Mladen J. Kocica, MD

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Francisco (Paco) Torrent-Guasp (1931-2005)


"Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated." (Alphonse de Lamartine 1790-1869)


Paco used to tell me that there must be some other Planet, better than this one, where he intends to go one day. Unfortunately, that day came before we expected. I hope he has found a peace on his Planet.


Below you may find homages to Francisco (Paco) Torrent-Guasp, written by his old and true friends, Prof. Sir Donald N. Ross (London, UK) and Prof. Juan Cosín Aguilar (Valencia, ESP):

I dedicate these pearls of wisdom to my Friend and Teacher:

  • "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher".

    Japanese (or Chinese) proverb


  • “Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

    Quoted in New York Times, March 13, 1940.


  • "All mankinde is of one Author, and is one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torne out of the booke, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated; God emploies several translators; some peeces are translated by age, some by sicknesse, some by warre, some by justice; but Gods hand is in every translation; and his hand shall binde up all our scattered leaves againe, for that Librarie where every booke shall lie open to one another.

    No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

    John Donne (1572-1631)

    Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
    Meditation XVII: Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, Morieris

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