A collection of the best poems and thoughts of the Spanish playwright.

Luis de Gongora y Argote (Córdoba, 1561 – 1627 was one of the most prominent Spanish playwrights and writers known as Siglo de Oro. His poetry and prose marked a style, perhaps the most representative of the Golden Age of Spanish literature.

Famous Quotes of Luis de Gongora

In this article, we will review some of Gongora’s most famous quotes, thoughts, and phrases. This collection includes excerpts from his best-known works, such as Soledades (1613) or fable of Polyphemus and Galatea (1612).

  1. He who knows the most aphorisms may well be a more serious physician, but he who has died the most is no more expert.

An ironic phrase that can have different readings.

  1. That rich covetousness may gather the two hundred to one hundred, it may well be; but that the gentile successor may not spend them one thousand to one thousand, it cannot be.

About the financial mismanagement of the heirs of great fortunes.

  1. Even wisdom sells the University.

Scathing criticism of educational institutions, although it is difficult to guess exactly what they mean.

  1. Send love with your fatigue that you feel and do not say; but I’m more happy to be told and not to feel.

One of those romantic sentences taken from Gongora’s poetic work.

  1. Naked the young man, how much already the ocean has drunk to make him return to the sands.

Another excerpt from his poetry.

  1. Give me now, Holy Sea, to my demands, how well you can answer if it is true that the waters have tongues.

Gongora demonstrates her mastery of maritime metaphor in this verse.

  1. Crying the absence of the treacherous handsome man is found by the moon and left by the sun, always adding passion to passion, memory to memory, pain to pain.

About heartbreak and suffering.

  1. Let your eyes be calm, and give no more pearls, for the sun is evil than the dawn is good.

His love verses are still the subject of study.

  1. I no longer sing and if I sing, my songs are very sad; for he who left, with what he carried, left his silence, and carried his voice.

When solitude appears, inner silence can be deafening.

  1. Jealous you are, the child, jealous you are of that happy one, for you seek him, blind, for he does not see you.

Another verse about unrequited loves.

  1. In exchange for seeing them gone, as I am the one who is interested, I know that it does not matter to me that they are favored.

Extracted from one of his plays par excellence.


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