Gerald Brenan
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"Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan", CBE was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain.

He is best known for The Spanish Labyrinth, a historical work on the background to the Spanish Civil War, and for South from Granada (book)/South from Granada: Seven Years in an Andalusian Village. He was awarded a Order of the British Empire/CBE in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List in 1982.

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I am thirty-three - the age of the good Sans-culotte Jesus; an age fatal to revolutionists.

We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them.

What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?

You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.

Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.

Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.

The cliche is dead poetry.

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

The cliche is dead poetry. English, being the language of an imaginative race, abounds in cliches, so that English literature is always in danger of being poisoned by its own secretions.