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The 15 best phrases of Luis de Góngora (and verses)

The 15 best phrases of Luis de Góngora (and verses)

January 25, 2022

Luis de Góngora and 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.

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Famous quotes by Luis de Góngora

In this article we are going to review some of the verses, thoughts and most famous phrases of Góngora . This compilation includes excerpts from his best-known works, such as Solitudes (1613) or Fable of Polyphemus and Galatea (1612).

1. That it is a more serious doctor who knows more aphorisms, it may well be; but the more expert is not the one who has died the most, it can not be.

An ironic phrase that can have different readings.


2. What impertinent closure and what properly mistake, fabricate from other people's mistakes the bars of their prison!

A metaphorical phrase by Góngora that invites reflection.

3. This amendment of customs is dangerous and violent.

A sample of his conservatism.

4. That a rich greedy one gathers the doubloons a hundred to one hundred may well be; more than the Gentile successor does not spend thousands to a thousand, it can not be.

On the financial misgovernment of the heirs of great fortunes.

4. Even wisdom sells the University.

A scathing critique of educational institutions, although it is hard to guess what exactly it refers to.

5. Send love in 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 extracted from the poetic work of Góngora.


6. Naked the young man, as soon as the ocean dress has drunk restitution makes him to the sands.

Another extract of his poetry.

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7. Give me now, sacred sea, to my demands, how well you can answer, if it is true that the waters have tongues.

Góngora demonstrates his mastery of the maritime metaphor in this verse.

8. Lamenting the absence of the traitorous beater is found by the moon and left by the sun, always adding passion to passion, memory to memory, pain to pain.

On the lack of love and suffering.

9. So light is the roe deer, that it does not give less anger to the follower with the eyes than reach it with the feet; and so on my own I find that, if you consent to decillo, he did more than you in a herringbone, the arrow in reach. But keep your arm happy, camila, because today more, although impossible, you can say that you have hurt the wind.

One of his most well-known and studied poems in the faculties of philology.


10. Dry your eyes, and more pearls do not give, because the sun is bad what the dawn is good.

His love verses are still under study.

11. I no longer sing, mother, and if I sing, very sad laments my songs are; because the one who left, with what he brought, the silence was left, and he carried the voice.

When loneliness appears, inner silence can be deafening.

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

Another verse about unrequited love.

13. Live happy, "he said," long age course never tedious; and if neat, in love knots always live, spouses.

On the hopeful future of a budding love.

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

Extracted from one of his dramaturgical works par excellence.

15. Muda the admiration, speaks silent, and, blind, a river follows, that-luciente of those mounts son- with crooked discourse, although prolix tyrannizes the fields usefully.

A thoughtful reflection on admiration.


16. Don Quixote, Part II: Chapters XII-XXI (cont.) (January 2022).


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