FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA QUOTES

Spanish poet & playwright (1898-1936)

Love is the kiss
in the quiet nest
while the leaves are trembling,
mirrored in the water.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, The Butterfly's Evil Spell

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To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Blood Wedding

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The one thing life has taught me is that most people spend their lives bottled up inside their houses doing the things they hate.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Yerma

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The snow is falling
on the deserted field
of my life,
and my hopes,
which roam far, are afraid
of becoming frozen or lost.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Another Song"

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Understand one single day fully, so you can love every night.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, The Public

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Death, vicious death,
Leave a green branch for love.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Blood Wedding

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Every step we take on earth
brings us to a new world.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Floating Bridges"

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There's no doubt that I really have a feeling for the theater. These past few days it has occurred to me to do a comedy whose chief characters are photographic enlargements. Those people we see in doorways. Newlyweds, sergeants, dead girls, an anonymous crowd full of mustaches and wrinkles. It should be terrible. If I focus it well, it will possess pathos without consolation. In the midst of those people I will place an authentic fairy.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, letter to Melchor Fernandez Almagro, February/March 1926

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In each thing there is an insinuation of death. Stillness, silence, serenity are all apprenticeships.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, attributed, Only Mystery: Federico García Lorca's Poetry in Word and Image

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The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love, and the voice of art.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, attributed, Lorca: A Dream of Life

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Even money, which shines so much, spits sometimes.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Blood Wedding

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Death, lonely death,
Beneath the withered leaves.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Blood Wedding

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The first wild birds of the morning
Are breaking out of the trees.
And now the night is dying
On the sharp edge of the stone.
Let's find a corner of darkness
Where I will love you always,
And I won't care about people
Or the poison that they spread.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Blood Wedding

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My God, I have come with
the seeds of questions.
I planted them, and they never flowered.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Abandoned"

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To see you naked is to recall the Earth.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Casida de la Mujer Tendida"

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The still pool of your mouth
under a thicket of kisses.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Remansos: Variación", El Diván del Tamarit

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Relish the fresh landscape of my wound,
break rushes and delicate rivulets,
drink blood poured on honeyed thigh.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Sonnet of the Garland of Roses"

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My poetry is a game.
My life is a game.
But I am not a game.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, letter to Melchor Fernandez Almagro, autumn 1924

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The wounds were burning like suns
at five in the afternoon,
and the crowd broke the windows
At five in the afternoon.
Ah, that fatal five in the afternoon!
It was five by all the clocks!

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias"

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A dead man in Spain is more alive than a dead man anywhere in the world.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, "Theory and Play of the Duende", A Poet in New York

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