Monday, February 14, 2011

Ramón Gómez de la Serna and Twitter

Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888-1963) is a Spanish avant-garde writer who created the genre of greguería, a pithy humorous statement that is funny and profound at the same time. Here are some of my favorite greguerías by don Ramón (in my clumsy translation):

Love is born of a sudden desire to turn what is fleeting into something eternal.

Popularity is being known to people we don't know.

History is a pretext to keep confusing humanity.

The person who is in Venice is wrong in assuming he is actually in Venice. Only the person who dreams about Venice is truly in Venice.

A liar can only be cured by a deaf person.

Medicine offers to cure in 100 years those who are dying right now.

Hurry is what takes us towards death.

Just imagine how many twitter followers don Ramón would have today.

Thank you, Jonathan, for making me think of writing this post.

1 comment:

Pen said...

It reminds me of the Murphy's Law posters. Maybe they might have been a type of inspiration to whomever "Murphy" was.