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Pedro Calderon de la Barca Quotes





'Tis not where we lie, but whence we fell; the loss of heaven's the greatest pain in hell.
[Love]
 

A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer's need.
[Action]
 

But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters. If it be truth, for truth's sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time when we awaken.
[Love]
 

For all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
[Love]
 

For even in dreams a good deed is not lost.
 

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
[Nature]
 

Its brightness, mighty divinity! has a fleeting empire over the day, giving gladness to the fields, color to the flowers; the season of the loves; harmonious hour of wakening birds.
 

Love that is not madness is not love.
[Love]
 

Never confide your secrets to paper; it is like throwing a stone in the air, you do not know where it may fall.
[Secrecy]
 

No virtue can be real that has not been tried. The gold in the crucible alone is perfect; the loadstone tests the steel, and the diamond is tried by the diamond, while metals gleam the brighter in the furnace.
[Virtue]
 

One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
[War]
 

The heart is an astrologer that always divines the truth.
[Heart]
 

These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms.
[Love]
 

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
 

What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?
[Love]
 

When love is not madness, it is not love.
[Instincts]