Gerald Brenan was born 7 April 1894 and died 19 January 1987
- It is by sitting down to write every morning that he becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs.
- 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.
- Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
- Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
- 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.
- Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain.
- Every writer and artist wonders what in the world people of other professions can find to live for.
- One road to happiness is to cultivate curiosity about everything.
- A bad memory is the mother of invention.
Gerald Brenan was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain. He is best known for The Spanish Labyrinth, a historical work on the background to the Spanish Civil War, and for South from Granada: Seven Years in an Andalusian Village.
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