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Giacomo Casanova Quotes and Sayings

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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

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 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

Love is three quarters curiosity.
- 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

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 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

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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

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 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

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

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

Marriage is the tomb of love.
- Giacomo Casanova

I don't conquer, I submit.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

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

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success is a state of mind.
If you want success,
start thinking of yourself as a success.
- Joyce Brothers

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

I lay aside the battles within my own mind,
and grant myself peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
- Napoleon Hill


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