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My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

I don't conquer, I submit.
- 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

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

Marriage is the tomb of love.
- Giacomo Casanova

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

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

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

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

Love is three quarters curiosity.
- Giacomo Casanova

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

If there is a will, there is a way.
- Anonymous

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
- Tony Robbins

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

The boldness of endurance is
the underline to almost every success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Success is failure recycled.
Life is death reborn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

One important key to success is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.
- Robert Kiyosaki

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

The only roadblock to success is limited thinking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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