THE MEMOIRS OF CASANOVA



By Jacques Casanova de Seingalt





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A man never argues well except when his

purse is well filled



Accepted the compliment for what it was

worth



Accomplice of the slanderer



Advantages of a great sorrow is that

nothing else seems painful



Age, that cruel and unavoidable disease



All women, dear Leah are for sale



All-powerful lever, gold



Alms given in public are sure to be

accompanied by vanity



Anger and reason do not belong to the

same family



Angry man always thinks himself right



At my age I could not be allowed to

have any opinions



Augurs could never look at each other

without laughing



Awkward or miserly, and therefore

unworthy of love



Axiom that "neglected right is lost

right"



Beauty is the only unpardonable offence

in your eyes



Beauty without wit offers love nothing



Bed is a capital place to get an

appetite



Best plan in this world is to be

astonished at nothing



Beware of the man of one book



Calumnies are easy to utter but hard to

refute



Cherishing my grief



Clever man deceives by telling the

truth



Commissaries of Chastity



Confession



Contempt of life



Could tell a good story without

laughing



Criticism only grazed the skin and

never wounded deeply



Delights are in proportion to the

privations we have suffered



Desire is only kept alive by being

denied



Desire to make a great fuss like a

great man



Despair which is not without some

sweetness



Despised ignoramus becomes an enemy



Diminish the tale of your years instead

of increasing it



Distance is relative



Divinities--novelty and singularity



Do not mind people believing anything,

provided it is not true



Do their duty, and to live in peace and

sweet ignorance



Economy in pleasure is not to my taste



Emotion is infectious



Essence of freedom consists in thinking

you have it



Everything hung from an if



Exercise their reason to avoid the

misfortunes which they fear



Fanaticism, no matter of what nature,

is only the plague



Fatal desire for luxury and empty show

spoils all



Favourite passion has always been

vengeance



First motive is always self-interest



Foolish enough to write the truth



For in the night, you know, all cats

are grey



For is love anything else than a kind

of curiosity?



Fortune flouts old age



Found him greater at a distance than

close at hand



Gave the Cardinal de Rohan the famous

necklace



Girl who gave nothing must take nothing



Give yourself up to whatever fate

offers to you,



Government ought never to destroy

ancient customs abruptly



Groans, and prayers, and blasphemies



Happiness is purely a creature of the

imagination



Happiness is not lasting--nor is man



Happy or unhappy from a merely cursory

inspection



Happy ignorance!



Happy age when one's inexperience is

one's sole misfortune



Hasty verses are apt to sacrifice wit

to rhyme



He won't be uneasy--he is a philosopher



Hobbes: of two evils choose the least



Honest old man will not believe in the

existence of rascals



Idle questions which are commonly

addressed to a traveller



If this and if that, and every other if



If I could live my life over again



If history did not lie



Ignorance is bliss



Ignorant, who talk about everything

right or wrong



Imagine that what they feel themselves

others must feel



It is only fools who complain



It's too much for honour and too little

for love



Jealousy leads to anger, and anger goes

a long way



Knowing that he would not be regretted

after his death



Last thing which we learn in all

languages is wit



Laugh out of season



Let not thy right hand know what thy

left hand doeth



Lie a sufficient number of times, one

ends by believing it



Light come, light go



Love always makes men selfish



Look on everything we don't possess as

a superfluity



Love fills our minds with idle visions



Love makes no conditions



Made a point of forgetting everything

unpleasant



Made a parade of his Atheism



Man needs so little to console him or

to soothe his grief



Marriage without enjoyment is a thorn

without roses



Marriage state, for which I felt I had

no vocation



Married a rich wife, he repented of

having married at all



Mere beauty does not go for much



Most trifling services are assessed at

the highest rates



My spirit and my desires are as young

as ever



My time was too short to write so

little



Mystical insinuations



Negligent attire



Never to pass an opinion on any subject



Never wearied himself with too much

thinking



Nobody read his books, but everybody

agreed he was learned



'Non' is equal to giving the lie



Now I am too old to begin curing myself



Obscenity disgusts, and never gives

pleasure



Oh! wonderful power of self-delusion



One never knows enough



Owed all its merits to antithesis and

paradox



Pardonable weakness, most of us prefer

"mine" to "thine"



Passing infidelity, but not inconstancy



Passion and prejudice cannot reason



People did not want to know things as

they truly were



People want to know everything, and

they invent



Pigmies mimicking a giant



Pity to sell cheaply what would have to

be replaced dearly



Pleasures are realities, though all too

fleeting



Pope, whom no Roman can believe to be

infallible



Post-masters



Prejudices which had the sanction of

the law



Pride is the daughter of folly



Privately indulged in every luxury that

he forbade to others



Privilege of a nursing mother



Promising everlasting constancy



Proud nation, at once so great and so

little



Quacks



Rather be your debtor than for you to

be mine



Read when I am gone



Reading innumerable follies one finds

written in such places



Repentance for a good deed



Reproached by his wife for the money he

had expended



Rid of our vices more easily than of

our follies



Rome the holy, which thus strives to

make all men pederasts



Rumour is only good to amuse fools



Sad symptom of misery which is called a

yawn



Sadness is a disease which gives the

death-blow to affection



Scold and then forgive



Scrupulously careful not to cheat you

in small things



Seldom praised and never blamed



Selfishness, then, the universal motor

of our actions?



Shewed his contempt by saying nothing



Sin concealed is half pardoned



Sleep--the very likeness of

non-existence



Snatching from poor mortal man the

delusions



Soften the hardships of the slow but

certain passage to the grave



Stupid servant is more dangerous than a

bad one



'Sublata lucerna nullum discrimen inter

feminas'



Submissive gaze of a captive who

glories in his chain



Surface is always the first to interest



Talent of never appearing to be a

learned man



Taste and feeling



Tell me whether that contempt of life

renders you worthy of it



There is no cure for death



There's time enough for that



Time that is given to enjoyment is

never lost



Time that destroys marble and brass

destroys also the very memory



Time is a great teacher



Timidity is often another word for

stupidity



To know ill is worse than not to know

at all



Vengeance is a divine pleasure



Verses which, like parasites, steal

into a funeral oration



Victims of their good faith



Wash their dirty linen in private



What is love?



When we can feel pity, we love no

longer



When one is in an ill humour,

everything is fuel for the fire



Whims of the mob and the fancies of the

Republic



Wife worthy of being a mistress



Wiser if they were less witty



Wish is father to the thought



Wit cannot stand before stupidity



Woman has in her tears a weapon



Women are always as old as they look



Women would be either tyrants or slaves



Women often do the most idiotic things

out of sheer obstinacy



World of memories, without a present

and without a future



Would like to shape the laws according

to their needs



Wretch treats me so kindly that I love

him more and more



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These quotations were collected from the works of Casanova by David Widger while preparing etexts for Project Gutenberg. Comments and suggestions will be most welcome.

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