Gerald Brenan Quotes

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A bad memory is the mother of invention.

invention

The great thing about marriage is that it enables one to be alone without feeling loneliness.

marriage

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
— Gerald Brenan

boring people

Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain.

words

Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.
— Gerald Brenan

money

Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love.  The poor know that it is money.

money poverty

Do not believe those persons who say they have never been jealous. What they mean is that they have never been in love.
— Gerald Brenan

love jealousy

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.

intellectuals

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.

poets

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.

sympathy

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 our natures.
— Gerald Brenan
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.

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