Luis Cernuda’s 20 best quotes (and great verses)

Luis Cernuda (Seville, 1902 – City of Mexico, 1963) was a remarkable Spanish poet and literary critic, member of the known as Generation of 27.

This Andalusian played a leading role during the golden age of Spanish literature. Friend of Vicente Alexandre, Federico García-Lorca and Rafael Alberti, Cernuda’s poetry has moved from surrealism to political criticism.

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    Phrases of Luis Cernuda

    He spent his final years in Mexico, where he developed his conceptual poetry scene. Exiled from his native country due to the civil war, he found love in bodybuilder Salvador Alighieri, to whom he dedicated several of his poems.

    In today’s article let’s get to know the best phrases of Luis Cernuda, as well as some of his verses and famous quotes that have gone down in history.

    1. You justify my existence: if I do not know you, I have not lived; if I die without knowing you, I do not die, because I did not live.

    A great declaration of unconditional love.

    2. My eternal madness, joyful imagination, dreams of the future, hopes of love, sunny journeys …

    On his hopes for the future, which were partly interrupted by the Spanish Civil War.

    3. Safety, this insect that nests behind the wheel of light …

    Far from security, it’s exploring, living.

    4. There, very far; where oblivion dwells.

    From his namesake work.

    5. Back? Give back what you have, after many years, after a long journey, tired of the road and greed, your land, your home, your friends, the love that awaits you in the faithful return.

    Going back is always nice, even if you leave a lot behind.

    6. I don’t know any men. For years, I searched for them and fled from them helplessly. I do not understand them? Or maybe I understand them too much?

    From the poem “To a future poet”, one of the most memorable.

    7. I finished my childhood and fell into the world.

    There is a day when you wake up as an adult, with responsibilities and debts.

    8. I will say how you were born, forbidden pleasures, How a desire is born on the towers of terror.

    A verse by Luis Cernuda belonging to his book “Pelegrí”, from one of his most fundamental works: “Els plaers interdict”.

    9. It is not love that dies, it is ourselves.

    A great verse in which he shows us that without this feeling we probably no longer exist.

    10. If man could say what he loves, if man could lift up his love for the sky like a cloud in the light.

    A great verse about hidden love.

    11. If I die without knowing you, I do not die, because I did not live.

    Another excerpt from his book “The Forbidden Pleasures”, published in 1931.

    12. He does not hurt the dead, he only makes an inert body.

    A verse from his work “On habiti l’Oblit”, from 1932.

    13. equivocal delight. This beauty does not yield its abandonment to any master.

    From his book of poems “” Egloga, triava, oda “, 1927.

    14. Freedom I don’t know but the freedom to be taken in the name of someone I can’t feel without shivers.

    On sincere and passionate love.

    15. The fatigue of being alive, of being dead, with cold instead of blood, with the cold that smiles insinuating on the sidewalks.

    “A river, a love”, 1929.

    16. Hear the water, hear the rain, hear the storm; this is your life: a liquid lament flowing between equal shadows.

    Great metaphor that we can use to think deeply.

    17. Cities, like countries and peoples, if they have something to tell us, no longer need a space of time; past that, we get tired.

    One of Luis Cernuda’s best known and most famous quotes.

    18. Life in time is lived, your eternity is now, because then there will be no time for anything.

    Of the immensity of life, if you know how to live intensely.

    19. If man could say what he loves, if man could lift up his love for the sky like a cloud in the light.

    A verse from his book “If Man Could Say What He Likes”.

    20. In the far south, I want to be confused. The rain is only a half-opened rose; His laughter even fog, white laughter in the wind.

    Verse from “I would like to be alone in the south”.

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