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Джакомо Леопарди

Дата рождения: 29. Июнь 1798
Дата смерти: 14. Июнь 1837
Другие имена: Giacomo Graf Leopardi

Джакомо Леопарди — итальянский романтический поэт, мыслитель-моралист, филолог.


„У кого нет цели, тот не находит радости ни в каком занятии.“

„Каждый несчастлив ровно на столько, насколько он сам считает себя несчастным.“


„Нерешительные люди бывают особенно упорны в исполнении своих намерений, и таковы они по причине самой своей нерешительности: ведь отказавшись от того, что они уже рассудили сделать, они должны будут ещё раз принять решение.“

„Несчастья не так губительны для счастья, как тоска.“

„Тоска — самое бесплодное из всех человеческих переживаний.“

„Природа — чудовище, недостойное воспевания, зарождающее и вскармливающее для того, чтобы убить.“

„The surest way of concealing from others the boundaries of one's own knowledge is not to overstep them.“

„Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.“


„Quella vita ch'è una cosa bella, non è la vita che si conosce, ma quella che non si conosce; non la vita passata, ma la futura. Coll'anno nuovo, il caso incomincerà a trattar bene voi e me e tutti gli altri, e si principierà la vita felice. Non è vero?“ Operette morali

„Death is not an evil, because it frees us from all evils, and while it takes away good things, it takes away also the desire for them. Old age is the supreme evil, because it deprives us of all pleasures, leaving us only the appetite for them, and it brings with it all sufferings. Nevertheless, we fear death, and we desire old age.“

„Children find everything in nothing, men find nothing in everything.“ Zibaldone di pensieri

„What do you do there, moon, in the sky? Tell me what you do, silent moon. When evening comes you rise and go contemplating wastelands; then you set.“


„Rest forever, tired heart.
The final illusion has perished.
The one we believed eternal is gone.
Just like that. Out the door desire
follows hope. Rest forever.
Enough throbbing. Nothing deserves your attention
nor is the earth worth a sigh.
Bitterness and boredom is life,
nothing else ever, and the world is mud.
Quiet now. Despair for the last time.
Fate gives us dying as a gift.
Now turn from the hills, the ugly hidden power
which rules for the common evil
and the infinite vanity of it all.“

„Freedom is the dream you dream
While putting thought in chains again“
Canti

„This solitary hill has always been dear to me
And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of
The endless horizon.
But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughts
Endless spaces beyond the hedge,
An all encompassing silence and a deeply profound quiet,
To the point that my heart is almost overwhelmed.
And when I hear the wind rustling through the trees
I compare its voice to the infinite silence.
And eternity occurs to me, and all the ages past,
And the present time, and its sound.
Amidst this immensity my thought drowns:
And to founder in this sea is sweet to me.“

„Creatures naturally hate their fellow-creatures, and whenever their own interest requires it, harm them. We cannot therefore avoid hatred and injuries from men, while to a great extent we can avoid their scorn. This is why there is usually little point in the respect which young people and those new to the world pay to those they come across, not through mean-mindedness or any other form of self-interest, but through a benevolent desire not to provoke enmity and to win hearts. They do not fulfill this desire, and in some ways they harm their own repute, because the person who is so respected comes to have a greater idea of himself, and he who pays the respect a lesser idea of himself. He who does not look to men for usefulness or fame, should not look for love either, since he will not obtain it. If he wants my opinion, he should preserve his own dignity completely, giving to everyone no more than his due. Thus he will be somewhat more hated and persecuted than otherwise, but not often despised.“ Thoughts

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