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Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something which you have to be all the time. Which isn’t easy.

The Pleasure of Honesty by Luigi Pirandello, trans. William Murray

 

What’s the cause of our ills and sadness? Democracy, my dear sir, democracy! Government by the majority! When power is in the hands of one man, he knows that it’s his job to satisfy many; but when many govern they all think of satisfying themselves. And what do we get? Tyranny, my dear sir, in its most stupid form: tyranny masked as liberty!

Il fu Mattia Pascal (Mondadori) by Pirandello Luigi

 

For man never reasons so much and becomes so introspective as when he suffers; since he is anxious to get at the cause of his sufferings, to learn who has produced them, and whether it is just or unjust that he should have to bear them. On the other hand, when he is happy, he takes his happiness as it comes and doesn’t analyze it, just as if happiness were his right.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, trans. Edward Storer

 

Oh sir, you know well that life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, trans. Edward Storer

 

A character, sir, may always ask a man who he is. Because a character has really a life of his own, marked with his especial characteristics; for which reason he is always “somebody.” But a man — I’m not speaking of you now — may very well be “nobody.”

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, trans. Edward Storer

 

But a fact is like a sack which won’t stand up when it is empty. In order that it may stand up, one has to put into it the reason and sentiment which have caused it to exist.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, trans. Edward Storer

 

Illusions of reality represented in this fatuous comedy of life that never ends, nor can ever end! Because if tomorrow it were to end . . . then why, all would be finished.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, trans. Edward Storer

 

But don’t you see that the whole trouble lies here. In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

 

When faith is lacking, it becomes impossible to create certain states of happiness, for we lack the necessary humility.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

 

And this was a real crime, sir; because he who has had the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. He cannot die. The man, the writer, the instrument of the creation will die, but his creation does not die. And to live for ever, it does not need to have extraordinary gifts or to be able to work wonders.

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

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