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Jose Bergamin quotes (37)

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
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A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
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A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice.
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A reformer knows neither how to do nor to undo.
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A woman who does not become the slave of just one man becomes the slave of all men.
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An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics.
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Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go.
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Do we have to talk in order to agree or agree in order to talk?
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Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.
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Happiness is always a coincidence.
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If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
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In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.
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It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime.
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Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned.
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Only one thing has to matter for everything to matter.
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Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
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Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.
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The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
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The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
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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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The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.
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The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
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Theology is the logic of the Devil.
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There are no good or bad habits. All habits are, by definition, bad.
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There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all.
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To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.
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To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.
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To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.
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To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment.
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True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.
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True solidarity is only possible among the solitary.
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Try not to turn your life into a race, least of all an obstacle race.
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We say of an animal that it is intelligent, and we say the same thing of a woman; but in neither case is it usually appropriate, clearly for very different reasons.
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When there is nothing to fear is the time to begin fearing everything.
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Who learns most from a good book is the author.
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You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made.
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You can say the opposite of something you've said but you can't do the opposite of something you've done.
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