Ignazio Silone

Italian author and politician (1900-1978)

Ignazio Silone (1 May 1900 – 22 August 1978) was the pseudonym of Secondino Tranquilli, an Italian author and politician.

Ignazio Silone


  • "Political regimes come and go, but bad habits endure." (alt trans = 'remain')
    • "The Choice of Comrades", Dissent (Winter 1955).


  • This reminded me of what Ignazio Silone said in 1945 soon after he returned to Italy from his Zurich exile: "The Fascism of tomorrow will never say 'I am Fascism.' It will say: 'I am anti-Fascism.'"
  • Variant: When I met him in Geneva on the day of his scheduled return home after the long exile in Switzerland, Silone said abruptly: "If at a future moment fascism will return, it will not be so stupid as to say: 'I am fascism.' It will say: 'I am antifascism.'"
    • "Ignazio Silone: In Memoriam", The Washington Quarterly, vol. 2, issue 2 (1979).

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