Luis de Góngora’s 15 best quotes (and verses)

Luis de Góngora and Argote (Cordoba, 1561-1627) was one of the most notable Spanish playwrights and scholars well known as Century of Gold). His poetry and prose marked a style, perhaps the most representative of the golden age of Spanish literature.

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    Famous phrases of Luis de Góngora

    In this article we will review some of Góngora’s most famous verses, thoughts and phrases. This collection includes extracts from his most famous works, such as Solitudes (1613) or Rondalla by Polifem i Galatea (1612).

    1. Let it be a more serious doctor who knows more aphorisms, perhaps; but the more expert he who is dead, the more he cannot be.

    An ironic sentence that can have different readings.

    2. What a naughty closure and what a mistake, to make the prison bars of the aliens wrong!

    A metaphorical phrase by Góngora that invites reflection.

    3. That of correcting customs is dangerous and violent.

    A sample of his conservatism.

    4. That a rich miser joins the doubles one hundred to one hundred perhaps; but if the pagan successor does not spend them thousand by thousand, it cannot be.

    On the bad financial government of the heirs of great fortunes.

    4. Even wisdom sells the University.

    A scathing criticism of educational institutions, although it’s hard to guess what exactly it refers to.

    5. He commands love in its fatigue to be felt and not said; but for me he is happier that it is said and not heard.

    One of those romantic phrases taken from Góngora’s poetic work.

    6. Naked the young man, as the oceanic combination has already drunk to restore him to the sands.

    Another excerpt from his poetry.

      7. Give me now, holy sea, my answers to your requests, so that you may well, if it is true that the waters have tongues.

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

      8. Mourning the absence of the treacherous gallant, the moon finds her and the sun leaves her, always adding passion to passion, memory to memory, pain to pain.

      About the lack of love and suffering.

      9. The roe deer is so light that it does not interfere with the seguillo less with the eyes than it reaches it with the feet; and so on my own i find that, if you agree to the decile, he has done more than you in herillo, the arrow in him. But keep your arm happy, camila, because today more, although impossible, you can say that you were wounded in the wind.

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

      10. Close your eyes and give no more pearls, for the sun is bad and dawn is good.

      His love lines are still the subject of study.

      11. I don’t sing anymore, mother, and if I sing, it’s very sad that my songs are; for he who was gone, with what he brought, was silent and carried his voice.

      When loneliness arises, the inner silence can be deafening.

      12. You are jealous, my girl, you are jealous of this damn thing, because you are looking for him, blind, because he does not see you.

      Another verse about unrequited love.

      13. Live happily, he said, a long, long endless course; and so prolific, in loving knots you still live, husbands.

      About the bright future of a potential love.

      14. In exchange for seeing them disappear, as I’m the one who cares, I can say that I don’t mind that they are favored.

      Extract from one of his quintessential pieces.

      15. He changes his admiration, speaks in silence, and, blindly, follows a river which – shines from these mountains son – with a twisted speech, although prolific usefully tyrannizes the fields.

      A sensitive reflection on admiration.

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