No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close”

“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”

It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.

-Chuck Palahniuk

"A non-smoking section in a restaurant is the same as a non-peeing section in a swimming pool."

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin

"Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it." - R. Feynman.

"I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me."

In the sixties, normal people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take prozac to make it normal.






El Cid Campeador

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

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