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Jose Bergamin Quotes


José Bergamín Gutiérrez was a Spanish writer, essayist, poet, and playwright.
(1895 - 1983)

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A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
 

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
 

A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice.
 

A reformer knows neither how to do nor to undo.
 

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

An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics.
 

Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go.
 

Do we have to talk in order to agree or agree in order to talk?
 

Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.
 

Happiness is always a coincidence.
 

If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
 

In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.
 

It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime.
 

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

Only one thing has to matter for everything to matter.
 

Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
 

Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.
[Sensuality]
 

The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
 

The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
 

The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst.
 


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