José Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright

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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.

The quality of a man's mind can generally be judged by the size of his wastepaper basket.

You need to have a God, a lover, and an enemy, says the poet. Exactly: you need to have three enemies.

If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.

The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer...

Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten.

Theology is the logic of the Devil.

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.

In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.

There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all.

A reformer knows neither how to do nor to undo.

In love, it is the weak who strike and the strong who cares.

Those who are scandalized by a naked body--thinks the Devil--are easy prey: they are already doomed.

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Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright