José Bergamín

(1895_1983 / Madrid)

José Bergamín
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José Bergamín Gutiérrez (Madrid, 1895 – Fuenterrabía, August 28, 1983) was a Spanish writer, essayist, poet, and playwright. His father served as president of the canton of Málaga; his mother was a Catholic. Bergamín was influenced by both politics and religion and attempted to reconcile Communism and Catholicism throughout his life, remarking "I would die supporting the Communists, but no further than that."

He studied law at the Universidad Central and his first articles appeared in the periodical Índice, edited by Juan Ramón Jiménez, in 1921 and 1922. Bergamín's friendship with Jiménez would be as strong as the one he maintained with Miguel de Unamuno, who served as ... more »

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  • ''Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go.''
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 24, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • ''A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.''
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 33, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • ''Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.''
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 36, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • ''Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.''
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 38, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • ''Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.''
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 41, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
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