(Versión en castellano)
- To mock Cervantes' character is to fall into
redundancy. You don't need to be a Quixote to justify your
existence. With not being part of the windmills would be
- I don't trust those who never have enough time
to establish a dialog. I don't trust those who read and write
in a lazy way. I don't trust those computer idiots who read
line-by-line and take more than one paragraph as a presumptuous
prose to justify that they are not able to catch the idea in a
speech. I'd spend some more time in telling you why but I
don't trust you.
- Salvador Dalí said that to be a good painter
you need to be a bit stupid. After twenty years dedicated to
the music I ended up thinking the same about being a good
musician. After more than half a life trying all kinds of
people I came to the same conclusion about being a good
- Living in the present: three days ago
you decided to turn left. The day before yesterday you took
the same decision, yesterday the same and the same today.
Without realizing it, after a long ride, you are now in the same
place as three days ago. But four days older.
- Even being his right-hand man he wasn't able to
shut up in front of the last arbitrary rule taken by the despotic
“But, general…, why?!”
“Culture is in our ideals,” answered the
- Fortunately, I've never witnessed it; being a
child I was told that if you tie a cord with a can to the tail of a
cat, the cat thinks that it's being chased and does not stop
running until it falls dead. I find interesting to look for
analogies in which a human being is the victim of this kind of
deceit, especially in my own life, aware that fear often nests in
ignorance. Surely I'd find more than one looking at the lives
of those who enjoy doing that to a cat.
- It's ever been unquestionable for me that the
subject is, by far, more interesting than the object. In
fact, if I had to leave right now the only I'd carry with me would
be the nice memories of those moments I've shared with others
without caring too much if working, dinning or playing cards.
As an illustrative example: I've never found any sense in having
sex with a prostitute. It'll seem a contradiction but—perhaps
deceived as anyone by what psychologists call “projection”—I feel
I'm talking objectively, from my own sane ambition and selfishness,
therefore I suppose I'm not more mature than those who see others
as simple utensils.
- Curriculum Vitae: even those who threw
the newborn baby into a dumpster experienced motherhood.
- Since reason is my law, being right does
nothing but frustrate me.
- Lots of sayings, even biblical proverbs,
discourage arguing with idiots. But don't follow this
strictly unless you enjoy talking to yourself the whole day.
- Arguing for or against any religion is a
nonsense—I assume everyone is able to understand this without
further explanation. But don't blame yourself if you fall
into this trap, it's not always easy to distinguish those who argue
to clarify from those who do it to sell. At the end of the
day, every argument ends up being swallowed by this “black hole”
that religion is. In a world where “Why” and “What for” are
conspicuous by their absence, headed by economy and seconded by
politics, religion rules as it pleases, in some cases disguised as
science, to look modern. We have enough history on our backs,
enough empirical evidence that it's barely been a platonic dream:
scientific thinking is never going to have the last
- Who really understands current global
status quo realizes that, in most cases, the constructive
option is to stop constructing.
- Distinguish the unnecessary to avoid useless
movements towards better effectiveness. That's to be
- “It's easier to think negatively,” I heard
someone to say. How does this theory explain most optimists
- I've lost count of how many tried to give me
life lessons and teach me humility at the same time, even within a
few minutes of meeting me!
- The myth tells us Prometheus stole the sacred
fire from the gods and gave it to his creation. Clearly he
didn't act with “forethought” and well deserved Zeus' punishment:
has there been man on Earth able to really benefit from power or,
at least, to live amicably with it?
- Unlike lawyers, politicians and people in
general, a philosopher doesn't speak or argue to defend himself or
his immediate benefit, it's not his goal to defeat an opponent, to
win. A philosopher confronts truths like a kamikaze,
aware that, whether renouncing worldly benefits or surrendering to
an enemy, achieving his goal always means losing.
- Your best friend was perhaps condescending;
hiding how repulsive it was for him to discover that you had your
own point of view, he simply pretended to listen.
- An inexperienced young man tries to advise
someone much older. After twenty years without seeing each
other, they meet again, and the old man, to put the other to the
test, reminds him of that talk. “I don't remember anything,”
replied the young man, “if you do, it's surely because my advice
- Masturbation passed from being considered sick
and shameful to embrace all aspects and levels of our
- Of course, in theory, everything done by
humanity can justly be considered part of what we call
culture. But what I personally and intimately prefer to
believe that culture is (or should be), lives only in the
consciousness of a few minds.
