Cesare Pavese

(9 September 1908 – 27 August 1950 / Santo Stefano Belbo)

Cesare Pavese Quotes

  • ''Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state.''
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for July 25, 1940 (1952, trans. 1961).
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  • ''Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.''
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for February 21, 1940 (1952, trans. 1961).
  • ''Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.''
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for January 19, 1938 (1952, trans. 1961).
  • ''The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.''
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. journal entry, Feb. 13, 1944. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950 (1950, trans. 1961).

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Best Poem of Cesare Pavese

You Have A Face Of Carved Stone

You have a face of carved stone,
blood of hardened earth,
you came from the sea.
All is gathered and scrutinized
and rejected by you
like the sea. In your heart
there's silence and words
ingested. You're darkness.
For you, dawn is silence.

You're like the voices
of the earth—the splash
of a pail in a well,
the song of the fire,
the thud of an apple,
resigned words
and thumps on thresholds,
the cry of a boy—things
that never go away.
You're not mute. You're darkness.

You're the closed cellar,
of beaten earth,
where once ...

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Ancestors

Stunned by the world, I reached an age
when I threw punches at air and cried to myself.
Listening to the speech of women and men,
not knowing how to respond, it's not fun.
But this too has passed: I'm not alone anymore,
and if I still don't know how to respond,
I don't need to. Finding myself, I found company.

I learned that before I was born I had lived

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