That you need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. Your own village means that you're not alone, that you know there's something of you in the people and the plants and the soil, that even when you are not there it waits to welcome you.
The moon and the bonfire, Chapter I, p. 9
There is no finer revenge than that which others inflict on your enemy. Moreover, it has the advantage of leaving you the role of a generous man.Cesare Pavese
War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did not exist , and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values.Cesare Pavese
Many men on the point of an edifying death would be furious if they were suddenly restored to health.Cesare Pavese
It's pointless to cry. One is born and dies alone...Cesare Pavese
That war in which I had been sheltering, convinced of having accepted it, of having made my own uncomfortable peace, grew more ferocious, bit deeper, reached into one's nerves and brain.Cesare Pavese
Generations do not age. Every youth of any period, any civilization, has the same possibilities as always.Cesare Pavese
The whole problem of life, then, is this: how to break out of one's own loneliness, how to communicate with others.Cesare Pavese
Life without smoking is like the smoke without the roast.Cesare Pavese
There comes a day when, for someone who has persecuted us, we feel only indifference, a weariness at his stupidity . Then we forgive him.Cesare Pavese
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