Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Here I go meandering . . .

Today is the birthday of Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (September 29, 1864 – December 31, 1936) was an essayist, novelist, poet, playwright and philosopher.

An important concept for Miguel de Unamuno was intrahistoria - he thought that history could best be understood by looking at the small histories of anonymous people, rather than by focusing on major events such as wars and political pacts.

He is oft referred to as a predecessor of Existentialist philosophy with Søren Kierkegaard.

"A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about." - Miguel de Unamuno

"It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love." - Miguel de Unamuno

"Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them." - Miguel de Unamuno

"To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be." - Miguel de Unamuno

"The devil is an angel too." - Miguel de Unamuno

Trivia bit: Miguel de Unamuno mastered 14 languages. In order to read Søren Kierkegaard in the original language he learned Danish.

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