Miguel de Unamuno

29 Sep 1864 // 31 Dec 1936
Essayist / Philosopher / Writer


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We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past
Philosophy fulfils the need to create for ourselves a single and complete concept of the world and of life
Envy is a thousand times worse than hunger, since it is hunger of the spirit
There are people who are so full of common sense that they haven't the slightest cranny left for their own sense
I believe in God because I create God
Against emotional values arguments have no power, because arguments are only arguments, in other words, not even truths
And killing time is perhaps the essence of comedy, just as the essence of tragedy is killing eternity
The intellectual world is divided into two classes - dilettantes, on the one hand, and pedants, on the other
Martyrs create faith, faith does not create martyrs
True science teaches, above all, to doubt and be ignorant
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."