Spanish Writer, Essayist, Poet and Playwright
"A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice. "
"It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime. "
"The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst. "
"Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing."
"A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces."
"Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round."
"An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics."
"If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other."
"I fear only that which I love, says man, according to Montaigne. Woman replies: I love only that which I fear."
"Life is a dangerous adventure, says the American, and he is half right: life is dangerous, but it's not an adventure."
"In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal."
"Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned."
"Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently."
"The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward."
"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."
"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..."
"Those who are scandalized by a naked body--thinks the Devil--are easy prey: they are already doomed."