Juana Inés de la Cruz

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It always brings me more joy only to fix riches in my intellect and never my intellect fix on riches.

Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (English: Joan Agnes of the Cross; 12 November 165117 April 1695), was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse."

Quotes[edit]

  • ¿En perseguirme, mundo, qué interesas?
    ¿En qué te ofendo, cuando sólo intento
    poner bellezas en mi entendimiento
    y no mi entendimiento en las bellezas?
    • O World, why do you wish to persecute me?
      How do I offend you, when I intend
      only to fix beauty in my intellect,
      and never my intellect fix on beauty?
      • Sonnet 146, as translated by Edith Grossman in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works (2014)


  • Yo no estimo tesoros ni riquezas;
    y así, siempre me causa más contento
    poner riquezas en mi pensamiento
    que no mi pensamiento en las riquezas.
    • I do not set store by treasures or riches;
      and therefore it always brings me more joy
      only to fix riches in my intellect
      and never my intellect fix on riches.
      • Sonnet 146, as translated by Edith Grossman in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works (2014)
        • Alternate translation: I do not value treasures or riches; it always gives me more pleasure to put wealth in my thought than thought in my wealth.


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