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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 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Since, though I do not repent my amorous exploits, I am far from wanting my example to contribute to the corruption of the fair sex, which deserves our homage for so many reasons, I hope that my observations will foster prudence in fathers and mothers and thus at least deserve their esteem.

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 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

In fact, to gull a fool seems to me an exploit worthy of a witty man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Love is only a feeling of curiousity more or less intense, grafted upon the inclination placed in us by nature that the species may be preserved.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The man who seeks to educate himself must first read and then travel in order to correct what he has learned.

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

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

As to the deceit perpetrated upon women, let it pass, for, when love is in the way, men and women as a general rule dupe each other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The same principle that forbids me to lie does not allow me to tell the truth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

We love without heeding reason, and cease to love in the same manner.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Those who do not love life do not deserve it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

To Kiss : An attempt to absorb the essence of the other person.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

You will laugh when you discover that I often had no scruples about deceiving nitwits and scoundrels and fools when I found it necessary. As for women, this sort of reciprocal deceit cancels itself out, for when love enters in, both parties are usually dupes

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 16 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

It is shallow desires which make a young man bold; strong desires confound him.

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Thence, I suppose, my natural disposition to make fresh acquaintances, and to break with them so readily, although always for a good reason, and never through mere fickleness.

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 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

In the mean time I worship God, laying every wrong action under an interdict which I endeavour to respect, and I loathe the wicked without doing them any injury.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

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

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 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 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it.

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 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

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

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 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

They are the follies inherent to youth; I make sport of them, and, if you are kind, you will not yourself refuse them a good-natured smile.

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 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious.

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

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

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 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 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

Cheating is a sin, but honest cunning is simply prudence. It is a virtue. To be sure, it has a likeness to roguery, but that cannot be helped. He who has not learned to practice it is a fool.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

When you fool a fool you strike a blow for intelligence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I always made my food congenial to my constitution, and my health was always excellent.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

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

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

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Giacomo Casanova

I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy.