Quotes and Sayings about Spain



"Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores."
- Bill Alexander
(Related: Force, Intellectuals, Poets, Spain, Workers, Writers)

"I was born at a bad time for Spain, but a really good one for cinema."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Time, Cinema, Spain)

"I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport - and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested."
- Fernando Alonso
(Related: People, Country, Culture, Day, Fans, Formula, Spain)

"After that I won a prize, I was with a group of ancient music of Spain that they helped me a lot with a grant, you see, during three years. And so I made my debut in 1944 and I found myself helping my family, it was a very poor family."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Family, Music, Poor, Spain, Years)

"I've always said that playing rugby in Spain is like being a bullfighter in Japan."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Being, Spain)

"Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. But I like it."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: America, Attention, Curiosity, English, Spain)

"I live in Spain. Oscars are something that are on TV Sunday night. Basically, very late at night. You don't watch, you just read the news after who won or who lost."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: News, Night, Spain)

"There are pockets of great food in Spain, but there are also pockets of very mediocre food in Spain, and the same in Morocco and the same in Croatia and the same in Germany and the same in Austria."
- Mario Batali
(Related: Food, Germany, Spain)

"We are the last remaining country to allow ourselves two breaks in the season. You just have to look at England, Italy and Spain, they play right through the season. We on the other hand take six weeks off in the winter until the end of January, and that is a luxury."
- Franz Beckenbauer
(Related: Country, End, England, Italy, Luxury, Play, Right, Spain, Winter)

"The Marxist analysis has got nothing to do with what happened in Stalin's Russia: it's like blaming Jesus Christ for the Inquisition in Spain."
- Tony Benn
(Related: Christ, Nothing, Spain)

"In Holland and Spain and France, where so many of us come from, people aren't interested in the sex lives of their players. We don't hear these stories - even in Italy where the media is right on top of football."
- Dennis Bergkamp
(Related: Sex, People, Football, France, Italy, Media, Right, Spain)

"The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as more recent attacks in Madrid, Spain, and London, England, showed in a very tragic way just how vulnerable many areas of the world are to these sorts of actions."
- Jo Bonner
(Related: Actions, England, London, Spain, World)

"I am not quite sure where home is right now. I do have places in London and Milan, and a house in Spain. I guess I would say home is where my mother is, and she lives in Spain."
- Sarah Brightman
(Related: Home, Mother, London, Now, Right, Spain)

"Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country."
- George Byron
(Related: Chivalry, Country, Right, Spain)

"The commerce of India does not grow, nor does that of Portugal, or of Turkey; that but that of the protected countries does increase, as has been shown in the case of Spain, and can now be shown in that of Germany."
- Henry Charles Carey
(Related: Commerce, Countries, Germany, Now, Spain, Turkey)

"It's the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain I hear so much noise from my window that can't stand it. In Switzerland it's the lack of noise that drives me crazy."
- Geraldine Chaplin
(Related: Change, Spain)

"I like health-conscious cooking, but growing up in the South, I do love southern cooking; southern France, southern Italy, southern Spain. I love southern cooking."
- Clarence Clemons
(Related: Love, Health, Cooking, France, Growing up, Italy, Spain)

"But those audiences in Spain, they were just so stoned. I don't like playing to audiences like that because they just don't do anything. I'm up here with my band and we're working really hard and they are just stoned."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Audiences, Spain)

"I'm not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw."
- Johan Cruijff
(Related: End, Religious, Spain)

"On some level, now, we are joining the larger world and realizing that we are connected with people in these very scary ways, sometimes. What happened recently in Spain affects us here and brings questions up. It is too bad that people have to be shaken up in that way."
- Edwidge Danticat
(Related: People, Now, Questions, Spain, World)

"I love Spain. I go back two or three times a year usually to visit friends and ride horses."
- Bo Derek
(Related: Love, Friends, Horses, Spain, Visit)

"It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins."
- Buenaventura Durruti
(Related: America, Cities, Spain, Workers)

"In the last 1,000 years, the Arabs have translated as many books as Spain translates in just one year."
- Larry Elder
(Related: Books, Spain, Years)

"In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks."
- Kevin Eubanks
(Related: People, Culture, Guitar, Spain, states)

"There was interest from clubs in Italy and England, I believe. But I've never been attracted by the way they play in Italy. Staying in Spain was always my preference."
- Luis Figo
(Related: England, Interest, Italy, Play, Spain)

"When I left Barcelona, staying in Spain was an important factor in my decision to join Madrid. I did not have to change country or learn a new language, adopt a different sort of lifestyle, and so on."
- Luis Figo
(Related: Change, Decision, Country, Language, Spain)

"After the desperate years of their own war, after six years of repression inside Spain and six years of horror in exile, these people remain intact in spirit. They are armed with a transcendent faith; they have never won, and yet they have never accepted defeat."
- Martha Gellhorn
(Related: Faith, War, People, Defeat, Horror, Repression, Spain, Spirit, Years)

"Thousand got away to other countries; thousands returned to Spain tempted by false promises of kindness. By the tens of thousands, these Spaniards died of neglect in the concentration camps."
- Martha Gellhorn
(Related: Countries, Kindness, Neglect, Promises, Spain)

