José Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright

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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.

A rocket is a reed that thinks brilliantly.

Life is a dangerous adventure, says the American, and he is half right: life is dangerous, but it's not an adventure.

To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.

A rocket is an experiment; a star is an observation.

Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned.

To be young is to live in the hope of escaping youth; to be old, in the despair of having succeeded.

A woman who does not become the slave of just one man becomes the slave of all men.

Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.

To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment.

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.

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Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright