Famous Spanish Quotes

Learning a new language means much more than just memorizing some vocabulary and mastering a few grammar rules. Learning languages is also about discovering and learning to appreciate different cultures, and a good way to do that is through quotes.

The following selection will give you a peek into Spanish culture, and it might also come in handy when you need to express your feelings or ideas.

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Spanish Quotes About Love

Some see Spanish as the language of love and, if that's the case, these quotes may help you express your feelings to someone you love:

  • Es tan corto el amor y es tan largo el olvido.
    Love is so short and oblivion is so long.
    By Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
  • Uno está enamorado cuando se da cuenta de que otra persona es única.
    You are in love when you realize someone else is unique.
    By Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Más que besarla, más que acostarnos juntos, más que ninguna otra cosa, ella me daba la mano y eso era amor.
    More than kissing her, more than sleeping together, more than anything else, she would hold my hand and that was love.
    By Uruguayan author Mario Benedetti.
  • El amor es eterno mientras dura.
    Love is eternal while it lasts.
    By Colombian author Gabriel García Marquez.
  • La raíz de todas las pasiones es el amor. De él nace la tristeza, el gozo, la alegría y la desesperación.
    Love is the root of all passions. It gives birth to sadness, enjoyment, joy and desperation.
    By Spanish poet Lope de Vega.
  • Poned atención: un corazón solo no es un corazón.
    Pay attention: a lonely heart is not a heart.
    By Spanish poet Antonio Machado.
  • “Como si se pudiese elegir en el amor, como si no fuera un rayo que te parte los huesos”.
    As if you could choose in love, as if it weren't like a lightning bolt that breaks your bones.
    By Argentinian author Julio Cortázar.

Spanish Quotes About Friends

Life is not the same without friends; they're the ones that are always there for you, so perhaps you can use one of these quotes to let your friends know you care:

  • Cada uno muestra lo que es en los amigos que tiene.
    You show who you are with the friends you have.
    By Spanish writer and philosopher Baltasar Gracián.
  • Amistades que son ciertas, nadie las puede turbar.
    True friendships cannot be disturbed.
    By Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Decir amistad es decir entendimiento cabal, confianza rápida y larga memoria; es decir, fidelidad.
    Speaking of friendship is speaking of complete understanding, quick trust and a long memory; that is to say, loyalty.
    By Chilean poet and teacher Gabriela Mistral.
  • A los amigos, como a los dientes, los vamos perdiendo con los años, no siempre sin dolor.
    Just like teeth, we lose friends over time, and it isn't always painless.
    By Spanish scientist and Nobel laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
  • Es parentesco sin sangre una amistad verdadera.
    A true friendship is family with no blood relationship.
    By Spanish dramatist and poet Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Spanish Quotes About Life and Death

It is part of the human condition to reflect about life and death. Here is what some big names in Spanish-speaking culture have to say about these topics:

  • La vida es un ruido entre dos grandes silencios.
    Life is a noise between two big silences.
    By Chilean author Isabel Allende.
  • Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir.
    Just like I wasn't worried about being born, I am not worried about dying.
    By Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.
  • Aprendí que si no puedes ser feliz con pocas cosas, no vas a ser feliz con muchas cosas.
    I learned that if you can't be happy with a little, you won't be happy with a lot.
    By former Uruguayan president José "Pepe" Mujica.
  • Hay tres cosas que cada persona debería hacer durante su vida: plantar un árbol, tener un hijo y escribir un libro.
    There are three things everyone should do in their life: plant a tree, have a child and write a book.
    By Cuban poet and philosopher José Martí.
  • La vida es una serie de colisiones con el futuro; no es una suma de lo que hemos sido, sino de lo que anhelamos ser.
    Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been, but of what we hope to be.
    By Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset.
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Spanish Quotes About Changing the World

Both Spain and Latin America have been the home of many a revolution, so it is not surprising that many inspiring quotes have come from some of their most prominent cultural and political leaders.

  • La paz no se regala, se conquista, es una lucha cotidiana al igual que la democracia.
    Peace is not a gift, it is conquered, it is an everyday struggle just like democracy.
    By Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel.
  • La paz no es solamente la ausencia de la guerra; mientras haya pobreza, racismo, discriminación y exclusión difícilmente podremos alcanzar un mundo de paz.
    Peace is more than an absence of war; as long as there is poverty, racism, discrimination and exclusion it will be hard to achieve world peace.
    By Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.
  • Puedo decirles, por experiencia propia, que es mucho más difícil hacer la paz que hacer la guerra.
    I can tell you, from personal experience, that it is much harder to find peace than to start a war.
    By Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos.
  • Mucha gente pequeña en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas, puede cambiar el mundo.
    Many small people in small places, doing small things, can change the world.
    By Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.
  • Quien ha visto la esperanza, no la olvida. La busca bajo todos los cielos y entre todos los hombres
    He who has seen hope does not forget it. He looks for it under every sky and among all men.
    By Mexican poet Octavio Paz.

Of course, this is just a very small snippet out of the vast number of great Spanish quotes. Is there one you love that didn't make the cut? Let us know!