Camilo Jose Cela Quotes

Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia (Spanish: [ka?milo xo?se ??ela]; 11 May 1916 – 17 January 2002) was a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement.

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Camilo Jose Cela


I am not, sir, a bad person, though in truth I am not lacking in reasons for being one. [Sp., Yo, senor, no soy malo, aunque no me faltarian motivos para serlo.]

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“Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other, but they serve no purpose there. They must be put down on paper, one after the other.”

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“For a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability.”

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“When debts are not paid because they cannot be paid, the best thing to do is not talk about them, and shuffle the cards again.”

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“Things are always best seen when they are a trifle mixed-up, a trifle disordered; the chilly administrative neatness of museums and filing cases, of statistics and cemeteries, is an inhuman and antinatural kind of order; it is, in a word, disorder.”

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“There are two kinds of man: the ones who make history and the ones who endure it.”

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“It is not difficult to write in Spanish; the Spanish language is a gift from the gods which we Spaniards take for granted. I take comfort therefore in the belief that you wished to pay tribute to a glorious language and not to the humble writer who uses it for everything it can express: the joy and the wisdom of Mankind, since literature is an art form of all and for all, although written without deference, heeding only the voiceless, anonymous murmur of a given place and time.”

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“Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.”

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“The greatest reward is to know that one can speak and emit articulate sounds and utter words that describe things, events and emotions.”

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“I write from solitude and I speak from solitude...However I did not seek solitude. I found it. And from my solitude I think, work, and live - and I believe that I write and speak with almost infinite composure and resignation. In my solitude I consta”

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“the leading figure in Spain's literary renewal during the post-war era.”

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“The Family of Pascual Duarte.”

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