Monday, 27 August 2012

Hate? Why hate someone or something when we could be better than that?

The other day I was in youtube and I found a video of the last minutes from one of my favorite series's season finale episode. "Casi Angeles: La Resistencia" The episode ends with a Gandhi's quote, ("Uno obtiene aquello para lo que se hace digno")  and we know that most of his phrases were about not hating the others that are bad to us, but of forgiveness, love, peace, and of being better persons. This made me remember when I read the last book of Florencia Bonelli, an Argentinian author, "Caballo de Fuego Gaza". The Book stars also with a quote from Gandhi. And is really a thoughtful one. It makes us thing of what do we want from life, want we can give back to it, and how to live by.

"Ojo por ojo, y el mundo acabará ciego."
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

After that I star to look for more quotes about this man, and I tried to put some of them in here. The ones that I wrote down are all similar to each other, and gives us examples of life.

"Puesto que yo soy imperfecto y necesito la tolerancia y la bondad de los demás, también he de tolerar los defectos del mundo hasta que pueda encontrar el secreto que me permita ponerles remedio."

"La violencia es el miedo a los ideales de los demás."

"No hay camino para la paz, la paz es el camino." 

"Hate the sin, love the sinner."

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems”

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” 

 Here is the video I talked about. It's in Spanish, I hope that that won't be a problem for you guys. :) I't's a series from Argentina after all.

Love you guys, enjoy this post, and see you on the next.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

This world isn't perfect.... and we face it and we try to make it better

A week ago I was finishing reading the sixth book of the series Chicagoland Vamps from Chloe Neill, "Biting Cold". I will not tell you what it says, because I don't want to spoil the read if haven't read yet. But While I was traveling in Merit universe I heard her saying something that made me think about a lot of stuff about life. Well you know, every opportunity I have, I analyse a quote from something.
This particular quote, make me think about how we go about every day life, about haw much selfishness we may find in it. But also, how much unselfishness, how much solidarity, and above all how much love. Those thoughts led me to see that there is balance in every aspect of this world, and in every aspect of us. We are black and white, good and evil. We hate and we love, and all of it mostly in the same quantity.
This quote also talk about how we would like to do something but we need to do the opposite, even though we don't like it; because is the right thing to do. We try every day to make this world a better one.So here it is...

"We all have days when we feel small. Really small. Completely inadequate, but saddled with all this responsibility. (...) There are days when I would have to pull the cover over my head and say to hell with it. But I don't do that. And most people don't do that. Most people get up and do their jobs and work their asses off for no reward at all - but just so  they can get up the next day and do the whole thing over again. The world isn't perfect, and some days it wears you down. You can either accept that and face it, and be a help to others instead of a hindrance. Or you can decide that the rules are too tough and they shouldn't apply to you, and you can ignore them and make things harder for everybody else. Sometimes life is about being sad and doing things anyway. Sometimes is about being hurt and doing things anyway. The point isn't perfection. The point is doing it anyway. (...) You make a go of it, the hard way - one day at a time, and with patience"

OK, so what are your thoughts about this. I loved the book when I read it, and I love the context in which was make this speech, I just can say that was Merit the speaker. Tell me if you feel the same that her. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Choices, Freedom, Reality.... Life to be precise!

Hi there guy, here are a couple of quotes, that speak for themselves. We continue on the same line as the other posts, talking mostly of our choices. Suffice is to say that all of them lead us to think about our own lives a how we are living them. (By the way there are some quote in Spanish)

"The only reality you can control is the one you’re willing to face—and who would want to live in a reality that was controlled by someone else? It’s a cage, no matter how gilded. Every lie a person tell oneself forges another link in the chains that bind." (Fever Series)

"How much truth can you face? How free do you dare to be? If the choice is yours—and it is—wouldn’t you crave absolute freedom? The more clearly one sees that there’s nothing within, the more power one has to create whatever one wants without." (Fever Series)

"Todos buscamos la libertad, queremos ser libres. Una adolescente piensa ‘cuando crezca y no tenga que obedecer más a mis padres ahí si voy a ser libre’
¿Pero qué es ser libre? ¿No estar presos es ser libre? La libertad es peculiar, angustia tanto no tenerla, como tenerla. Ser libre a veces te llena de miedos.
Leí sobre el caso de un hombre que era asmático y que fue puesto preso. La paradoja es que en la cárcel se le fue el asma. En la cárcel no hay opción. La libertad te da miles de opciones. La libertad te obliga a elegir. Una libertad te obliga. Es una paradoja. Hay que estar preparado para reclamar libertad porque la podes conseguir. Ser liberado es como abrir los ojos a la luz después de mucha oscuridad. La libertad encandila, enceguece.
Libertad suena a no tener límites, pero en realidad ser libres es tener la libertad de moverse entre algunos límites. Libertad es mucho más que elegir, es hacerse cargo de esa elección. Es más fácil hacerle caso a alguien que hacerse caso a sí mismo, porque eso es ser libre, hacerte caso.
¿Quién queres ser? ¿Vas a hacerte cargo de lo que elegís? ¿Vas a elegir? Aunque no quieras, aunque no lo sepas, siempre elegimos. Estamos condenados a ser libres. Ser libres es ser esclavo de las consecuencias de tu elección. Otra paradoja. Y hacerte cargo de las consecuencias de tus elecciones te vuelve a liberar.
Todos buscamos la libertad. Habrá que hacerse cargo de lo que hiciste, lo que haces y lo que harás, y tener una vida condenadamente libre y plena de sentido." (Casi Angeles, La Resistencia)

