Giacomo Leopardi

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Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (June 29 1798June 14 1837) was an Italian poet and philosophical writer.

Giacomo Leopardi


  • Il piacere è sempre o passato o futuro, non mai presente.
    • Pleasure is always in the past or in the future, never in the present.
    • Source: Zibaldone, 3550, 29 settembre 1823, Festa di San Michele Arcangelo) [Zibaldone, 3550 – 1823-09-23, Festival of Saint Michael the Archangel]
  • Stato che sia, dentro covile o cuna,
    È funesto a chi nasce il dì natale.
    • To that creature, being born,
      Its birthday is a day to mourn.
    • Source: Canto notturno di un pastore errante dell'Asia (Night song of a nomadic shepherd in Asia) (1829-1830). Translation by Eamon Grennan, Leopardi: Selected Poems [Princeton University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-691-01644-5], p. 62

Quotes about Leopardi[edit]

  • What is Leopardi's place in literature? That assigned to him by his countrymen is very high, higher than they would concede to any other Italian poet born since the close of the sixteenth century.

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