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Don Colacho’s Aphorisms
English translations of the aphorisms of Nicolás Gómez Dávila

1913 - 1994


Some extracts:

#2,957

Compared to the sophisticated structure of every historical fact, Marxism’s generalizations possess a touching naiveté.

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#2,954
Modern man calls walking more quickly in the same direction down the same road “change.”
The world, in the last three hundred years, has not changed except in that sense.
The simple suggestion of a true change scandalizes and terrifies modern man.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 472


#2,951

The people that awakes, first shouts, then gets drunk, pillages, [and] murders, and later goes back to sleep.
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#2,949

Where the law is not customary law, it is easily turned into a mere political weapon.

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#2,946

In modern society, capitalism is the only barrier to the spontaneous totalitarianism of the industrial system.

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#2,942

The secret longing of every civilized society is not to abolish inequality, but to educate it.

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#2,941

Except in a few countries, trying to “promote culture” while recommending the reading of “national authors” is a contradictory endeavor.
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#2,940

No thesis is expounded with clarity except when it manages to be expounded by an intelligent man who does not share it.
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#2,939

Everything in the world ultimately rests on its own final “just because.”
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#2,936

The modern clergy, in order to save the institution, try to rid themselves of the message. Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección , p. 46...




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Whoever takes pride in “having lived through a lot” should keep quiet so as not to prove to us that he has understood nothing.

#2,170

The devil can achieve nothing great without the careless collaboration of the virtues.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección , p. 353

#2,168

The left is a collection of those who blame society for nature’s shabby treatment of them.

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2,163
The most convinced reactionary is the repentant revolutionary, that is to say: the man who has known the reality of the problems and has discovered the falseness of the solutions.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 352

#2,156
The stupidity of immoralism consists of seeing in the crime nothing but the murderer’s fearlessness.

#2,146

To cause confusion, ambiguity is more than enough; clarity suffices.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección , p. 350


#2,145

Modern man comforts himself by thinking that “everything has a solution.” As if there were no sinister solutions!

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Here's a page of them:

4, 2010
#1,397
The soul is not in the body, but rather the body is in the soul.
But it is in the body where we feel the soul.
The absolute is not in history, but rather history is in the absolute.
But it is in history where we discover the absolute.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 238
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Labels: history, soul
#1,396
It is not from starvation that the spirit sometimes dies, but from satiety of trivialities.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: soul
#1,395
We call the beauty of a language the skill with which some write it.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: language, literature, writing
#1,394
Specialized vocabularies allow one to speak with precision in the natural sciences and to disguise trivialities in the humanities.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: language, science, social science
4th of July
The best thing about the United States is a confused, but profound, sense of the importance of each man. It is like a kind of primitive humanism, a kind of elemental liberalism.
For a certain type of American there easily sprouts up a demand for independence, an impossibility of accepting anything his conscience does not ordain.
The danger of that naive individualism lies in the confidence it bestows upon itself. It thus prepares the ground for the germination of ridiculous doctrines and sects, which are not tempered by any criticism, nor disturbed by any irony.
The inevitable reverse of that quality is provincialism.

Notas, p.60
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Labels: individualism
#1,393
The modern world will not be punished.
It is the punishment.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: miscellaneous
#1,392
Degradation is the current price of brotherhood.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: corruption
#1,391
There are words for deceiving others, like “rational.”
And others, like “dialectic,” for deceiving oneself.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: ideology, language, philosophy, reason
#1,390
The secular importance of religion lies less in its influence on our conduct than on the noble sonority with which it enriches the soul.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: religion, sentiments
July 3, 2010
#1,389
When one century’s writers can write nothing but boring things, we readers change century.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 237
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Labels: books, culture
#1,388
Only for God are we irreplaceable.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: God
#1,387
Men can be divided into those who make their life complicated to gain their soul and those who waste their soul to make their life easier.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: life, soul
#1,386
Modern history is the dialogue between two men: one who believes in God, another who believes he is a god.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: democracy, Gnosticism, God, history
#1,385
A work of art, today, is anything that sells for a high price.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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#1,384
When the object loses its sensual fullness and becomes an instrument or a sign, reality evaporates and God vanishes.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: God, sensuality
July 2, 2010
#1,383
Revolutions swing back and forth between puritanism and debauchery, without touching civilized ground.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: revolution, vice
#1,382
Someone who forgives everything, because he understands everything, simply has not understood anything.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: forgiveness
#1,381
A fool is someone who has opinions about the clichés of the day.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 236
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Labels: stupidity
#1,380
He who teaches end up believing that he knows.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: academia, pride
#1,379
Pain leaves a deep impression, but only the ethical conflict educates.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: education, ethics, pain
#1,378
There is no “ideal” tolerable for more than a few days.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: idealism
July 1, 2010
#1,377
Sex and violence do not replace transcendence after it has been banished.
Not even the devil remains for the man who loses God.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: devil, God, sex, violence
#1,376
Political science is the art of quantifying the amount of freedom man can handle and the amount of servitude he needs.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: freedom, politics, slavery
#1,375
Legal freedom of expression has grown alongside the sociological enslavement of thought.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: freedom, freedom of speech, law, sociology
#1,374
The politician attends to nothing with seriousness except to something trivial.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: politics
#1,373
Our plans should be modest, our hopes boundless.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 235
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Labels: ambition, hope
#1,372
A man is called a Communist if he fights for the state to assure him a bourgeois life.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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Labels: bourgeoisie, communism
June 30, 2010
#1,371
Man believes he is lost among facts, when he is only caught in the web of his own definitions.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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Labels: abstraction, man
#1,370
Artificially fomenting greed, in order to become rich by satisfying it, is the unforgiveable sin of capitalism.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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#1,369
Modern society only respects science as an inexhaustible provider of what it covets.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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Labels: greed, science, society
#1,368
To the happiness of those we love most we are allowed to contribute only a silent tenderness and an impotent compassion.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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#1,367
By believing that the wax figures fabricated by psychology are alive, man has been gradually losing his knowledge of man.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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#1,366
Man has as much of a soul as he believes he has.
When that belief dies, man becomes an object.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 234
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Labels: man, soul
June 29, 2010
#1,365
Culture presumes that we will die educating ourselves, at whatever age we pass away.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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#1,364
A soul is noble not when nothing injures it, but when it heals quickly.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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#1,363
An abrupt demographic expansion rejuvenates society and makes its stupidities recrudesce.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: demography, society, stupidity
#1,362
To understand is to find confirmation of something previously divined.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: intelligence
#1,361
When he died, Christ did not leave behind documents, but disciples.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: Bible, Catholicism, Christianity, Protestantism
#1,360
Whereas the Protestant depends on a text, we Catholics are the process where the text was born.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: Bible, Catholicism, Christianity, Protestantism
June 28, 2010
#1,359
That the gospels are a reflection of the primitive Church is a thesis a Catholic can accept.
But lethal for Protestantism.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: Bible, Catholicism, Christianity, Protestantism
#1,358
On the wide-open steppe the individual finds no protection against the inclemency of nature, nor in egalitarian society against the inclemency of man.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 233
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Labels: equality, hierarchy, individual
#1,357
Philosophy does not have the task of transforming a world that is transformed all by itself.
But of judging that transformed world.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
at 12:00 PM 2 comments:
Labels: philosophy
#1,356
Languages were corrupted yesterday thanks to ignorant peasants.
Today they are corrupted by the pedantry and carelessness of the uncultivated specialist.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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Labels: academia, intellectuals, language, pedantry, people
#1,355
When we accept our mediocrity with good humor, the disinterestedness with which we take joy in another’s intelligence almost makes us intelligent.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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Labels: humor, intelligence, mediocrity
#1,354
Imagination withers away in a society whose cities lack gardens enclosed by high walls.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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Labels: imagination, society
June 27, 2010
#1,353
Glory, for the authentic artist, is not the sound of praise, but the terrible silence of the instant when he believed he hit his mark.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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#1,352
If men were born equal, they would invent inequality to kill boredom.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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Labels: boredom, equality
#1,351
Order is a deception.
But disorder is not a solution.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 232
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Labels: order, solutions
#1,350
Let us not complain of the soil in which we were born, but rather of the plant we are.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 231
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Labels: personality
#1,349
As long as the entertainment is sufficiently vulgar, nobody protests.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 231
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Labels: entertainment, vulgarity

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