"I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music is all about."
- Andy Gibb
(Related: Legal, Music, England, Now, Problems, Spain, Years)

"But the Spain which emerged around 1960, beginning with its economic miracle, created by the invasion of tourists, can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the part of its intellectuals, and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Beginning, Dedication, Intellectuals, Result, Spain, Tourists)

"And it is because a series of elements in Spanish life which operate today the same way as they did in the times of Blanco White made obvious my relationship with him, based on a similarity in Spain's condition."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Life, Obvious, Spain, Today)

"In Spain there's the king - and then there's Antonio."
- Melanie Griffith
(Related: Spain)

"I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Books, Spain, states, United)

"I never thought we'd catch him, and when I saw he was ready to drop I felt sorry for him. I wanted to show it's not true I'm trying to win it all. My goal is the Tour of Spain."
- Laurent Jalabert
(Related: Thought, Goal, Spain, Trying)

"Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood."
- Erica Jong
(Related: Church, America, Country, Hollywood, Italy, Spain)

"It's like a dream to come to Spain and stay for a couple of years and get somebody to teach me Spanish music."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Music, Dream, Spain, Years)

"Barcelona are my favourite team in Spain, let's put it that way."
- Frank Lampard
(Related: Spain)

"Whatever may be said as to our relations to some other countries, I think the relations of this country to Spain offer no ties of gratitude or of blood."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Gratitude, Blood, Countries, Country, May, Spain)

"We should never suffer Cuba to pass from the hands of Spain to any other European power."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Power, Spain)

"In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world."
- Federico Garcia Lorca
(Related: Country, Spain, World)

"When you want to make it clear to the rest of the world that you are not an imperialist, the best countries to have with you are Britain and Spain."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Countries, Rest, Spain, Want, World)

"Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain."
- John Masefield
(Related: Beauty, Old, Spain)

"The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination."
- James Monroe
(Related: War, America, Spain)

"The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong."
- James Monroe
(Related: Power, Abuse, Defense, Nations, Obligation, Right, Self, Spain)

"We tried many times before to speed on the social revolution in Spain; attempted to stir up the feelings of the people and to raise the banner of Libertarian Communism."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: People, Feelings, Communism, Revolution, Spain)

"If all our comrades of Europe, America and other countries, who do not understand what we are doing to Spanish Anarchism, would come to Spain, we could then see how they would react."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: America, Countries, Europe, Spain)

"Never will the Anarchists in Spain be made to suffer as they have been and are in Russia."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Russia, Spain, Will)

"In order to fully realise our aspirations, we must create in the masses of the people the sense of sacrifice and responsibility that has been the characteristic of the anarchist movement throughout its historic development in Spain."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Sacrifice, People, Development, Aspirations, Order, Responsibility, Sense, Spain)

"In Spain, we should have enough intelligence, enough sense of individual and collective responsibility to do for ourselves that which would be imposed upon us by a dictatorship."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Intelligence, Dictatorship, Responsibility, Sense, Spain)

"Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Constancy, Democracy, Madness, Old, Spain, Years)

"In Spain and Italy I would not have a life among the fans. Everyone wants to touch you, own you and approach you. I try to be as kind as possible to all my fans, but in those countries I could not do it. There they ask too much from you."
- Ruud van nistelrooy
(Related: Life, Countries, Fans, Italy, Spain)

"Italy and Spain really are not my countries."
- Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Related: Countries, Italy, Spain)

"I've done quite a few adverts. I've also done some presenting and acting work in Spain. I did a lot of Spanish education videos for people wanting to learn English."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: Education, Work, People, Acting, English, Spain)

"Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France."
- Paul Prudhomme
(Related: Food, People, France, Spain)

"The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Failure, Christianity, Influence, Spain)

"To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Day, Influence, Italy, Spain)

"Spain is not a racist country."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Country, Spain)

"The restaurant chefs in Spain are breaking ground, but in terms of the everyday cooking in Spain I still hear people coming back and saying they were disappointed. I think it's because they're expecting the chef stuff."
- Sally Schneider
(Related: People, Cooking, Saying, Spain)

"The attacks in Jordan, just like those before it in Indonesia, Egypt, Spain and the United States, demonstrate that terrorism does not discriminate by race, ethnicity or region. Instead, terrorists indiscriminately target those seeking to live a peaceful, loving and free life."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Life, Race, Spain, states, Terrorism, United)

"Yesterday, the president met with a group he calls the coalition of the willing. Or, as the rest of the world calls them, Britain and Spain."
- Jon Stewart
(Related: President, Rest, Spain, World, Yesterday)

"In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: EnglFrance, Glory, Italy, Literature, Shakespeare, Spain)

"There was a time when I used to live in Spain that it went really crazy with drugs and stuff like that."
- Patricia Velasquez
(Related: Time, Drugs, Spain)

"This is Port of Spain to me, a city ideal in its commercial and human proportions, where a citizen is a walker and not a pedestrian, and this is how Athens may have been before it became a cultural echo."
- Derek Walcott
(Related: Athens, Echo, May, Spain)

"We're aligning ourselves with Kerry. Our allegiance will be for peace, against war, no more deaths for oil, and for a dialogue between the government of Spain and the new Kerry administration."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Government, Peace, War, Oil, Spain, Will)