Fausto Cercignani

Fausto Cercignani (2011)

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


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


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

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