- P.S. to Hobbyists: surely many
programmers have experienced something similar (or analogous) to
what happened to the famous Guru with that printer in the
artificial intelligence laboratory at MIT years ago. But the
lack of freedom does not seem to affect most people.
- It's funny to hear from a scientist that this
or that species is at risk of extinction, even funnier are the
supposed ecological measures many people propose and implement in
this regard. For example, the case of a woman in Catalonia
who claims to be saving a native goat from the area by breeding it
on her farm and utilizing (commercializing) its meat and milk; “If
you want to save a species, eat it,” she argues. Not to
mention those who believe they're saving the dog by adopting it as
a pet or the owner of a castrated cat who believes to help prevent
abuse of animals by consuming soy burgers. Alas, my lost
androids of modernity! The increasing process of degradation
and destruction of life on this planet by our hands began thousands
of years ago, when we became sedentary; the belief that any idea or
measure born from us can reverse, slow down or palliate this
process comes from the same misconception that generates it in a
- “By their fruits ye shall know them,” said
Matthew. Who would need faith if this judgment were
- It has always happened to me that when I have
mastered a subject I don't need it anymore. God uses these
tricks to remind us that we have no power or authority over
anything. That's why it concerns me–despite I'm not too
old–the feeling that I'm starting to learn how to live.
- Do you want to play with advantage? Let
- God is a child. We are his toys.
- It doesn't matter how much money you
manage. Either stream or great river you'll just see the
water pass by.
- Not even a mother is unconditional. It's
all about how you live, you coexist, you negotiate. Someone
who in our eyes is intelligent in this sense may end up gaining our
trust or even our loyalty.
- My late mother used to say “Misery is not
poverty.” Above livelihoods, skills and circumstances, folk
knowledge condemns its neighbor for its psychology.
- Simply put, the way men distort the truth to
justify their vices and whims is disgusting.
- I think my wife and I have been good
parents. The proof is we decided not to have children.
- Logic doesn't solve problems but
abstraction. Amputating a leg simplifies your body but not
- How we're going to understand each
other! A sparrow is killed by captivity, a canary by
- Life taught me that to eat you have to kill,
as well as that, in general terms, the one who really does
the best for himself in the long run also benefits others.
- For the prize “to be right” they compete, so
they strut their knowledge in front of the audience.
Oblivious to my motives, it baffles them not to see me bark, growl
like them for that gnawed bone, they don't understand that for me
to win is to be wrong, to grant. Then, naked, in front of
myself, my prize is the Truth.
- This has been a recurrent situation in my
life: individuals who, not understanding me, have despised me,
belittled me or even expressed feeling "pity" for me. A
problem that is exhausted in itself has no solution, we can not
help but feel pity for those who suffer from it, however these
individuals have inspired me rather frustration.
- The most experienced blacksmith won't be able
to improve a hammer if he loses the notion of what it's useful
- As someone with a strong vocation at an early
age I realized that's not easy to find what you're looking
for. You can spend half a life digging just to find out there
is nothing there. So, even knowing that charlatanism and vice
reign in this world, I don't hurry to belittle what is offered to
me on the way.
- The pattern changes not a minute before or one
after but just when I begin to feel able to predict. And I
don't speak of a specific occasion, this has always happened to me
with everything throughout my life. How can I interpret this
recurring experience that's not like the pat on the shoulder of an
intelligent entity reminding me again and again that neither
science nor chance have the last word? For historical
reasons, as long as I can not think of a better one, God is a good
- It may be the opposite of what it seems to
be…, or vice versa. :-)
- Not a few confessed to me, some had to
overcome their pride in doing so, that they considered me a
genius. Others, I could say the rest, saw me and treated me
like a fool. Significant is there was no middle ground.
I usually don't pay attention to these popular ratings, but
thinking twice, maybe I should, especially because geniuses are
seen as fools by those who don't understand them. And because
those of genius and fool are not mutually exclusive
- After hurting yourself and failing again and
again, seeking pleasure in excesses, eventually you mature and
discover the pleasure of balance.
- It's true what a popular saying of my country
affirms: “Dios aprieta, pero no ahoga” (literally: God takes
you by the neck and squeezes, but not to the point of suffocating
you.) Isn't this a form of torture?
- I'm naked inside, that is the worst
- “Honest” are those who know how to lie.
- When you dream about making up with someone
you haven't seen nor been on speaking terms for years is because,
deeply in your mind, you're burying him alive.
- metastasis: man conquer outer space,
find and colonize other planets with life.
- “You are an asshole, like everyone else.”
“I'm an asshole, but not like everyone else.”
©From ~2007 to date - Walter Alejandro Iglesias