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Luigi Pirandello Quotes





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A fact is like a sack - it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.
 

Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.
 

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
 

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.
 

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.
 

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants, lives so as to give a meaning and a value to his own life.
[Goals]
 

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.
[Human Relations]
 

I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.
 

In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.
 

It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!
 

Life is a very sad piece of buffoonery, because we have ... the need to fool ourselves continuously by the spontaneous creation of a reality ... which, from time to time, reveals itself to be vain and illusory.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.
 

My opinion is a view I hold until... well, until I find something that changes it.
 

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.
 

None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct.
[Instincts]
 

The history of mankind is the history of ideas.
 

The secret of living is to find ... the pivot of a concept on which you can make your stand.
[Goals]
 

The secret of living is to find a pivot, the pivot of a concept on which you can make your stand.
[Commitment]
 

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow.
 

When the characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.
 


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