Juan Ramón Jiménez

Spain
27 Dec 1881 // 29 May 1958
Poet

The background reveals the true being and state of being of the man or thing. If I do not possess the background, I make the man transparent, the thing transparent.


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays