Luigi Pirandello

(1867_1936 / Agrigento)

Luigi Pirandello Quotes

  • ''Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. Maurizio, in The Pleasure of Honesty, act 1.
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  • ''In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. Silia, in The Rules of the Game, act 2.
  • ''Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The Father, addressing the Manager, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 3.
  • ''Woman—for example, look at her case! She turns tantalizing inviting glances on you. You seize her. No sooner does she feel herself in your grasp than she closes her eyes. It is a sign of her mission, the sign by which she says to man: "Blind yourself, for I am blind."''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father addressing the step-daughter, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1.
  • ''Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).
  • ''A fact is like a sack—it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921). The notion of an empty bag, or sack is proverbial: Benjamin Franklin noted in Poor Richard's Almanac: "An empty bag cannot stand upright." (Jan. 1740).
  • ''Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be—like the reality of yesterday—an illusion tomorrow.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 3 (1921).
  • ''Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The Father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).
  • ''It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).
  • ''Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).

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