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Quotations From JOSÉ BERGAMÍN


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  • Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. La cabeza a pájaros (Head in the Clouds), p. 65, Madrid, Cruz y Raya (1934).
  • Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. La cabeza a pájaros (Head in the Clouds), p. 64, Madrid, Cruz y Raya (1934).
  • In French literature, you can choose "à la carte"; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. La cabeza a pájaros (Head in the Clouds), p. 49, Madrid, Cruz y Raya (1934).
  • Art is good but it isn't the best.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 75, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!"
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 69, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).

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  • Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 71, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).
  • The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
    José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 67, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).

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