p.6
a.     I could change your life.
b.     A lot of women would like to be in your shoe.
c.     You’re young now, but wha...
because we are loved by god. We must be conscious of death if we are to have a
proper understanding of life. We must strug...
p.137
Experience has taught me that people only give value to a thing if they have, at some
point, been uncertain as to wh...
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  1. 1. p.6 a. I could change your life. b. A lot of women would like to be in your shoe. c. You’re young now, but what will become of you in a few years’ time? You need to think about making a longer-term investment. d. I’m married, but my wife… (This opening line can have various endings: … is ill, … has threatened to commit suicide if I leave her. e. You’re a princess and deserve to be treated like one. I didn’t know it until now, but I’ve been waiting for you. I don’t believe in coincidences and I really think we ought to give this relationship a chance. p.8 Who would dare destroy a billion-dollar industry involving advertisements, the sale of useless objects, the invention of entirely unnecessary new trends, and the creation of identical face creams all bearing different labels? p.26 She knows people who have achieved stardom on the stage and, contrary to her expectations, they’re not at peace with themselves; they’re insecure, full of doubts, unhappy as soon as they come offstage. They want to be actors so as not to have to be themselves, and they live in fear of making the one false step that could end their career. She knows three things: a. that men are less treacherous than women b. that they never notice what a woman is wearing because they’re always mentally undressing her c. that as long as you’ve got breasts, thighs, buttocks, and belly in good trim, you can conquer the world p.41 Would it be acceptable to destroy a universe in the name of greater love? p.47 see pdf files p.53 Finally, the script is almost ready. At this point, the producer draws up a list of demands: the removal of any political references that might upset a more conservative audience; more kissing, because women like that kind of thing, a story with a beginning, a middle, and an edn, and a hero who moves everyone to tears with his self-sacrifice and devotion; and one character who loses a loved one at the start of the film and finds him or her again at the end. In fact, most film scripts can be summed up very briefly as: Man loves woman. Man loses woman. Man gets woman back. Ninety percent of all films are variations on that same theme. p.62 This was an ambitious project, but she was sure she would achieve it if only through sheer doggedness. To do this she needed to purify her soul, and so she turned to the four forces that had always guided her: love, death, power and time. We must love 1
  2. 2. because we are loved by god. We must be conscious of death if we are to have a proper understanding of life. We must struggle in order to grow, but without falling into the trap of the power we gain through that struggle, because we know that such power is worthless. Finally, we must accept that our eternal soul is, at this moment, caught in the web of time with all its opportunities and its limitations. p.93 because we so rarely travel together. Besides, you know what I think a bout the world we live in: that we’re being suffocated by lies, encouraged to put our faith in science rather in spiritual values and to feed our souls with the things society tells us are important, when, in reality, we’re slowly dying because we know what’s going on around us, that we’re being forced to do things we never planned to do, and yet even so, are incapable of giving it all up and devoting our days and nights to true happiness, to family, nature, love. And why is that? Because we feel obliged to finish what we started, so that we can achieve the financial stability we need in order to enjoy the rest of our lives devoting ourselves to each other because we’re responsible people. I know you sometimes think I work too much but it’s not true. I’m building our future and soon we’ll be free to dream and to live out our dreams. p.99 Don’t assume they are all fans. Since time immemorial, men have believed that being close to something unattainable and mysterious can bring blessings. That’s why people make pilgrimages to visit gurus and sacred places. p.100 Too roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth Then took the other, as just a fair And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black Oh, I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way lead on to way I doubted if I should ever come back I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence Two reads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less travelled by And that has made all the difference 2
  3. 3. p.137 Experience has taught me that people only give value to a thing if they have, at some point, been uncertain as to whether or not they’ll get it. p.155 The celebrity syndrome. It can destroy careers, marriages and Christian values, and can blind both the wise and the ignorant. A few examples. Great scientists who, on being given an important prize, abandon the research that might have helped humanity and decide instead to live off lectures that feed both their ego and their bank balance. The Indian in the amazon jungle who, on being taken up by a famous singer, decides that he’s being exploited for his poverty. The campaigner for justice who works hard defending the rights of the less fortunate, decides to run for public office, wins the election, and subsequently considers himself above the law, until he’s discovered one day in a motel room with a prostitute paid for by the taxpayer. p.199 She was Ewa’s only Russian-speaking friend. She was alone. She had marital problems, according to the psychologist employed by the surveillance agency, she was ideally placed to obtain the desired information. He knew that Ewa hadn’t yet adapted to her new life, and what could be more natural than to share her intimate thoughts with another woman in similar circumstances, not in order to find a solution, but simply to unburden her soul. p.229 We all carry around in us a great destructive power. There are many reasons for this: wanting to put the world to rights, to get revenge for something that happened in your childhood, to vent one’s suppressed hatred of society, but whether consciously or unconsciously , everyone has felt that desire at one time or another, even if only in childhood. p.242 He has finally understood that you cannot search out happiness at any price. Life has given him all it could, and he’s beginning to see just how generous life has always been to him. Now and for the rest of his days, he will devote himself to disinterring the treasures hidden in his suffering and enjoying each second of happiness as if it were his last. p.243 The Superclass tries to promote its values. Ordinary people complain of divine injustice, they envy power, and it pains them to see others having fun. They don’t understand that no one is having fun, that everyone is worried and insecure, and that what the jewels, cars and fat wallets conceal is a huge inferiority complex. p.248 Carry on, even if you’re not sure now of what you’re doing. God moves in mysterious ways and sometimes the path only reveals itself once you start walking it. 3

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