Arabic Nobel

It was really nice to find some (a pretty limited number) Arabic books in Tompkins County Public Library here in Ithaca, NY.

Yesterday I have finished a novel I borrowed for the Egyptian Nobel laureat Naguib Mahfouz, one of the greatest novelists of all times and languages. As with most Mahfouz work I have read, the novel has two levels: the story and all its events, extremely realist, and parallely the philosophical insights behind the story as a whole and behind various apparantly “innocent” phrases throughout the book.

If you don’t read Arabic, try one of Mahfouz translated novels, and let me know what you find in and out of the experience.


I don’t always keep my promises. Well, only those that I make to myself. I have finished the book mentioned in my last post, and I wanted to write something about it, not really for “MY READERS”, probably non-existent in this new and inactive blog.

The point is, we read books, good or great, and… and that’s it! I have always longed for some better way to read, some method that would allow our soul and our mind to retain all the worthy intellectual nutrients.

One way that I think of is to rewrite about whatever has captured our attention, which is usually something of significance to us. Rewriting it is a way of practicing it, and, as we all know, practice is the way to master anything, be it physical or mental.

I’ve been losing so much of my time, and of my life! :(

Quotes from Donald Trump’s “How to Get Rich”


  • There are situations in which the only way up is out.
  • Learning is a new beginning we can give ourselves every day.
  • Learn something new, whether you think you’re interested in it or not.
  • It’s a big world. There’s lot we don’t know, which means there’s still a lot to be discovered and a lot to be accomplished.
  • Writing is a form of thinking, and so is speaking.
  • People who persist have courage, because often it’s a lot easier to give up.
  • He who looks outside his own heart dreams, he who looks inside his own heart awakens. Carl Jung
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. Einstein
  • Sometimes, rather than confronting a tyrant or a psycho directly, it’s more effective to keep the knowledge to yourself and proceed accordingly, behind the scenes.
  • Homework is required and there will be a test.
  • We can learn from our mistakes, but it’s better to learn from our successes.
  • There are no short cuts to anywhere worth going. Beverly Sills
  • The harder I work, the luckier I get. Gary Player
  • The way we dress says a lot before we ever say a word.
  • The sooner you understand the value of money, the more likely you are to possess large amounts of it.
  • Here is the golden rule of negotiating: He who has the gold makes the rules.
  • If you see the entire planet as an emerging market-which it is-you’ll discover that you’ve got a lot of homework to do every day.
  • Ideas are door openers, the first step. Without a first step, there won’t be any other steps to take you where you want to go.
  • I will study and prepare, and perhaps my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln
  • Quotes from “The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People” by David Niven


  • Knowledge isn’t going to track you down and force itself upon you.
  • You can spend incredible effort inefficiently and gain nothing. Or, you can spend modest efforts efficiently and be rewarded.
  • While you ultimately seek the final outcome, you still have to work piece by piece.
  • According to research, life satisfaction is 22 percent more likely for those with a steady stream of minor accomplishments than those who express interest only in major accomplishments.
  • Positive change in your life will not be finished today, but it can start today.
  • Write down the directions: If you were taking a complicated route out of town, you would write down the directions. But if you were considering the future path of you life, your goals, and what you needed to achieve them, you probably wouldn’t write any of it down.
  • Get experience any way you can.
  • Your success is far more dependant on your behavior now than it is based upon where you grew up, where you went to school, or whether your path so far has been easy or difficult.
  • Inadequate sleep reduces innovative thinking by 60 percent and flexibility in decision making by 39 percent.
  • BOREDOM IS THE ENEMY. When evaluating a job opportunity, don’t just worry about the salary and workload; investigate how much variety there is in the tasks you’ll perform.
  • People who are prone to use stereotypes in assessing themselves and others are 39 percent more likely to believe that opportunities are limited for others and themselves.
  • If you seek to lead, your ability will ultimately be measured in the successes of those around you.
  • When the top goes bad, then the rest of the organization goes bad.
  • Over eight in ten people will support their friends moving up beyond them, even support the advancement of peers who they are not friendly with, if they feel the promotion was based on achievements and ability.
  • Success in life is not a matter of getting everything. Success is a matter of getting what you need.
  • People who care do a better job in everything they do.
  • When asked to describe significant regrets in their lives, more than eight out of ten people focused on actions they did not take rather than actions they did. In other words, they focused on things they failed to do rather than things they failed at doing.
  • People who find their lives fulfilling care about those around them.
  • We need some stability in our lives to be able to function.
  • You can’t just change jobs to make yourself into a new person.
  • It’s easier to put off doing something difficult, and it’s comforting to tell ourselves that we’ll get around to it later. It makes today easier, but it makes tomorrow much more difficult.
  • Customers were 70 percent more likely to continue to do business in the store if they found the employees satisfied with their jobs.
  • Low levels of career interest are associated with low enjoyment of life overall and even greater dissatisfaction with family life.
  • Quotes from Donald Trump’s “The Way to The Top”

    • There’s no excuse for making the same mistakes that others have made.
    • Be honest with yourself and do what you are comfortable doing.
    • Ideas have consequences.
    • The 5 Ps: “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”
    • Keep a notebook where you log every mistake and every area where you think you could improve.
    • If you want to make $100,000 a year, all you have to do is find a hundred people who can make you $1,000 or a thousand people to make $100.
    • Be careful what you wish for, as you just may get it!
    • The man with the plan leads the way.
    • Talent is the seed for passion, since you tend to like the things you are good at.
    • A person who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person.
    • If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
    • There is nothing more stubborn than the facts.
    • Mistakes are a fact of life.
    • Do not rely on a single solution to solve a problem. Develop a parallel path that could be used in the event the original solution does not come to bear.
    • The guy on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
    • Take care of your own affairs or someone else will do it for you.
    • A decision made with perfect information is too late.
    • Use the DELETE button often.
    • In business and in life, you’re never done.

    Page 14 of 14« First...«1011121314