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Favorite quotes:

THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF TRUTH: THE TRUTH THAT LIGHTS THE WAY AND THE TRUTH THAT WARMS THE HEART. THE FIRST OF THESE IS SCIENCE, AND THE SECOND IS ART... WITHOUT ART, SCIENCE WOULD BE AS USELESS AS A PAIR OF HIGH FORCEPS IN THE HANDS OF A PLUMBER. WITHOUT SCIENCE, ART WOULD BECOME A CRUDE MESS OF FOLKLORE AND EMOTIONAL QUACKERY.
Raymond Chandler

ONE OF THE TRAGEDIES IN LIFE IS NOT GETTING WHAT YOU WANT; THE OTHER IS GETTING IT.
Oscar Wilde

AMERICA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT WENT FROM BARBARISM TO DECADENCE WITHOUT CIVILIZATION IN BETWEEN.
Oscar Wilde

IT'S HARD TO SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE WHEN SURROUNDED BY TURKEYS.
Anonymous

NOTHING IS WORSE THAN ILLITERATES WHO CAN READ AND WRITE.
Sergiu Celibidache

SADNESS IS INFINITE, HAPPINESS IS NOT.
Brazilian song

SOLITUDE IS A WONDERFUL THING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE.
William Blake (via Roberto Benigni)

FRIENDSHIP, ACCORDING TO PROUST, IS THE NEGATION OF THAT IRREMEDIABLE SOLITUDE TO WHICH EVERY HUMAN BEING IS CONDEMNED.
Samuel Beckett

LIFE IS A TRAGEDY FOR THOSE WHO FEEL AND A COMEDY FOR THOSE WHO THINK.
Chinese wisdom

THE NOBLER A MAN IS, THE HARDER FOR HIM TO SUSPECT BASENESS IN OTHERS.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

ONE SHOULD DIE YOUNG AND HEALTHY, BUT DO IT AS LATE AS POSSIBLE.
Chinese wisdom

THE REASONABLE MAN ADAPTS HIMSELF TO THE WORLD. THE UNREASONABLE ONE PERSISTS IN TRYING TO ADAPT THE WORLD TO HIMSELF. THEREFORE, ALL PROGRESS DEPENDS ON THE UNREASONALBE MAN.
George Bernard Shaw

THOSE WHO KNOW NOTHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES KNOW NOTHING OF THEIR OWN.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPIDITY.
New York sidewalk graffiti

PRIDE IS THE CRUTCH OF THE INSECURE.
From the movie Just Married

NONE ARE MORE HOPELESSLY ENSLAVED THAN THOSE WHO FALSELY BELIEVE THEY ARE FREE.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

HISTORY IS A CATASTROPHE RECOUPED AS A STORY OF STYLISTIC CONNECTIONS.
Anonymous



Favorite films:

LA FEMME DU BOULANGER (France)

A MAN AND A WOMAN (France)

MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE (France)

JEAN DE FLORETTE, MANON DES SORCES (France)

GERMINAL (France)

LES MISERABLES (France)

LES RIPOUX (France)

LE PLACARD (France)

BABETTE'S FEAST (France/Denmark)

THE BICYCLE THIEF (Italy)

CARO DIARIO (Italy)

IL POSTINO (Italy)

CINEMA PARADISO (Italy)

MALENA (Italy)

CIAO, PROFESSORE (Italy)

LA VITA E BELLA (Italy)

BLUE, WHITE, RED (Poland/France)

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (USA)

RAGTIME (USA)

READY TO WEAR (USA)

GUANTANAMERA (Cuba)

STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE (Cuba)

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (Mexico)

BUTTERFLY (Spain)

301/302 (Korea)

AFTERLIFE (Japan)

SHALL WE DANCE? (Japan)

RED FIRECRACKER, GREEN FIRECRACKER (China)

THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA (China)

RAISE THE RED LANTERN (China)

ERMO (China)

THE EMPEROR AND THE ASSASSIN (China)

NOT ONE LESS (China)

SHOWER (China)

AND THE WIND WILL CARRY US... (Iran)

YI-YI (Taiwan)

THE ROAD HOME (China)

THE WAY HOME (Korea)

L'ANGLAISE ET LE DUC (France)

LE VIEUX FUSIL (France)

THE PIANIST (Poland)

DOGVILLE (USA/Denmark)


 
   
 
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