José Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Bergamin, fully José Bergamín Gutiérrez

Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright

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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.

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.

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Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright