Miguel de Unamuno biography

Miguel de Unamuno

Philosopher, Author

1864 – 1936


Who was Miguel de Unamuno?

Miguel de Unamuno was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright and philosopher. His major philosophical essay was The Tragic Sense of Life, and his most famous novel was Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, a modern exploration of the Cain and Abel story.

Famous Quotes:

  • 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.
  • To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most.
  • 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.
  • That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.
  • Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
  • Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
  • For it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death, that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once the brother, son, and father of death, which is its sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in the depth of love there is a depth


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Sep 29, 1864
Also known as
  • Unamuno
  • Miguel de Unamuno Jugo
  • Don Miguel de Unamuno
  • Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo
  • Agnosticism
  • Catholicism
  • Spain
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of Salamanca
    (1891 - )
Lived in
  • Bilbao
  • Fuerteventura
    (1924 - 1924)
  • Salamanca
    (1891 - 1924)
  • Salamanca
    (1931 - )
  • Paris
    (1924 - 1930)
Dec 31, 1936

on July 23, 2013

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