Giacomo Leopardi

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Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (1798-06-291837-06-14) was an Italian poet and philosophical writer.

Giacomo Leopardi


  • Il piacere è sempre o passato o futuro, non mai presente.
    • Pleasure is always in the past or in the future, never in the present.
    • Source: Zibaldone, 3550, 29 settembre 1823, Festa di San Michele Arcangelo) [Zibaldone, 3550 – 1823-09-23, Festival of Saint Michael the Archangel]
  • Stato che sia, dentro covile o cuna,
    È funesto a chi nasce il dì natale.
    • To that creature, being born,
      Its birthday is a day to mourn.
    • Source: Canto notturno di un pastore errante dell'Asia (Night song of a nomadic shepherd in Asia) (1829-1830). Translation by Eamon Grennan, Leopardi: Selected Poems [Princeton University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-691-01644-5], p. 62

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