Miguel de Unamuno

(Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo)

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Each man is worth more than the whole of humanity, nor will it do to sacrifice each to all save in so far as all sacrifice themselves to each. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Every peasant has a lawyer inside of him, just as every lawyer, no matter how urbane he may be, carries a peasant within himself. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Faith feels itself secure neither with universal consent, nor with tradition, nor with authority. It seeks support of its enemy, reason. Religion & God
Here in Spain we are all Catholics, even the atheists. States. Nations & Nationhood
If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Isolation is the worst possible counselor. Leaders & Leadership
Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason Humor ;Human Nature ;Animals
One of those leaders of what they call the social revolution has said that religion is the opiate of the people. Opium...opium...opium, yes. Let us give them opium so that they can sleep and dream. Religion & God
Our life is a hope which is continually converting itself into memory and memory in its turn begets hope. Human Nature
Progress usually comes from the barbarian, and there is nothing more stagnant than the philosophy of the philosophers and the theology of the theologians. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Protestantism derived its penultimate conclusions — namely, that religion rests upon morality, and not morality upon religion, as in Catholicism. Religion & God
Reason perhaps teaches certain bourgeois virtues, but it does not make either heroes or saints. Leaders & Leadership
True science teaches, above all, to doubt Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We men do nothing but lie and make ourselves important. Speech was invented for the purpose of magnifying all of our sensations and impressions — perhaps so that we could believe in them. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best. Human Nature
When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid—in which case all comment is superfluous—or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.
A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.
Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Consciousness is a disease.
Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. Religion & God
Faith which does not doubt is dead faith. Religion & God
Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.
If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, even though without hope of victory. Hope
It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is truer to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs. Religion & God
Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death. Life ;Religion & God ;Death
Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man dies of cold, not of darkness. Death
Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.
Science is a cemetery of dead ideas. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.
Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons. Life
That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.
The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule.
The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.
The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man - that is, the more divine - the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.
To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe. Religion & God
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.
Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you.