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Gerald Brenan Quotes


Edward FitzGerald (Gerald) Brenan, was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain.
(1894 - 1987)

A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
 

As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and more.
 

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
 

If you wish to be brothers, let the arms fall from your hands. One cannot love while holding offensive arms.
 

In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.
 

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.
 

It is by sitting down to write every morning that he becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs.
[Positive]
 

Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.
 

Miller is not really a writer but a non-stop talker to whom someone has given a typewriter.
 

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

Poets and painters are outside the class system, or rather they constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people and the gypsies.
[Poets And Poetry]
 

The cliche is dead poetry.
 

Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
 

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
 

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

When the coin is tossed either Love or Lust will fall uppermost. But if the metal is right, under the one will always be the other.
 

Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
 

Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain.
 

You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.