Elsa Morante quotes

  • Man, by his very nature, tends to give himself an explanation of the world into which he is born. And this is what distinguishes him from the other species. Every individual, even the least intelligent, the lowest of outcasts, from childhood on gives himself some explanation of the world. And with it he manages to live. And without it, he would sink into madness.
    -- Elsa Morante

    #Intelligent #Men #Giving

  • It does not matter how the facts occur in life. It matters how they are told.
    -- Elsa Morante

    #Doe #Matter #Facts

  • So much of the news was invented for propaganda.
    -- Elsa Morante

    #News #Propaganda

  • So how can a poet-an intelligent, serious poet-write mystical verse now? The poetry of Adam Zagajewski provides the beginning of an answer to this question.

  • A highly intelligent man should take a primitive woman. Imagine if on top of everything else, I had a woman who interfered with my work.

  • Don't try to make intelligent decisions when your brain is hyped

  • Once you have a staff of prepared, intelligent, and energetic people, the next step is to motivate them to be creative.

  • I discovered that the most dangerous mask is the one worn by intelligent people because they are clever at their disguise.

  • We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease.

  • He was a volatile mixture of confidence and vulnerability. He could deliver extended monologues on professional matters, then promptly stop in his tracks to peer inquisitively into his guest's eyes for signs of boredom or mockery, being intelligent enough to be unable fully to believe in his own claims to significance. He might, in a past life, have been a particularly canny and sharp-tongued royal advisor.

  • When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, `Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.' But I was one-and-twenty No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, `The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; 'Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.' And I am two-and-twenty And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

  • We must see what in the Israeli identity - in the Israeli - we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory.

  • I love it when the Bible gives Emily Post-like tips that are both wise and easy to follow.