Jose Saramago

Portugal
16 Nov 1922 // 18 Jun 2010
Writer

Making a Decision

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.

Josť Saramago, in 'The Double'
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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