Miguel de Unamuno

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid--in which case all comment is superfluous--or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.

The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.

Man dies of cold, not of darkness.

We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe.

To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.

For it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death, that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once the brother, son, and father of death, which is its sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in the depth of love there is a depth of eternal despair, out of which springs hope and consolation.

To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most.

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.

There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. . . . Man is the more man--that is, the more divine--the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.

Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.


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