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Giacomo Casanova
By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have met with some of them - very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

[H]appy or miserable, life is the only blessing which man possesses[.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Cultivating whatever gave pleasure to my senses was always the chief business of my life; I have never found any occupation more important. Feeling that I was born for the sex opposite mine, I have always loved it and done all that I could to make myself loved by it. I have also been extravagantly fond of good food and irresistibly drawn by anything which could excite curiosity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Nobody can deprive me of the fact that I had a good time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

There is no honest woman with an uncorrupted heart whom a man is not sure of conquering by dint of gratitude. It is one of the surest and shortest means.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

We avenge intelligence when we deceive a fool, and the victory is worth the trouble

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Heart and head are the constituent parts of character; temperament has almost nothing to do with it, and, therefore, character is dependent upon education, and is susceptible of being corrected and improved.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The source of love, as I learned later, is a curiosity which, combined with the inclination which nature is obliged to give us in order to preserve itself. […] Hence women make no mistake in taking such pains over their person and their clothing, for it is only by these that they can arouse a curiosity to read them in those whom nature at their birth declared worthy of something better than blindness. […] As time goes on a man who has loved many women, all of them beautiful, reaches the point of feeling curious about ugly women if they are new to him. He sees a painted woman. The paint is obvious to him, but it does not put him off. His passion, which has become a vice, is ready with the fraudulent title page. ‘It is quite possible,’ he tells himself, ‘that the book is not as bad as all that; indeed, it may have no need of this absurd artifice.’ He decides to scan it, he tries to turn over the pages—but no! the living book objects; it insists on being read properly, and the ‘egnomaniac’ becomes a victim of coquetry, the monstrous persecutor of all men who ply the trade of love. You, Sir, who are a man of intelligence and have read these least twenty lines, which Apollo drew from my pen, permit me to tell you that if they fail to disillusion you, you are lost—that is, you will be the victim of the fair sex to the last moment of your life. If that prospect pleases you, I congratulate you

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Desires are but pain and torment, and enjoyment is sweet because it delivers us from them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

After all, a beautiful woman without a mind of her own leaves her lover with no resource after he had physically enjoyed her charms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The pleasure I gave my lovers was a four fifth of the pleasure I experienced.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool, and it is a victory not to be despised for a fool is covered with steel and it is often very hard to find his vulnerable part.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

What do you want to say to me?’ ‘Nothing—just to talk about the profession I am entering. I am about to practice virtue in order to find a man who loves it only to destroy it' [replied Mademoiselle Vesian.] ‘That is it exactly; and believe me, everything in this life is much the same. We refer everything to ourselves, and each of us is a tyrant. That is why the best of mortals is he who is tolerant.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The longer you remain in Rome,' said [Cardinal] S.C., ‘the smaller you will find it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have felt in my very blood, ever since I was born, a most unconquerable hatred towards the whole tribe of fools, and it arises from the fact that I feel myself a blockhead whenever I am in their company.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Happy are those lovers who, when their senses require rest, can fall back upon the intellectual enjoyments afforded by the mind! Sweet sleep then comes, and lasts until the body has recovered its general harmony. On awaking, the senses are again active and always ready to resume their action.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

When a man gets it into his head to do something, and when he exclusively occupies himself in that design, he must succeed, whatever the difficulties. That man will become Grand Vizier or Pope.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

You will be amused when you see that I have more than once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience, both knaves and fools.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

God ceases to be God only for those who can admit the possibility of His non-existence, and that conception is in itself the most severe punishment they can suffer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

economy spoils pleasure

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

There is no such thing as a perfectly happy or perfectly unhappy man in the world. One has more happiness in his life and another more unhappiness, and the same circumstance may produce widely different effects on individuals of different temperaments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Give me a man who is man enough to give himself just to the woman who is worth him. If that woman were me,I would love him alone and forever

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfils all the desires of the man it has captivated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Man is free, but his freedom ceases when he has no faith in it; and the greater power he ascribes to faith, the more he deprives himself of that power which God has given to him when He endowed him with the gift of reason.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I often had no scruples about deceiving nitwits and scoundrels and fools when I found it necessary. ...We avenge intelligence when we deceive a fool, and... deceiving a fool is an exploit worthy of an intelligent man. What has infused my very blood with an unconquerable hatred of the whole tribe of fools from the day of my birth is that I become a fool myself when I am in their company.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Those who do not love life do not deserve it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Hope is nothing but a deceitful flatterer accepted by reason only because it is often in need of palliatives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The story she had told me was possible, but it was not believable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

For my future I have no concern, and as a true philosopher, I never would have any, for I know not what it may be: as a Christian, on the other hand, faith must believe without discussion, and the stronger it is, the more it keeps silent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

From that moment our love became sad, and sadness is a disease which gives the death-blow to affection.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have not written my memoirs for those young people who can only save themselves from falling by spending their youth in ignorance, but for those whom experience of life has rendered proof against being seduced, whom living in the fire has transformed into salamanders.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The man who forgets does not forgive, he only loses the remembrance; forgiveness is the offspring of a noble heart, of a generous mind, whilst forgetfulness is only the result of a weak memory, or of an easy carelessness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have never done anything in my life except try to make myself ill when I had my health and try to make myself well when I had lost it. I have been equally and thoroughly successful in both, and today in that particular I enjoy perfect health, which I wish I could ruin again; but age prevents me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Death is a monster that chases the rapt spectator from the theater before the play he is watching with infinite interest has ended.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Praise the beautiful for their intelligence and the intelligent for their beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Enjoy the present, bid defiance to the future, laugh at all those reasonable beings who exercise their reason to avoid the misfortunes which they fear, destroying at the same time the pleasure that they might enjoy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

To lead a blameless life you must curb your passions , and whatever misfortune may befall you cannot be ascribed by anyone to want of good luck, or attributed to fate; these words are devoid of sense, and all fault will rightly fall on your own head.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Should I perchance still feel after my death, I would no longer have any doubt, but I would most certainly give the lie to anyone asserting before me that I was dead.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

We ourselve are the authors of almost all our woes and griefs, of which we so unreasonably complain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I found that the writer who says SUBLATA LUCERNA NULLUM DISCRIMEN INTER MULIERES ('when the lamp is taken away, all women are alike') says true; but without love, this great business is a vile thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

When a sonnet is mediocre it is bad, for it should be sublime.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

one who makes no mistakes makes nothing