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.]

Camilo Jose Cela


“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.”

Camilo Jose Cela


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

Camilo Jose Cela


“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.”

Camilo Jose Cela


“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.”

Camilo Jose Cela


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

Camilo Jose Cela


“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.”

Camilo Jose Cela


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

Camilo Jose Cela


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

Camilo Jose Cela


“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.”

Camilo Jose Cela


“The Family of Pascual Duarte.”

Camilo Jose Cela