Asturias Award to “Quino”, creator of Mafalda

The cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón (Guaymallén, Argentina, 1932), a.k.a. Quino, has been bestowed with the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, as made public on May 21 in Oviedo by the Jury responsible for conferring said Award.

More information on the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s homepage and in the Wikipedia article.

El País listed ten of Mafalda’s most memorable phrases:

  1. It’s not true that the past was better. What happened was that those worse off hadn’t realized it yet.
  2. As always: the urgent doesn’t leave time for what matters.
  3. Start the day with a smile, and you will see how funny it is to walk around being out of tune with everybody else.
  4. They say that man is an animal of habits. Rather, habitually man is an animal. [Works better in the Spanish original: “Dicen que el hombre es un animal de costumbres, más bien de costumbre el hombre es un animal”]
  5. To admit that one is wrong is pride’s harakiri.
  6. It would be nice to wake up one day and find out that one’s life depends on oneself.
  7. Could it be that this modern life includes more of modern than of life?
  8. Life should not deprive one of childhood without giving one a good position in youth.
  9. Life begins at age 40 (she reads in a newspaper). So, why do they make us come with so much anticipation?
  10. Half of the world likes dogs, even though until today nobody knows the meaning of “woof” (she tells Manolito when he criticizes her for liking the Beatles though she doesn’t understand what they say).

There are at least ten volumes of Mafalda&Friends that have been translated into English.

Sources: Prince of Asturias Foundation, El País May 21, 2014


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