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Giacomo Leopardi Quotes

Theres no greater sign of being a poor philosopher and wise man than wanting all of life to be wise and philosophical.
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Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Death is not an evil, because it frees us from all evils, and while it takes away good things, it takes away also the desire for them. Old age is the supreme evil, because it deprives us of all pleasures, leaving us only the appetite for them, and it brings with it all sufferings. Nevertheless, we fear death, and we desire old age.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Freedom is the dream you dream
While putting thought in chains again

— Giacomo Leopardi

What do you do there, moon, in the sky? Tell me what you do, silent moon. When evening comes you rise and go contemplating wastelands; then you set.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Rest forever, tired heart.
The final illusion has perished.
The one we believed eternal is gone.
Just like that. Out the door desire
follows hope. Rest forever.
Enough throbbing. Nothing deserves your attention
nor is the earth worth a sigh.
Bitterness and boredom is life,
nothing else ever, and the world is mud.
Quiet now. Despair for the last time.
Fate gives us dying as a gift.
Now turn from the hills, the ugly hidden power
which rules for the common evil
and the infinite vanity of it all.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Seated here in contemplations lost, my thought discovers vaster space beyond, supernal silence and unfathomed peace

— Giacomo Leopardi

Everything since Homer has improved, except poetry.

— Giacomo Leopardi

The Infinite
It was always dear to me, this solitary hill,
and this hedgerow here, that closes out my view,
from so much of the ultimate horizon.
But sitting here, and watching here, in thought,
I create interminable spaces,
greater than human silences, and deepest
quiet, where the heart barely fails to terrify.
When I hear the wind, blowing among these leaves,
I go on to compare that infinite silence
with this voice, and I remember the eternal
and the dead seasons, and the living present,
and its sound, so that in this immensity
my thoughts are drowned, and shipwreck seems sweet
to me in this sea.

— Giacomo Leopardi

No human trait deserves less tolerance in everyday life, and gets less, than intolerance.

— Giacomo Leopardi

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.

— Giacomo Leopardi

There are some centuries which - apart from everything else - in the art and other disciplines presume to remake everything because they know how to make nothing.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards.

— Giacomo Leopardi

It's interesting to observe that almost all truly worthy men have simple manners, and that simple manners are almost always taken as a sign of little worth

— Giacomo Leopardi

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much a master of the world as he who is ready to die.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Men do not so much hate an evil-doer, or evil itself, as they hate the man who calls evil by its real name.

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The artist's conception of his art or the scientist's of his science is usually as great as his conception of his own worth is small.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Since the world never faults a man who refuses to yield ... it is generally recognized that weak men live in obedience to the world's will, while the strong obey only their own.

— Giacomo Leopardi

Men are ready to suffer anything from others or from heaven itself, provided that, when it comes to words, they are untouched.

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If the best company is that which we leave feeling most satisfied with ourselves, it follows that it is the company we leave most bored.

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The world laughs at things it would really prefer to admire, and like Aesop's fox it criticizes things it covets.

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I find it awfully difficult to determine if the habit of talking about oneself at length runs contrary to the basic rules of propriety, or if instead the man exempt from this vice is rare.

— Giacomo Leopardi

The thought that really crushes us is the thought of the futility of life of which death is the visible manifestation.

— Giacomo Leopardi

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