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Cesare Pavese
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I am the captain of my destiny, I do not abandon the ship in hard times, But, I do have sense enough not to go down with the ship. Cesare Pavese
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Woman gives herself as a prize to the weak and as a prop to the strong and no man ever has what he should. Cesare Pavese
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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. Cesare Pavese
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Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world. Cesare Pavese
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He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. Cesare Pavese
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War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did not exist, and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values. Cesare Pavese
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Don't mix wine and women. Cesare Pavese
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Those philosophers who believe in the absolute logic of truth have never had to discuss it on close terms with a woman. Cesare Pavese
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All our "most sacred affections " are merely prosaic habit. Cesare Pavese
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What world lies beyond that stormy sea I do not know, but every ocean has a distant shore, and I shall reach it. Cesare Pavese
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Childhood is not only the childhood we really had but also the impressions we formed of it in our adolescence and maturity. That is why childhood seems so long. Probably every period of life is multiplied by our reflections upon the next. Cesare Pavese
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We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten. Cesare Pavese
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From someone who doesn't want to share your destiny, you should neither accept a cigarette Cesare Pavese
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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? Cesare Pavese
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The man of action is not the headstrong fool who rushes into danger with no thought for himself, but the man who puts into practice the things he knows. Cesare Pavese
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Work alone isn't enough for me and mine; we know how to break our backs, but the great dream Of my fathers was to be good at doing nothing. Cesare Pavese
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The real affliction of old age is remorse. Cesare Pavese
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Misfortunes cannot suffice to make a fool into an intelligent man. Cesare Pavese
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When you dream, you are an author, but you do not know how it will end. Cesare Pavese
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Why so much innuendo, draped like ivy to hide a cesspool, when everyone knew the cesspool was there? Cesare Pavese
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Many men on the point of an edifying death would be furious if they were suddenly restored to health. Cesare Pavese
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There is no finer revenge than that which others inflict on your enemy. Moreover, it has the advantage of leaving you the role of a generous man. Cesare Pavese
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In fact a man in love or one consumed with hatred creates symbols for himself, as a superstitious man does, from a passion of conferring uniqueness on things or persons. A man who knows nothing of symbols is one of Dante's sluggards. This is why art mirrors itself in primitive rites or strong passions, seeking for symbols, revolving round the primitive taste for savagery, for what is irrational (blood and sex). Cesare Pavese
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If it is true that one gets used to suffering, how is it that as the years go one always suffers more? No, they are not mad, those people who amuse themselves, enjoy life, travel, make love, fight they are not mad. We should like to do the same ourselves. Cesare Pavese
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You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. Cesare Pavese
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To choose a hardship for ourselves is our only defence against that hardship. This is what is meant by accepting suffering.... Those who, by their very nature, can suffer completely, utterly, have an advantage. Cesare Pavese
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Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible. Cesare Pavese
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Suffering is by no means a privilege, a sign of nobility, a reminder of God. Suffering is a fierce, bestial thing, commonplace, uncalled for, natural as air. It is intangible; no one can grasp it or fight against it; it dwells in time - is the same thing as time; if it comes in fits and starts, that is only so as to leave the sufferer more defenseless during the moments that follow, those long moments when one relives the last bout of torture and waits for the next. Cesare Pavese
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Reality is a prison, where one vegetates and always will... Cesare Pavese
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For women, history does not exist. Murasaki, Sappho, and Madame Lafayette might be their own contemporaries. Cesare Pavese
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When we read, we are not looking for new ideas, but to see our own thoughts given the seal of confirmation on the printed page. The words that strike us are those that awake an echo in a zone we have already made our own-the place where we live-and the vibration enables us to find fresh starting points within ourselves Cesare Pavese
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Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference. Cesare Pavese
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Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic. Cesare Pavese
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The only joy in the world is to begin. Cesare Pavese
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The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped. Cesare Pavese
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It is not the actual enjoyment of pleasure that we desire. What we want is to test the futility of that pleasure, so as to be no longer obsessed by it. Cesare Pavese
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You will hear words old and spent and useless like costumes left over from yesterday's parties. Cesare Pavese
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The problem is not the harshness of Fate, for anything we want strongly enough we get. The trouble is rather that when we have it we grow sick of it, and then we should never blame Fate, only our own desire. Cesare Pavese
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In general, the man who is readily disposed to sacrifice himself is one who does not know how else to give meaning to his life. The profession of enthusiasm is the most sickening of all insincerities. Cesare Pavese
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Love has the faculty of making two lovers seem naked, not in each other's sight, but in their own. Cesare Pavese
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The act the act must not be a revenge. It must be a calm, weary renunciation, a closing of accounts, a private, rhythmic deed. The last remark. Cesare Pavese
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We want Realism's wealth of experience and Symbolism's depth of feeling. All art is a problem of balance between two opposites. Cesare Pavese
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We care so little of other people than even Christianity urges us to do good for the love of God . Cesare Pavese
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We are all capable of evil thoughts, but only very rarely of evil deeds: we can all do good deeds, but very few of us can think good thoughts. Cesare Pavese
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You dont remember days, you remember moments Cesare Pavese
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Many men on the point of an edifying death would be furious if they were suddenly restored to life. Cesare Pavese
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Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi. (Death will come and it will have your eyes.) Cesare Pavese
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You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. Cesare Pavese
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You've got to understand life, understand it when you're young. Cesare Pavese
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Remember, writing poetry is like making love: one will never know whether one's own pleasure is shared. Cesare Pavese
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The only joy in the world is to begin. It is good to be alive because living is beginning, always, every moment. Cesare Pavese
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Writing is a fine thing, because it combines the two pleasures of talking to yourself and talking to a crowd. Cesare Pavese
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Perfect behaviour is born of complete indifference. Cesare Pavese
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If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be. Cesare Pavese
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Lessons are not given, they are taken. Cesare Pavese
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One must look for one thing only, to find many. Cesare Pavese
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The face of the night will be an old wound that reopens each evening, impassive and living. The distant silence will ache like a soul, mute, in the dark. We'll speak to the night as it's whispering softly. Cesare Pavese
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I was happy enough; I knew that during the night the whole city might go up in flames and all its people be killed, but the ravines, houses, and footpaths would wake in the morning calm and unchanged. Cesare Pavese
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We like to have work to do, so as to have the right to rest. Cesare Pavese
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Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends Cesare Pavese
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At great periods you have always felt, deep within you, the temptation to commit suicide. You gave yourself to it, breached your own defenses. You were a child. The idea of suicide was a protest against life; by dying, you would escape this longing for death. Cesare Pavese
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The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies. The fearful thing about it is that, not knowing what truth may be, we can still recognize lies. Cesare Pavese
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The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten. Cesare Pavese
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Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body. Cesare Pavese
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In the mental disturbance and effort of writing, what sustains you is the certainty that on every page there is something left unsaid. Cesare Pavese
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Narrating incredible things as though they were real old system; narrating realities as though they were incredible the new. Cesare Pavese
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We do not free ourselves from something by avoiding it, but only by living though it. Cesare Pavese
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But all years are stupid. It's only when they're over that they become interesting. Cesare Pavese
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Life is not a search for experience, but for ourselves. Having discovered our own fundamental level we realize that it conforms to our own destiny and we find peace. Cesare Pavese
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Men who have a tempestuous inner life and do not seek to give vent to it by talking or writing are simply men who have no tempestuous inner life. Give company to a lonely man and he will talk more than anyone. Cesare Pavese
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