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Spanish Quotes

From Marco Polo to Paul Carvel, this is a selection that will give you an excellent and entertaining glimpse into the mindset of these Italian historical and celebrated figures.
Enjoy the wisdom, the amusement and the revelation contained in the quotes from Italy's greatest.

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) - Novelist, poet and playwright, author of Don Quixote.

Love not what you are, but what you may become.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) - Novelist, poet and playwright, author of Don Quixote.

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) - Novelist, poet and playwright, author of Don Quixote.

There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.

Félix Lope de Vega (1562–1635) - Spanish Baroque playwright and poet

There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.

Félix Lope de Vega (1562–1635) - Spanish Baroque playwright and poet

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) - Spanish Catalan architect who belonged to the Art Nouveau movement

The more we reduce the size of our world, the more we shall be its master.

Jacinto Benavente (1866–1954) - dramatist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) - painter and sculptor

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) - painter and sculptor

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) - painter and sculptor

Hours of solitude, hours of creation, hours of meditation. Solitude and meditation gave me an awareness, a perspective which I have never lost: that of solidarity with the rest of mankind. Since that time I have always proclaimed that poetry is communication, in the exact sense of that word.

Vicente Aleixandre (1888–1984) - poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1977).

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

Joan Miró (1893–1983), painter, sculptor and ceramist.

In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.

Federico García Lorca (1898–1936) - poet and dramatist.

Salvador Dali seduced many ladies, particularly American ladies, but these seductions usually consisted of stripping them naked in his apartment, frying a couple of eggs, putting them on the woman's shoulders and, without a word, showing them the door.

Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) - Spanish-born filmmaker; considered one of Spain's finest directors

I'm still an atheist, thank God

Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) - Spanish-born filmmaker; considered one of Spain's finest directors

You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.

Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) - Spanish-born filmmaker; considered one of Spain's finest directors

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.

Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) - Spanish Catalan surrealist painter

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) - Spanish Catalan surrealist painter

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) - Spanish Catalan surrealist painter