"The whole world is in chess. Any move can be the death of you. Do anything except remain where you started, and you can't be sure of your end. None of us know our end, really, or what hand will guide us there. A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus," or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice." (Kingdom Of Heaven)

"The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution."(Harry Potter movies)

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."(Harry Potter movies)

"The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed."(Harry Potter movies) 

"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies." (Harry Potter movies)

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!" (Harry Potter movies)

"The time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy." (Harry Potter movies)

"It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but I know that there was all the difference in the world." (Harry Potter movies)

"Your life is defined by its opportunities... even the ones you miss." (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Buttom)

"It's not about how well you play, it's how you feel about what you play." (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Buttom)

"I have to do the best I can with what I have." (Batman: The Dark Knight)

"Sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes, people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded..." (Batman: The Dark Knight)

"You make your own luck..." (Batman: The Dark Knight)

"The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." (The Lion King)

"Everything begins with choice." (Matrix)

"Choice, the problem is choice." (Matrix)

"Life is like a box a chocolates, never know what you're gonna get." (Forest Gump)

"You have to do the best with what God gave you." (Forest Gump)

"It's not living as such that's important, it’s living rightly." (Immortal)

So.. what do you think about it? most of the quotes talk about the same, other no so much as the contradict one another. Like the ones talking about the truth of the lie.. You tell me what you think. Do you apply this concepts in your day to day life or not? It would be good to think about, after all, we don't read so many books and watch so many movies for nothing!!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Hi Again guys. To change a little the topic, but not to much, I bring to you something that is mulling around our society mind. Bulling. This is so horrible, and so common at the same time. We watch on TV advertisements about how to prevent it, when at the same time we watch movies that shown exactly how this is. But a lot of people don get that there are serious consequences to their actions, that they can hurt others permanently. I read a book that show us this. Is a YA book, called "Keep Holding On" by Susane Colasanti. It's a really good book. Also I happen to find a video on youtube, that is called " The Power Of Words" and show us how young people can hurt other is they don't watch and think what are the gonna say.

Right vs Wrong

Hi again guys. I have to catch up a little so I'm making another post already.
When you are addicted to books, you wanna read them no matter what, sometimes it doesn't matter how you get them either. We know there are a lot of e-piracy nowadays, and we know is not right. Even a lot of bloggers write about this topic in their blogs. I read a very simple a convincing explanation of why e-piracy is wrong in one blog (I will post the links to the posts at the end). That, led me to ask myself the famous two words: "What if".
What if you cannot get the book because you don't live where it was published and it doesn't go to your country?
What If you wanna buy an e-copy but the bookshop doesn't let you because the billing direction of your credit card is outside the specific country?
So what to do? we tried to do the right thing and buy the books, but we can't, so what are the options?
Here is when we face the dilemma of doing the right thing (dying because we can't read the book, well sort of. We don't really die. :p) vs taking the wrong path (downloading a pirate copy from the internet). Lucky for us, nothing in this world is black or white, we have shades of grey. In this case, a shade of gray could be to pay the book via credit card by the internet, but we need to write another billing direction. Don't get me wrong. If I wasn't really paying the book, the bookshop wouldn't let me do it. But no matter what, this is telling a lie.
So as they say, we are between the wall and a sharp place.
I find some quotes about right vs wrong, They are from the fever series by Karen Marie Moning and Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray:

"Most People are good and occasionally do something they know is bad. Some people are bad and struggle every day to keep it under control. Others are corrupt to the core and don’t give a damn, as long as they don’t get caught. But evil is a completely different creature. Evil is bad that believes it’s good"

"Evil isn't a state of being, is a choice."

"Nobody is perfect for battling evil. It’s seductive."

"The good guys and bad guys aren’t as easy to tell apart as I used to think they were. You can’t look at someone with your eyes and take measure. You have to look with the heart."

"In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice.  We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real.  We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself.  Because there’s an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time."

Maybe this quotes, don't fit exactly with the reality that I exposed, but they are close. 
Thinking about topics like this, one day I made myself a quote. I really hope you like it, because I try really hard when I write something down.

"We all have darkness within ourselves, but it’s the strength to fight it that defines us. Is what we do every day, the decisions we make, the things we think worth fighting for, what made what we are.
People have power, the power of create, destroy… the power of change reality, and It isn’t wrong or bad or perilous by itself. What makes it dangerous is how we use it. What we chose to do every little minute of our lives with it is what makes a difference; we are the ones who make a difference, because we chose to do it.
Nothing by itself is right or wrong!!!
The difference can be made. It is our call, our time and our place to make it.
So… Put your ass to work and do something for your world!!!!"

Here is from where I read the post, they are from the blog "Passionate Book Divas":

Monday, 20 August 2012

Our Actions Define Us

Hey I'm back, and with something that is new but no so new that can be consider as old. Is a quote of one  of my favorites book series. The fever series by Karen Marie Moning. This Phrase is a motto for me. I think is a way of facing life itself, of living day by day.
Life is hard and we know that, and everyone who read the books can tell you that Mac and Barrons don't let us forget that; not even for a second.
Because of that fact I guess that is really important, not what we say, but what we do when we need to makes decisions, when we need to choose. Because the how and the what are what define us.
so here is the quote.....

"It's our actions that define us. What we choose. What we resist. What we're willing to die for."

To make the post more interesting I'll also write down what Barrons said to this, because that quote was what Mac learn after her journey, but Barrons has tons of years of experience. After all, we don't know what he is, but we do know that he is Jericho Barrons and that he is immortal.

"Judge me by my action, I will show you in my actions, in the choices I make. Words are easy; lies as simple as parting your lips and breathing."

So... Tell me what you think about it