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We avenge intellect when we dupe a fool,
by 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

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

I learned very early that our health is always impaired
by some excess either of food or abstinence,
and I never had any physician except myself.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

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

Hatred, in the course of time, kills the unhappy wretch
who delights in nursing it in his bosom.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

I don't conquer, I submit.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

Worthy or not, my life is my subject,
and my subject is my life.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

I am bound to add that the excess in too little has
ever proved in me more dangerous than the excess in too much;
the last may cause indigestion,
but the first causes death.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

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

Marriage is the tomb of love.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

Love is three quarters curiosity.
- Giacomo Casanova

I will begin with this confession: whatever I have
done in the course of my life,
whether it be good or evil, has been done freely;
I am a free agent.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

I know that I have lived because I have felt,
and, feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence,
I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel.
- Giacomo Casanova

God, great principle of all minor principles,
God, who is Himself without a principle,
could not conceive Himself, if, in order to do it,
He required to know His own principle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

I leave to others the decision as to the good or evil
tendencies of my character,
but such as it is it shines upon my countenance,
and there it can easily be detected by any physiognomist.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giacomo Casanova

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The ugliest word in the world is revenge.
It spells hate; it spells fear; it spells greed.
For my loss, I must kill; I must steal - must avenge.
It's your fault; you must pay; you must bleed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting.
That's how much a son wishes to avenge his father.
That is how much two young people can love each other.
- Ben Kingsley

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
- Roger Ebert

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.
- Albert Einstein

Skill is the unified force of experience,
intellect and passion in their operation.
- John Ruskin

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

Feelings are much stronger than thoughts.
We are all led by instinct,
and our intellect catches up later.
- Bono

The higher the voice the smaller the intellect.
- Ernest Newman

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well
used than a powerful one that is idle.
- Bryant H. McGill

My intellect has always been more responsible than
my emotions for how I respond to the world.
- Suzanne Vega

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty,
our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect,
are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.
- James Callaghan

Luck is of little moment to the great general,
for it is under the control of his intellect and his judgment.
- Titus Livius

A human being has been given an intellect to make choices,
and we know there are other food sources that do not
require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed.
- Mary Tyler Moore

I think we actually punish children out of their relationship with their bodies...
we categorically separate mind and body and emotion and intellect.
- Susan Griffin

The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man,
and diversity will continue to increase with the progress,
refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
- Felix Adler

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit.
It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
- Charles Lamb

People desire power.
I don't know why they want it so.
It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect
which separates them from most of the populace.
- F. Murray Abraham

Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow,
and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.
- Guru Nanak

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life -
duties,
intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.
- Harold Brodkey

I don't dare postulate about science,
but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect
in order for art to happen.
- Lukas Foss

I am coming more and more to the conviction that the
necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated,
at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

It is a strange trade that of advocacy.
Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung
up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
- Thomas Carlyle

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual -
but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.
- Tadao Ando

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems,
we have great capacity - intellect and resources -
to do some thing about them.
- Henry Ford

The function of intellect is to provide a means of
modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life,
so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare.
- Edward Thorndike


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