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Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
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 are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
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.
Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain.
The more we feel sorry for ourselves, the less sorry others will feel for us. People don't waste their small store of sympathy on those who can provide it so richly for themselves.
Married love is a stream that, after a certain length of time, sinks into the earth and flows underground. Something is there, but one does not know what. Only the vegetation shows that there is still water.
You can't get at the truth by writing history; only the novelist can do that.
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I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed; and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
April 7, 1894
January 19, 1987
Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain.
South from Granada (1957)
The Spanish Labyrinth (1943)
The face of Spain (1952)
St John of the Cross: His Life and Poetry (1973)
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