I hope that [. . .] you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever done before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes [. . .].

(From Neil Gaiman‘s Journal)

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The habit of reading


To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham, British writer (1874 – 1965)

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I am a poor devil and my name is Titivillus, I must each day bring my master a thousand sacks full of failings and of negligences in syllables and words.

(«Soy un pobre diablo y mi nombre es Titivillus, cada día debo llevar a mi amo mil sacos llenos de errores y descuidos en sílabas y palabras»).**

Anonymous, The Myroure of Oure Ladye

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**Traducción: M. L. Abalo

Little things

On the third finger of my right hand I have a great callus just from using a pencil for so many hours every day. It has become a big lump by now and it doesn’t ever go away. Sometimes it is very rough and other times, as today, it is as shiny as glass. It is peculiar how touchy one can become about little things. Pencils must be round. A hexagonal pencil cuts my fingers after a long day. You see I hold a pencil for about six hours every day. This may seem strange but it is true. I am really a conditioned animal with a conditioned hand.

John Steinbeck (American writer, Nobel Prize in Literature 1962)

«En el dedo corazón de mi mano derecha tengo un callo enorme, precisamente por usar el lápiz durante tantas horas al día. Se ha transformado en un gran bulto y no siempre desaparece. A veces está muy áspero, y otras, como hoy, está liso como el cristal. Es curioso cómo le pueden afectar a uno los pequeños detalles. Los lápices tienen que ser redondos. Un lápiz hexagonal me corta los dedos después de una larga jornada. Piense que tengo un lápiz en la mano durante unas seis horas al día. Puede parecer raro, pero es cierto. La verdad es que soy un ser condicionado por una mano condicionada.»*

John Steinbeck (escritor americano, Premio Nobel de Literatura 1962)

*Traducción: M. L. Abalo

Feliz día del libro

A good book is the precious life-blood of a masterspirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and such it must surely be a necessary commodity.

Penelope Fitzgerald, The bookshop

«Un buen libro es la preciada savia de un alma erudita, que deliberadamente se preserva y atesora para una vida más allá de la vida y, por tanto, debe ser un artículo de primera necesidad.»*

Penelope Fitzgerald, La librería

the bookshop/Fitzgerald

*Traducción: M. L. Abalo 

La rapidez y la imperfección

The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possesor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

«Todo el que tiene la capacidad de hacer las cosas con rapidez se siente muy orgulloso de ello, y no suele prestar atención a las imperfecciones de la ejecución.»*

Jane Austen, Orgullo y prejuicio


*Traducción: M. L. Abalo

Books are everywhere

Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.
Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.

Virginia Woolf, Street Haunting



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