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There must be more than a reason why I am picking up this quotations: I used very few in the chapters themselves and here I have chosen those who knowingly or not have illuminated my mind, or challenged me to try to follow their wisdom. In this never ending chapter, the hobby of seeking guidance from others is planned to continue till the last days of my life. I lately started to look for more, but absorved since early ages and perhaps forgot the wording of many great human beings or beings with humanity, like Albert Einstein. In this open ended venture I wonder without having an answer if what made sense to me will make sense to the grandchildren of my grandchildren. Sadly enough I may not be around to proof the hypothesis that what makes sense now will also make sense a in the XXII century, likes using Roman or Hebrew numbers by letters.

When having a name behind a quotation, I surely included it, but many are here out of its significance, without respecting the right of authorship, either by my own ignorance, or perhaps of my frequent usage. There may be a few that I thought to have invented, by just in case, I do not claim any copyright.

In short, you may analyze my personality to a certain extent by the choices of quotation I have made, I liked them and even tried or believed I tried to follow them.

In  this webpage, I have been selecting through the years many quotes that have inspired me in what I do or should be doing. At times, I have shared them with my children and in the last years specially with my grandchildren, and finding out that there are pare of our shared legacy. 


No pretende cambiar el mundo, pero el pedacito que me toco vivir, quiero hacer la diferencia


Se seleccionar tus batalllas, a veces tener paz es mejor que teer razon



Si el plan A y el plan B no funcionan, el alfbeto tiene 27 letras



La mente que se abre a una idea jamas regresa a su tamanio original, THE MIND THAT OPENS TO AN IDEA NEVER GOES BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL SIZE

Albert Einstein


El problema en este mundo es que los estupidos estan seguros de todo y los inteligentes estan llenos de dudas


Bertrand Russell


-לכל מראה נושן יש רגע של הולדת

נתן אלטרמן



אני בוחר ממי לעלבת לפני שלוקח ללב



No hay mal que por bien no venga= crisis, threat and opportunity, good for conflct resolution but also looking at growing rather aging, at long last………..


Hay una gran diferencia entre ser humano y ser un humano. Muy pocos la entienden

There is a big difference between a “human being” and “being human” .Very few people understand it.


“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
Elbert Hubbard


“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”
Jess C. Scott,


You cannot shake hands with a clentched fist,-Indira Gandhi


I can’t make peace/business with somebody I don’t know


Judge not a man by the quality of his answers but by the quality of his questions."



Be the change you want to see in the world
mahatma Gandhi


I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

Dr. Seuss

Read more here 


Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

Albert Einstein


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein


Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Albert Einstein


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Albert Einstein


The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein


The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything

about it.

Albert Einstein


Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein


Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein


Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Albert Einstein


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein

 It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein


Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Albert Einstein


The only source of knowledge is experience.

Albert Einstein


Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein


The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen
at once.

Albert Einstein


In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Albert Einstein


Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Albert Einstein


Remember how the Jewish sages valued human life when they said, "Whoever causes the loss of a single soul is as though he caused the loss of a whole world, and whoever saves one is as though he saved a whole world" (Mishnāh, Sanhedrīn 4:5). The Qur'ān sends exactly the same message: "If anyone slew a person . . . It would be as if he slew the whole mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole mankind" (Qur'ān 5:32).


Better to light a candle than curse the darkness, Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, 1961


found here

Cheats never prosper, half truth have a better chance

Litigation can impose an end to a conflict, but it does not establish a durable relation, friendship


Do as I say, not as I do

Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom

Half a loaf is better than no bread, but best is to expand the cake before you cut it

"Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it". – Chinese Proverb


By swallowing evil word, unsaid, no one has yet harmed his stomach, Winston Churchill

The opposite of love is  not hatred but indifference

Elie Wissel

“If we do not change direction we are likely to end where we are headed”

[Chinese proverb]


The question of primary orientation of learninglearning to know [cognitive]Learning to be [existential]Learning to do[practical]Learning to live together [community]

Birds born in cages believe flying is a crime!

zeina Baraka

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do it”

(Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


Inside our office, three stickers on the wall complete the picture of the photos on our door. This first quotes Mahatma Gandhi: “An eye for an eye will make us all blind”. The other two state: “We create more enemies than we can kill” and “We don’t teach not to kill by killing”. “When you have a big hammer, all problems look like nails”


The light at the end of the tunnel is often a locomotive running towards you

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

(Nelson Mandela)


 Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions

Albert Einstein

"A country does not have to be deemed fit for democracy.

Rather, it has to become fit through democracy"

Amartya Sen


Cuando la verdad despierta no se vuelve a dormir


Jose Marti [Cuban writer and heroe of Independence from Spain]

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not

stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

1. Be the change you wish to see in the world

2. What you think, you become

3. Where there is love, there is life

4. Learn as if you’ll live forever

5. Your health is your true wealth

6. Have a sense of humor

7. Your life is your message

8. Action expresses priorities

9. Our greatness is being able to remake ourselves

10. Find yourself in the service of others

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I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.

Joan Didion (1934 - )

I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.

Lord Brabazon (1884 - 1964)


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

We should use words, not stones, knives, or bullets as our means to counter the language of power and achieve freedom.

Mohammed Dajani

"There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen

“Violence is the behaviour of someone incapable of imagining other solutions to the problem at hand.”

Bruno Bettelheim


“Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.”

Joan Baez

“I oppose all violence because the good it does is always temporary but the harm it does is permanent.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Nonviolence is a Weapon of the Strong.”

