Fausto Cercignani

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Fausto Cercignani (2011)

Fausto Cercignani (born 1941) is an Italian scholar, essayist and poet.

Quotes[edit]

Quotes we cherish. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani (2014)[edit]

Brian Morris (2013, 2nd ed. 2014) Quotes we cherish. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, Lulu Press, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Never forget what you would rather forget!
    • p. 7
  • We learn a lot from the mistakes of others, but even more from our own.
    • p. 9
  • When one must fight, one had better do it without hesitation, according to his own nature.
    • p. 11
  • Personal dignity is to be measured with the yardstick of one’s conscience, not with that of other people’s judgement.
    • p. 13
  • Every human relationship implies compromises, but the limit to any compromise is one’s own dignity.
    • p. 15
  • Inner freedom demands the rejection of any imposition that injures our dignity.
    • p. 17
  • Perfection is the dream of imperfection that refuses to wake up.
    • p. 19
  • If you have never had a dream, perhaps you have only dreamt to be alive.
    • p. 21
  • Perhaps it is true that the trials of life always teach us something, but it is undeniable that we are not always so eager to learn.
    • p. 23
  • They say there is a difference between actual temperature and perceived temperature, but in the “bearable heaviness of being” the actual measure is no doubt the weight we perceive.
    • p. 25
  • Tomorrow is another day” is something you can say only to yourself, not to the person you want to comfort.
    • p. 27
  • Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.
    • p. 29
  • Once I believed that sooner or later I would come across a really wise person; today I couldn’t even say what wisdom is.
    • p. 31
  • As long as his strength permits, the poor mortal must always climb new mountains.
    • p. 33
  • If use becomes abuse, we should intervene at once, for if abuse becomes habit, then there is no remedy.
    • p. 35
  • If you despise habits so much, it is because you do not realize that nobody can do without them.
    • p. 37
  • The origin of certain superstitions is often connected to the intention of attributing adverse events to specific causes.
    • p. 39

Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani (2014)[edit]

Brian Morris (2013, 2nd ed. 2014) Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, Lulu Press Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Unlike money, hope is all: for the rich as well as for the poor.
    • p. 5
  • Calumny can injure you only if you reflect yourself in others and not in your conscience.
    • p. 7
  • If you are living in the past or in the future, you will never find a meaning in the present.
    • p. 9
  • Your will cannot always choose the path; very often the route is determined by chance or by the will of others.
    • p. 11
  • Perhaps it is not true that “a man becomes what he dreams” [1]; but if he does not dream, what kind of a man is he?
    • p. 13
  • Wishing to dare serves no purpose at all, if it remains a wish.
    • p. 15
  • A secret remains a secret until you make someone promise never to reveal it.
    • p. 17
  • Secret thoughts are only half free: they fly undisturbed in the skies of the inner freedom, but they can never leave them.
    • p. 19
  • It is certainly a good thing always to forgive with generosity, but it is no doubt just never to forget the wrongs received: they belong to the route that leads to inner maturity.
    • p. 21
  • Do not confuse fantasy with imagination: the former consumes itself in daydreaming, the latter stimulates creativity in the arts and in the sciences.
    • p. 29
  • An exception is nothing else than a rule that applies exceptionally.
    • p. 31
  • The thesis that the human being seeks God because of the disorder he perceives in himself does not take into account that the human being seems to prefer disorder.
    • p. 35
  • When you would suffocate or ignore dissent, remember how many times you dissented.
    • p. 37

References[edit]

  1. Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman in the film Grey Owl (1999).

External links[edit]

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