Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Gerald Brenan, fully Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan

British Writer and Hispanist

"A bad memory is the mother of invention."

"Wisdom means keeping a sense of the fallibility of all our views and opinions, and of the uncertainty and instability of the things we most count on."

"Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned."

"Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values; that is to say, their own ideas and other people's values."

"We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them."