The meeting of the two writers

The meeting of the two writers

Read carefully this note that I found, in one of its editions of 1834, in The Instructor (1). I think it will make him laugh ... although the best thing would be to make him think. And the best. that the two things happened to him: The story says thus:

The two writers

coincidentally coincided in a way two subjects that after asking the one to the other they knew that they were going to the same point. So they decided to continue together what was left of march.

Soon they were linked in a lively talk and such was the empathy that arose among them who ended up confessing each other that They were writers.

The march continued, the lively conversation continued, the camaraderie grew between them and, finally, one said to the other:

- "'Friend, it is not surprising that, an excellent work of mine that I just published and that should have brought me to fame, it is very good, only half a dozen of them have been sold. copies. "

-" Terrible misfortune is that, "replied the other," but friend do not complain, I would exchange my luck with you, because an execrable work has just been published. about me in which they put me like a rag and it has been such a success ... that I think they are going to do a second edition. »


Not complaining, not feeling sorry is always more Useful than regretting one's own fate.

We have seen it many times before. Complaining is as frequent as inane. And yet, it remains a habitual behavior in many of us.

If something bad happens to us-unless it's serious enough to need help from a professional-never, never, never, we'll expose the people in general, our misfortunes. Rememor - or review the aphorism of Gracián: Never complain , if you do not remember it - what was said about the complaints we expose to others, because usually, nor find comfort in what we tell strangers and yes, many times, mockery, satisfaction of others or incomprehension in them. (2)

Miguel Villarroya Martín , March 13, 2016/Madrid. Spain/Fab.012/


(1) View in: "The Instructor or History Repertoire, Fine Arts and Arts, which was a magazine that was published in Spanish in London, back in the thirties of the nineteenth century. (I regret not having annotated the page and the month of edition of this story, in that magazine.) I searched for it in the March 1834 issue, which was where I thought it was, but it's not there, I'm sorry!

Many of the The Instructor numbers can be found in the digital library of the National Library of Spain, whose effort to digitize their immense funds is commendable.

(2) See: Aphorism 129 Never complain. From this postcard I remind you of your note 2: «Many centuries later, HN Casson warned, with a certain sarcasm, that: When you feel tempted to tell someone about your misfortunes, do not do it! Half of those who tell you will not care about their mishap, and the other half will be glad that someone, finally, you have given him your deserved . »

(3) The image used corresponds to the header of the quoted magazine.

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