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The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance
by 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

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

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

 

Marriage is the tomb of love.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love is three quarters curiosity.
- 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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