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Cesare Pavese
September 9, 1908 - August 27, 1950
Nationality: Italian
Category: Poet
Subcategory: Italian Poet

Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state.


Love is the cheapest of religions.


Lessons are not given, they are taken.


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.


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.


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.


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


One stops being a child when one realizes that telling one's trouble does not make it any better.


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


The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.


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


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


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


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


All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.


We do not remember days, we remember moments.


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


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


One must look for one thing only, to find many.


The only joy in the world is to begin.


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