Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese

Italian novelist and poet

Lived from: 1908-1950

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Cesare Pavese

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    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.
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    All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.
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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.
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    Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.
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    Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body.
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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!
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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?
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    Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
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    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.''
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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.
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    Love is the cheapest of religions.
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    No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.
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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.
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    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.
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    Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
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