José Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

José
Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez
1895
1983

Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright

Author Quotes

All true tradition usually appears revolutionary.

Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.

True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.

An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics.

Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.

True solidarity is only possible among the solitary.

Art is good but it isn't the best.

The barometer that shows "variable" is an ironic indictment of God.

We say of an animal that it is intelligent, and we say the same thing of a woman; but in neither case is it usually appropriate, clearly for very different reasons.

Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go.

The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.

When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!

Drinking spirits cannot cause spiritual damage.

The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.

When the English have scored a goal, they think nothing more remains to be done.

Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.

The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.

When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears.

Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round.

The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.

You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made.

Even if you're not going anywhere, don't get in the way.

The only time a man thinks is when he's alone.

You can say the opposite of something you've said but you can't do the opposite of something you've done.

I fear only that which I love, says man, according to Montaigne. Woman replies: I love only that which I fear.

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First Name
José
Last Name
Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez
Birth Date
1895
Death Date
1983
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Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright