Gerald Brenan quotes

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

    #Boredom #Bores #Oneself

  • We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Butterfly #People #Ants

  • Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Wisdom #Views #Opinion

  • Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Giving #Age #Aging

  • In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Wedding #Husband #Wife

  • It is by sitting down to write every morning that he becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Morning #Attitude #Writing

  • A bad memory is the mother of invention.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Mother #Memories #Invention

  • The cliche is dead poetry.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Cliche

  • We soon cease to feel the grief at the deaths of our friends, yet we continue to the end of our lives to miss them. They are still with us in their absence.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Grief #Missing #Absence

  • As Coleridge said, "We receive but what we give." The happy life is a life of continual generosity in which we go out to meet and acclaim the world.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Happy Life #Generosity #Giving

  • 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.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Sympathy #Sorry #People

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

    #Animal #Cracks #Circus

  • Marriage is an arrangement by which two people start by getting the best out of each other and often end by getting the worst.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Broken Heart #Two #People

  • The cliché is dead poetry. English, being the language of an imaginative race, abounds in clichés, so that English literature is always in danger of being poisoned by its own secretions.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Race #Literature #Language

  • We should all live as if we were never going to die, for it is the deaths of our friends that hurt us, not our own.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Death #Hurt #Should

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

    #Business #Thinking #Words Of Wisdom

  • 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

    #Time #Acquisition #Imitation

  • You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Hurt #Men #Doe

  • Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Death #War #Age

  • The only test of work of literature is that it shall please other ages than its own.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Writing #Age #Literature

  • When I write a page that reads badly I know that it is myself who has written it. When it reads well it has come through from somewhere else.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Writing #Pages #Wells

  • 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.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Class #People #Special

  • 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.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Believe #Ideas #People

  • One road to happiness is to cultivate curiosity about everything. Not only about people but about subjects, not only about the arts but about history and foreign customs. Not only about countries and cities, but about plants and animals. Not only about lichened rocks and curious markings on the bark of trees, but about stars and atoms. Not only about your friends but about that strange labyrinth we inhabit which we call ourselves. Then, if we do that, we will never suffer a moment's boredom....
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Happy #Country #Art

  • 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

    #Believe #Jealous #Mean

  • We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them.
    -- Gerald Brenan

    #Quality #Ridiculous #Confession