Cesare Pavese Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cesare pavese quotes, cesare pavese sayings, and cesare pavese proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Idleness makes hours pass slowly and years swiftly. Activity makes the hours short and the years long.      

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The only joy in the world is to begin.     

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Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.     

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We are all capable of evil thoughts, but only very rarely of evil deeds: we can all do good deeds, but very few of us can think good thoughts.     

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We never remember days, only moments.     

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We don't remember days; we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.     

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A man succeeds in completing a work only when his qualities transcend that work.     

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If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.     

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I am the captain of my destiny, I do not abandon the ship in hard times. But, I do have sense enough not to go down with the ship.     

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When a man mourns for someone who has played him false, it is not for love of her, but for his own humiliation at not having deserved her trust.     

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A consoling thought: what matters is not what we do, but the spirit in which we do it. Others suffer too; so much so that there is nothing in the world but suffering; the problem is simply to keep a clear conscience.     

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The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.     

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Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference.     

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It's pointless to cry. One is born and dies alone.     

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The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.     

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You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.     

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A dream is a creation of the intelligence, the creator being present but not knowing how it will end.     

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