Thursday, November 30, 2006


Bravo - I managed to avoid doing the tango last night. This is a significant achievement , my tango lesson last November was singularly emasculating. Instead I joined a few new friends in a parrilla and plenty of drinks afterwards.

At one outside cafe, I bought four handmade cards, each with a quotation by a well-known author, poet or philosopher in Spanish. Thankfully, one of my new friends is fluent in Spanish, so he has provided translations :

...Nadie pierde sino lo que no tiene y no ha tenido nunca, pero no basta ser valiente para aprender el arte del olvido...
(No man loses except that which he doesn´t have an has never had, but being brave is not enough to learn the art of forgetting.)

No ha de ser el miedo a la locura lo que nos obligue a bajar la bndera de la imaginacion.
(It mustn´t be the fear of insanity which obliges us to lower the banner of the imagination.)

Hay hombres que luchan un año y son buenos , hay otros que luchan dos años y son mejores , hay quienes luchan mucho tiempo y son muy buenos, pero están los que luchn toda la vida , esos son los imprescindibles.
(There are men who fight for on year and they are good ; there are others who fight two years and they are better ; there are those who fight for a long time and they are great but those who fight their whole life - those are the indispensable ones.)

Andábamos sin buscarnos, pero sabiendo que andabamos para encontrarnos.
(We wander without searching, but knowing that we wander to discover ourselves.)



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