Best Quotes by Gerald Brenan (Top 10)

  1. Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death.
  2. Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.
  3. We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them.
  4. In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.
  5. We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
  6. Those who have money think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know it is money.
  7. Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
  8. Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain.
  9. 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.
  10. Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned.

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