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Cesare Pavese Quotes

(1908-1950), Italian Poet, Novelist, Translator

Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.

Category: Behavior

Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

Category: Free Will

Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body.

Category: Hatred

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?

Category: Imagination

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.

Category: Infatuation

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.

Category: Life And Living

Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''

Category: Literature

A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be.

Category: Loneliness

Love is the cheapest of religions.

Category: Love

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

Category: Love

We don't remember days; we remember moments.

Category: Memory

We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.

Category: Memory

Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.

Category: Pain

Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.

Category: Price

Reality is a prison, where one vegetates and always will. All the rest --thought, action --is just a pastime, mental or physical. What counts then, is to come to grips with reality. The rest can go.

Category: Reality