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Gerald Brenan quotes

Gerald Brenan
British writer and Hispanist

Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan, CBE, MC was a British writer and hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain.
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Gerald Brenan Quotes

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In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.
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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.
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Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.
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Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying ourselves.
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Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned.


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We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
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Do not believe those persons who say they have never been jealous. What they mean is that they have never been in love.
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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.
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Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
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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.

           

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