Frases de Constantino Cavafis

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Constantino Cavafis

Fecha de nacimiento: 29. Abril 1863
Fecha de muerte: 29. Abril 1933

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Constantino Cavafis fue un poeta griego, una de las figuras literarias más importantes del siglo XX y uno de los mayores exponentes del renacimiento de la lengua griega moderna.

Trabajó como periodista y como funcionario, y publicó relativamente poco en vida, aunque tras su muerte su obra cobró paulatinamente influencia.

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Frases Constantino Cavafis

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„How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: I look before me at my lighted candles, I don’t want to turn around and see with horror How quickly the dark line is lengthening, How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out. "Candles" [Κεριά], as translated by Manolis, in Constantine P. Cavafy: Poems (2008) edited by George Amabile

„Its councils are full of Legislators
no charlatan can fool.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Just to be on the first step should make you happy and proud. To have come this far is no small achievement: what you have done is a glorious thing. Even this first step is a long way above the ordinary world. To stand on this step you must be in your own right a member of the city of ideas. And it is a hard, unusual thing to be enrolled as a citizen of that city. Its councils are full of Legislators no charlatan can fool. The First Step http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=145&cat=1

„And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: p>I created you while I was happy, while I was sad, with so many incidents, so many details.And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.</p " In the Same Space http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_134.htm" (1929)

„Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes
it brings less joy than one expected.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes it brings less joy than one expected. But at least we've gained this much: we've rid ourselves of hope and expectation.

„The Spartans weren't to be led
and ordered around
like precious servants.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The Spartans weren't to be led and ordered around like precious servants. Besides, they wouldn't have thought a pan-Hellenic expedition without a Spartan king in command was to be taken very seriously. Of course, then, "except the Lacedaimonians." That's certainly one point of view. Quite understandable. " In The Year 200 B.C. http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_1.htm" (1931)

„His friends weren’t Christians; that much was certain.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: His friends weren’t Christians; that much was certain. But even so they couldn’t play as he could (brought up a Christian) with a new religious system, ludicrous in both theory and application. They were, after all, Greeks. Nothing in excess, Augustus. Julian Seeing Contempt http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=108&cat=1

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„Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny.
Who knows what new things it will expose?“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: It will be a great relief when a window opens. But the windows are not there to be found — or at least I cannot find them. And perhaps it is better that I don’t find them. Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny. Who knows what new things it will expose? The Windows http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=137&cat=1

„I created you while I was happy, while I was sad,
with so many incidents, so many details.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: p>I created you while I was happy, while I was sad, with so many incidents, so many details.And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.</p " In the Same Space http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_134.htm" (1929)

„He wasn’t completely wrong, poor old Gemistus“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: He wasn’t completely wrong, poor old Gemistus (let Lord Andronicus and the patriarch suspect him if they like), in wanting us, telling us to become pagan once again. "After the Swim" as translated by Daniel Mendelsohn

„That's certainly one point of view. Quite understandable.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The Spartans weren't to be led and ordered around like precious servants. Besides, they wouldn't have thought a pan-Hellenic expedition without a Spartan king in command was to be taken very seriously. Of course, then, "except the Lacedaimonians." That's certainly one point of view. Quite understandable. " In The Year 200 B.C. http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_1.htm" (1931)

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„You won't find a new country, won't find another shore.
This city will always pursue you.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: You won't find a new country, won't find another shore. This city will always pursue you. You'll walk the same streets, grow old in the same neighbourhoods, turn grey in these same houses. You'll always end up in this city. Don't hope for things elsewhere: there's no ship for you, there's no road. Now that you've wasted your life here, in this small corner, you've destroyed it everywhere in the world. " The City http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_33.htm", st. 2 (1910)

„He knows he’s aged a lot: he sees it, feels it.
Yet it seems he was young just yesterday.
So brief an interval, so very brief.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: He knows he’s aged a lot: he sees it, feels it. Yet it seems he was young just yesterday. So brief an interval, so very brief. And he thinks of Prudence, how it fooled him, how he always believed — what madness — that cheat who said: “Tomorrow. You have plenty of time.” An Old Man http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=39&cat=1

„The greatest gods of our glorious Greece
appeared before you.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The greatest gods of our glorious Greece appeared before you. And if they left, don’t think for a minute that they were frightened by a gesture. Julian at the Mysteries http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=166&cat=4

„Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory. And if you cannot curb your ambitions, at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously. And the higher you go, the more searching and careful you need to be. The Ides of March http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=86&cat=1

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