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Book Title: The Gospel According to García|
The author of the book: Ariel Dorfman
Date of issue: October 26th 2015
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"Remember that “to wait” in Spanish is esperar, and therein lies the root of esperanza, hope."
"He’d spoken about the silence of indigenous peoples, playing dumb, how they came to understand that no invader could ever really get the upper hand, no matter how fierce his face or strong his weapon or cunning his tricks if he didn’t know their language. Remember that, García said, smuggle yourselves inside the minds of people who are being subjected to an authority that they have not freely chosen, and remember what they’ve learned: you cannot really capture anybody until you have heard his voice. If you don’t want to be bottled up by your enemy, you know what to do."
"Never, ever apologize if you haven’t done anything wrong. No. 4 of García’s golden rules. Keep your sorrys and your excuse mes and your please forgive mes, above all keep your please, please forgive mes for the one moment in life when you’ll really need them, need those words."
"Loneliness is what should terrify you most, more than a slap or a kick or hunger even. And that’s when those words, please, please forgive me, will be all that separates you from the pit and swamp of the deepest despair. So don’t squander them on matters of no consequence. The world is cursed because people do not apologize for their sins or crimes or merely their cowardice, but it’s even more cursed because people apologize much too much—they use their regrets as a way of not really probing what they have done, as permission to persevere in their blindness, absolving themselves without having atoned or understood."
"When they praise you or suck up to you or proclaim the lie that you are the best, worthier than anyone else on this earth, beware. Always answer these accolades courteously, be compassionate toward those who have yet to be enlightened, but do not let their easy smiles or their fraudulent adulation lull you into complacency."
García says, "Remember that he who loves more in a relationship always ends up screwed." So, his class asks if that means that we should never love intensely, give ourselves entirely to another human being. "Another human being, García answered, now perfectly composed, a cause, a revolution, someone or something beyond us and above us and better than us—oh, I never meant that we should not surrender to forces more beautiful than our own small selves. Only that we must be aware, not be deluded about the sacrifices and losses that such a surrender may entail, be ready to pay the price. Think, think before you leap—and then leap, follow your heart. A thought that does not have emotion is empty; an emotion without action is bogus. But do not let others know everything you think, never surrender that, no matter how passionate you may be, how anxious for love. Always keep a little something back that is only yours, entirely, completely yours."
"I’ll give you all the best grade, each and every one of you, García had said the first time he returned an essay—a brief response to the question 'Is there any way in which misfortune can be welcomed or is it always to be abhorred?' It’s that, my young ones—everyone equally rewarded, or throw darts at names on a wall with a blindfold on and let the darts, each representing a different grade, determine who does better. I won’t collaborate, García said, in their attempt to get you to eat one another, to fight one another now so you can keep on fighting one another out there. I just won’t. So I’ll let you decide. What’s it to be, darts in an absurd and arbitrary and cruel universe or all for one and all for all?"
"Why is indifference worse than murder?"
I think García committed suicide because he hurt the person he loved, and he or she would not forgive him.
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Read information about the authorVladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.
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