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Cesare Pavese

1908-1950. Italian poet, critic, novelist, and translator.

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We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.

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Love is the cheapest of religions.

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No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.

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One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love -- any love -- reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.

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At great periods you have always felt, deep within you, the temptation to commit suicide. You gave yourself to it, breached your own defenses. You were a child. The idea of suicide was a protest against life; by dying, you would escape this longing for death.

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

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Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

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We don't remember days; we remember moments.

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

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A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be.

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