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Cesare Pavese quotes

Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

Lessons are not given, they are taken.

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

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

No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.

The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.

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

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

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

If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be.

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

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

Love is the cheapest of religions.

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

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?

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

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

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

The only joy in the world is to begin.