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Quotations From CESARE PAVESE

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  • 11.
    If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be!
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for March 17, 1940 (1952, trans. 1961).

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  • 12.
    No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. Journal entry, March 23, 1938. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950 (1950, trans. 1961). Suicide was a continuing theme in Pavese's diaries; he took his own life on Aug. 27, 1950, shortly after being awarded the Strega Prize for literature.

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  • 13.
    Love is the cheapest of religions.
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for December 21, 1939 (1952, trans. 1961).

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  • 14.
    Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for Jan. 15, 1938 (1952, trans. 1961).

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