Cesare Pavese

Italy
9 Sep 1908 // 27 Aug 1950
Writer / Poet

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No woman marries for money: they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first
Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped
The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies
One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness
Love is the cheapest of religions
Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances
Lessons are not given, they are taken
It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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