6 short stories by Anthony de Mello


The walls that imprison us are mental, not real.
A bear was constantly moving up and down the six meters in length of the cage.
When, after five years, they took him out of the cage, the bear continued to travel up and down the same six meters, as if he were still in the cage …
… And it was … For him …


Our enemies are not those who hate us, but those we hate …
A former inmate from a Nazi concentration camp went to visit a friend who had shared with him such a painful experience.
– “Have you already forgotten the Nazis?”, He asked his friend.
– “Yes,” he said.
– “Well, I don’t. I still continue to hate them with all my soul. ”
His friend said to him calmly:
– “So … you’re still a prisoner” !!!


Most of the time, the flaws that we see in others are our own flaws.
“Forgive me, sir,” said the shy student, “but I was unable to decipher what you wrote to me in the margin of my last exam …”
“I was telling you to write in a more legible way”, replied the teacher!

Most of the time, the defects that we see in others are our own defects.
“Forgive me, sir,” said the shy student, “but I was unable to decipher what you wrote to me in the margin of my last exam …”
“I was telling you to write in a more legible way”, replied the teacher!


The power of fear
The Plague was on its way to Damascus and passed quickly by the tent of the head of a caravan in the desert.
– “Where are you going in such a hurry?”, the chief asked him.
– “Damascus. I plan to claim a thousand lives. ”
On the way back from Damascus, the Plague passed by the caravan again.
Then the chief said to him:
– “I already know that you claimed 50,000 lives, not the thousand that you said!”
– “No,” replied the Plague, “I only covered a thousand lives. The rest was taken by the Fear. ”


An old man said that he had only complained once, in his whole life. That was when he went barefoot and had no money to buy shoes. Then, he saw a happy man who had no feet. And he never complained again.


The philosopher Diogenes was eating lentils when he saw the philosopher Aristipo, who lived, comfortably, on the basis of flattering the king. And Aristipo said to him:
“If you learned to be submissive to the king, you wouldn’t have to eat that lentil rubbish.”
To which Diogenes replied:
“If you had learned to eat lentils, you would not have to flatter the king”.

Have a great day.
Based on the PowerPoint presented by Nanda and adapted by Ias.

Did you knew?

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People who ride roller coasters are more likely to have a blood clot in the brain.
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People with blue eyes see better in the darkness.
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Money is not made of paper, but of cotton.
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A small amount of alcohol in a scorpion will make it go crazy instantly and sting itself to death.
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Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
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A huge underground river flows under the Nile, with six times more water than the upstream.

The USA uses 29% of the world’s gasoline and 33% of the world’s electricity

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Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear 700 times.
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The animal responsible for most human deaths worldwide is the mosquito.
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Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
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We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.
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Our nose is our personal air conditioning system: it heats cold air, cools hot air and filters out impurities.
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Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has more than 100 billion nerve cells.
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When a person dies, hearing is usually the first sense to be lost.
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German shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dogs.
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The eye pupil expands 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasant.
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The sound you hear when you snap your fingers is actually the sound of bubbles of nitrogen gas exploding.
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The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It absorbs oxygen directly from the air.
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It cost $ 7 million to build the Titanic and $ 200 million to make a film about it.

Oh mom, is school far?

The children of Gulu, in China, need to walk for 5 hours along the side of cliffs, on a trail that in some places does not exceed 50 centimetres in width, in order to reach their school.
Children from the village of Zhangguying in China, to go to school, climb wooden stairs without any protection.
Children and their relatives use an ice path to reach the Zanskar boarding school in the Indian Himalayas.
Male and female students cross a ruined suspension bridge in Lebrak, Indonesia
Children forced to go to school through a steel cable suspended more than 800 meters above the Rio Negro in Colombia
Riau’s children in Indonesia go to school by canoe.
A crossing over the molded roots of giant trees next to Mawsynram, the rainiest village in the world.
A girl going to school on the back of a buffalo in Myanmar (Burma).
A tuk-tuk, a 3-wheel vehicle, picks up and drives students in Beldanga, India.
A father and his daughter cross a broken bridge under the snow in Dujiangyan in China’s Sichuan province.
Young students traveling on the roof of a boat in Pangururan, Indonesia.
Young girls pass on a board perched on a 16th century wall in Sri Lanka.
A cart loaded with students in Delhi, India.
Young girls cross a river on a bamboo raft in the village of Cilangkap in Indonesia.
Children and adults using a path of more than 200 km through the mountains to reach the boarding school in Pili, China.
Students crossing a river holding a rope in Padang, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Children crossing a river over inner tubes in Rizal, Philippines.
We congratulate the work of the photographers for these magnificent photos and we are fascinated by the courage shown by these children who risk their lives to reach the banks of the School.
Were you not impressed with these young students prepared for everything so they can quench their thirst for learning?
Fantastic isn’t it?
But in Portugal parents often do not support that their children have to walk 100m on foot !!! …

Translation: LOPSI

Taken from the PowerPoint made by Fernando Pires, which can be found at: