Few more book notes

… as I finished “The life of Pi” (the rest of the notes here)

– on fear:

“It is life’s true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary […] It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy.”

“So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”

– on faith

“Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love – but sometimes it was so hard to love.”

“Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe ask any believer.”

– simple life principle, but nice to read it again

“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

– re-inventing life

“Isn’t telling about something […] already something of an invention? Isn’t just looking upon this world already something of an invention? […] The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make a life a story?”

– and this one put a big smile on my face.

a whale:
“Oh! It’s that castaway with the pussy cat Bamphoo was telling me about. Poor boy. Hope he has enough plankton. I must tell Mumphoo and Tomphoo and Stimphoo about him. I wonder if there isn’t a ship around I could alert. His mother would be very happy to see him again. Goodbye, my boy. I’ll try to help. My name is Pimphoo.”

Rise and shine!

Every morning I take the subway to go to the office, but lately I have the feeling that I’m traveling in a moving library. More and more people are reading books. It seems the popularity of newspapers is slightly decreasing. Young or middle-aged men and women, either standing or seated are all captivated by the universe of their volume. Some even are getting in the train with the book already open.
So I was very curious… what readings can be so fascinating in the early morning? … and when I could see the titles I wrote them down. Here is the list after two weeks of “spying” on my fellow travelers:

Oops.. my stop… I have to get off… Happy reading everyone!
PS I didn’t count “The Fiscal Procedure Code” saw it in the hands of a woman, because I don’t think it was leisure lecture, but more likely a quick review for an exam. Or… maybe not?
 
UPDATE: While making the above list a great campaign was happening: Urbanreadings, as a reaction against the popular Romanian saying “nobody is reading these days”. Organized by bookblog.ro and civika.ro Urban readings had the exact purpose… to promote reading. It was a special and secret campaign the details being delivered only to the ones who registered to take part. After the action ended (June 15th) the impressions were shared (What are people doing in the subway? – in Romanian)
So having my book with me… I was a volunteer without knowing! 🙂 But besides sharing the joy of this awesome synchrony it was great to be part of such community spirit. Great initiative guys and many more to come!!
PS Weeks after the campaign I’m still adding titles on my list. Yes, I know… bad, bad habit! I ask forgiveness! 🙂