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Cesare Pavese Quotes

"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity."

"The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies."

"We do not remember days, we remember moments."

"Contraries are cured by contraries."

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears."

"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity"

"Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue."

"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped."

"Lessons are not given, they are taken."

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

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

"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."

"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?"

"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."

"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.""

"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."

"Love is the cheapest of religions."

"No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide."

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

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