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The Double The Double by José Saramago
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“Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Reading is probably another way of being in a place.”
José Saramago, El hombre duplicado
“لستُ مريضًا، كل ما في الأمر أن كل شيء يتعبني ويضجرني، هذه الرتابة الملعونة، التكرار، التشابه.”
José Saramago, The Double
“...sometimes we ask ourselves why happiness took so long to arrive, why it didn't come sooner, but appears suddenly, as now, when we've given up hope of it ever arriving, it's likely then that we won't know what to do, and rather than it being a question of choosing between laughter and tears, we will be filled by a secret anxiety to which we might not know how to respond at all.”
José Saramago, The Double
“We have an odd relationship with words. We learn a few when we are small, throughout our lives we collect others through education, conversation, our contact with books, and yet, in comparison, there are only a tiny number about whose meaning, sense, and denotation we would have absolutely no doubts, if one day, we were to ask ourselves seriously what they meant. Thus we affirm and deny, thus we convince and are convinced, thus we argue, deduce, and conclude, wandering fearlessly over the surface of concepts about which we only have the vaguest of ideas, and, despite the false air of confidence that we generally affect as we feel our way along the road in verbal darkness, we manage, more or less, to understand each other and even, sometimes, to find each other.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Costuma-se dizer, dêmos tempo ao tempo, mas aquilo que sempre nos esquecemos de perguntar é se haverá tempo para dar.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Such is our need to shower blame on some distant entity when it is we who lack the courage to face up to what is there before us.”
José Saramago, The Double
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“We all know that each day that dawns is the first for some and will be the last for others, and that for most people it will be just another day.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Every second that passes is like a door that opens to allow in what has not yet happened, what we call the future, but, to challenge the contradictory nature of what we have just said, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the future is just an immense void, that the future is just the time on which the eternal present feeds.”
José Saramago, The Double
“...a veces nos preguntamos por qué la felicidad tarda tanto en llegar, por qué no vino antes, pero si nos aparece de repente, como en este caso, cuando ya no la esperábamos, entonces lo más probable es que no sepamos qué hacer con ella, y la cuestión no es tanto elegir entre reír o llorar, es la secreta angustia de pensar que tal vez no consigamos estar a su altura”
José Saramago, El hombre duplicado
“O melhor caminho para uma desculpabilização universal é chegar à conclusão de que, porque toda a gente tem culpas, ninguém é culpado.”
José Saramago, The Double
“..there are times when it is best to be content with what one has, so as not to lose everything.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Contrary to what most people think, making a decision is one of the easiest decisions in the world, as is more than proved by the fact that we make decision upon decision throughout the day, there, however, we run straight into the heart of the matter, for these decisions always come to us afterward with their particular little problems, or, to make ourselves quite clear, with their rough edges needing to be smoothed, the first of these problems being our capacity for sticking to a decision and the second our willingness to follow it through.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Ao contrário do que julga o senso comum, as coisas da vontade nunca são simples, o que é simples é a indecisão, a incerteza, a irresolução.”
José Saramago, The Double
“We all know, however, that the enormous weight of tradition, habit, and custom that occupies the greater part of our brain bears down pitilessly on the more brilliant and innovative ideas of which the remaining part is capable, and although it is true that, in some cases, this weight can balance the excesses and extravagances of the imagination that would lead us God knows where were they given free rein, it is equally true that it often has a way of subtly submitting what we believed to be our free will to unconscious tropisms, like a plant that does not know why it will always have to lean toward the side from which the light comes.”
José Saramago, The Double
“The devil doesn't make plans, anyway, if men were good, he wouldn't even exist.”
José Saramago, The Double
“فهمت لماذا تضجر! لأنه لا شيء يجد قبولاً في نظرك ”
José Saramago, The Double
“Tanto é o que precisamos de lançar culpas a algo distante quando o que nos faltou foi a coragem de encarar o que estava na nossa frente.”
José Saramago, O Homem Duplicado
“All fate's reasons are human.”
José Saramago, The Double
“ إنَّ العيشَ وحيداً بالنسبة إلى الأمزجة الكئيبة، الهشّة عموماً، وقليلة الليونة، عقابٌ شديد القسوة، لكن ذلك، ولنعترف به، على إجهاده، لا يولّد المآسي المؤثرة إلا نادراً، مآسٍ من النوع الذي تقشعرُّ له الأبدان أو ترتعد له الفرائص. ما يحدث في أغلب الأحيان، إلى درجة لم تعد تدهش كائناً من كان، هو أن الناس يقبلون بصبر أن يسبروا بعناية أقلّ زوايا عزلتهم، كما تشهد على ذلك في ماض قريب أمثلة عامة، وإن كانت كتيمة، بل والتي عَرَفت في حالتين نهاية سعيدة. ”
José Saramago, The Double
“Cuanto más te disfraces más te parecerás a ti mismo.”
José Saramago, The Double
“It was said that one of them, either the actor or the history teacher, was superfluous in this world, but you weren't, you weren't superfluous, there is no duplicate of you to come and replace you at your mother's side, you were unique, just as every ordinary person is unique, truly unique.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Ao contrário do que em geral se pensa, tomar uma decisão é uma das decisões mais fáceis deste mundo, como cabalmente se demonstra pelo facto de não fazermos masi nada que multiplicá-las ao longo de todo o santíssimo dia, porém, e aí esbarramos com o busílis da questão, elas sempre nos vêm a posteriori com os seus problemazinhos particulares, ou, para que fiquemos a entender-nos, com os seus rabos por esfolar, sendo o primeiro deles o nosso grau de capacidade para mantê-las e o segundo o nosso grau de vontade para realizá-las.”
José Saramago, The Double
“But appearances, while not always as deceptive as people say.”
jose saramago, The Double
“Contrary to popular belief, the helpful words that open the way to great, dramatic dialogues are, in general, modest, ordinary, banal, no one would think that Would you like a cup of coffee could serve as an introduction to a bitter debate about feelings that have died or to the sweetness of a reconciliation that neither person knows how to bring about.”
José Saramago, The Double
“Estar de acordo nem sempre significa compartilhar uma razão, o mais costume é reunirem-se pessoas à sombra de uma opinião como se ela fosse um guarda chuva”
José Saramago, The Double
“Por no tener con quién hablar acabarán un día sin tener nada que decir.”
José Saramago, The Double
“ إن الأشياء تتحقق في الواقع بقدر أقلّ من الإطراء المبالغ فيه ”
José Saramago, The Double
“Infelizmente, el sentido común no siempre aparece cuando es necesario, siendo muchas las veces en que de su ausencia momentánea han resultado los mayores dramas y las catástrofes más aterradoras.”
José Saramago, El hombre duplicado
“Finding these events set down in the history book did not change her mind in the least, all the textbook did was collect together the free-flowing fantasies of the person who had written it, and there was clearly little difference between those fantasies and the ones you could find in a novel.”
José Saramago, The Double

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