Mahatma Gandhi

"All seems impossible until it is done"

Nelson Mandela

“Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.”

Malcolm X

“To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize and yet when it comes to the greatest crime—waging war on another state—they praise it...” Mozi (China 470-391 BC)

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.

English Proverb


In order to write about life, first you must live it!

Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961)


Paper is patient.

Dutch Proverb


Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen

in himself.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)


Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.

Robert Byrne


Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time. Cecilia Bartholomew


A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscious and his sense of duty.

Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)


First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.

Robert Cecil Day Lewis


For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck,

he will succeed.

Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961), in his Nobel Prize

acceptance speech


If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.

Stephen King (1947 - ), On Writing, p147


If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


Write what you like; there is no other rule. O. Henry (1862 - 1910)


It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them. Isabel Colegate

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people

can think.

Edwin Schlossberg

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.

Christina Baldwin

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

Pliny The Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)

Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991


If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.

Kinsgley Amis


...Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded...

Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)


 If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, , either write things worth reading, or dot hings worth writing

Benjamin Franklin [1706-1790]


Age is a mater of mind; if you don’t mind it does not mater.
Mark Twain Quotes


A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.

Edward de Bono


An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.

Edward de Bono


An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Edward de Bono


Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it.

Edward de Bono


Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

Edward de Bono


Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and

more interesting.

Edward de Bono


Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.

Edward de Bono


Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.

Edward de Bono


If you never change your mind, why have one?

Edward de Bono


If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd.

Edward de Bono


In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.

Edward de Bono


Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.

Edward de Bono


Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.

Edward de Bono


Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.

Edward de Bono


One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.

Edward de Bono


Opportunity ideas do not lie around waiting to be discovered. Such ideas need to be produced.

Edward de Bono


Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.

Edward de Bono


Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.

Edward de Bono


The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas.

Edward de Bono


The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

Edward de Bono


The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.

Edward de Bono


To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field.

Edward de Bono


Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.

Edward de Bono


We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence

of experience.

Edward de Bono


We may need to solve problems not by removing the cause but by designing the way forward even if the cause remains in place.

Edward de Bono


Traditional thinking is all about "what is" Future thinking will also need to be about what can be.

Edward de Bono


Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. It is concerned with the perception part of thinking. This is where we organise the external world into the pieces we can then ‘process’.

Edward de Bono

The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results.

Edward de Bono


Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.

Edward de Bono


Complacency with our traditional judgement based thinking methods is not enough. Our existing thinking habits are excellent just as the rear wheel of a motor car is excellent but not enough. We need to put far more emphasis on creative and design thinking. Judgement and analysis are not enough.

Edward de Bono


“Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.”

Nicole Kidman as Silvia Broome, The Interpreter


“One of the main reasons we listen poorly is because our internal noise levels are so turbulent and obtrusive that they mask most of what others are saying. Only bits and pieces of their message survive the barrage of our mental interference…Traditional approaches to listening improvement are usually ineffective because they come from a point of view of altering surface features instead of reshaping the foundation. If we are to end the suffering associated with not listening, we need to dig deeper to get to the source so change can take place.”

Rebecca Shafir, The Zen of Listening


“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the

tempting moment.”

 Benjamin Franklin


There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.

 Phyllis Bottome


That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.

Doris Lessing (via my Midd friend, Pij)


Write a wise saying and your name will live forever



I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.

Beryl Pfizer


If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten,
either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


The course of life in unpredictable, no one can write his autobiography in advance.

Abraham J. Heschel


There is no procedure for learning to write. What you must do, is learn to think.

S. Leonard Rubenstein, Pennsylvania State University, Chairman of the English Department, classroom lecture 1980

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!

Ingrid Bergman

We are always the same age inside.

Gertrude Stein 


It's not how old you are. It's how you are old. 

Jules Renard

Age is a mater of mind; if you don’t mind’ it does not mater 

Mark Twain


Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional! 

Walt Disney


Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

John Lennon



The past is gone, the future is uncertain, and NOW is the PRESENT, enjoy it!

Winnie the Pooh


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

Sophia Loren

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.

Bill Vaughan


Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent People Ignore.

Albert Einstein


We can't solve today's problems with the mentality that created them.

Albert Einstein


The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance

Albert Einstein

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

Desmond Tutu


Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.




You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.

Barack Obama


If somebody is different from you, that's not something you criticize, that's something that you appreciate.

Barack Obama


Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

Barack Obama


You have the ability and gifts to do whatever you want". It is your turn now to change the world. Yes we can!

Barack Obama


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy


There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

Dalai Lama

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

If you tell the turth, you don't have to remember anything

Mark Twain

Right now I'm having amnesia and déja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.

Steven Wright

Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.

Guy de Maupassant

Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.

Stephanie Meyer, New Moon

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don't go along with that. The memories I value most, I don't ever see them fading.

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.

Virginia Woolf

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

Friedrich Nietzsche

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

Karl Lagerfeld

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

Rita Mae Brown

People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't.

Chirstopher Paolini, Eragon

A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.

Mark Twain

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

Antonio Porchia

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.

Er Allan Po

I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes.

Vladimir Nabakov

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Thomas Campbel

Touch has a memory.

John Keats

When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

We are creating enemies faster than we can kill them.

you go your way, I'll go your way too.

Leonard Cohen

Never make decisions when you need to pee.

Leonard Cohen

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.

Leonard Cohen

There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn't.

Leonard Cohen

Love is the only engine of survival.

Leonard Cohen

I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. You abandon your masterpiece and sink into the real master peace.

Leonard Cohen

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