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35 Top Giacomo Casanova Quotes

Famous As: Adventurer
Born On: April 2, 1725
Died On: June 4, 1798
Born In: Venice, Italy
Died At Age: 73
Giacomo Casanova was an adventurer, spy and author. He experienced sex at an early age and became passionate about it. His erotic adventures turned his last name to be a synonym of ‘womanizer’. In his early days he aimed to enter priesthood but failed due to his obscene behavior. This made him struggle to survive and he travelled through Europe and did petty jobs. He returned to Venice and tried his luck as a Magician and was prisoned on charges of practicing witchcraft. He escaped and went to Paris where he introduced the ‘Lottery’ and gained fame in the aristocratic circles. He travelled a lot using his charm and gambling as a financial resource. He was unable to survive long and had to keep moving all through Europe. He served as a spy for Paris and Venice which helped him gain a fortune to lose at gambling. During his final days he took a job as a librarian and wrote the experiences of his life in order to maintain his legacy. His autobiography ‘Histoire De Ma Vie’ is considered to be one of the most authentic sources that gives a view about the norms and customs of European social life during the 18th century. We have compiled his most famous quotes and thoughts which have been scanned from his works and life. Go through these fascinating quotes by Giacomo Casanova.
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Be the flame, not the moth.

Be the flame, not the moth.

Giacomo Casanova
One who makes no mistakes makes nothing

One who makes no mistakes makes nothing

Giacomo Casanova
If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read.

If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read.

Giacomo Casanova
The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.

The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.

Giacomo Casanova
I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.

Giacomo Casanova
Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfils all the desires of the man it has captivated.

Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfils all the desires of the man it has captivated.

Giacomo Casanova
I am writing My Life to laugh at myself, and I am succeeding.

I am writing My Life to laugh at myself, and I am succeeding.

Giacomo Casanova
We ourselve are the authors of almost all our woes and griefs, of which we so unreasonably complain.

We ourselve are the authors of almost all our woes and griefs, of which we so unreasonably complain.

Giacomo Casanova
There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our lives.

There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our lives.

Giacomo Casanova
Give me a man who is man enough to give himself just to the woman who is worth him. If that woman were me,I would love him alone and forever

Give me a man who is man enough to give himself just to the woman who is worth him. If that woman were me,I would love him alone and forever

Giacomo Casanova
I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.

I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.

Giacomo Casanova
The same principle that forbids me to lie does not allow me to tell the truth.

The same principle that forbids me to lie does not allow me to tell the truth.

Giacomo Casanova
When a man is in love very little is enough to throw him into despair and as little to enhance his joy to the utmost.

When a man is in love very little is enough to throw him into despair and as little to enhance his joy to the utmost.

Giacomo Casanova
Lies, truth, loveI have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of it's charms.

Lies, truth, loveI have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of it's charms.

Giacomo Casanova
Desires are but pain and torment, and enjoyment is sweet because it delivers us from them.

Desires are but pain and torment, and enjoyment is sweet because it delivers us from them.

Giacomo Casanova
Man is a free agent; but he is not free if he does not believe it, for the more power he attributes to Destiny, the more he deprives himself of the power which God granted him when he gave him reason.

Man is a free agent; but he is not free if he does not believe it, for the more power he attributes to Destiny, the more he deprives himself of the power which God granted him when he gave him reason.

Giacomo Casanova
Love is a great poet, its resources are inexhaustible, but if the end it has in view is not obtained, it feels weary and remains silent.

Love is a great poet, its resources are inexhaustible, but if the end it has in view is not obtained, it feels weary and remains silent.

Giacomo Casanova
The thing is to dazzle

The thing is to dazzle

Giacomo Casanova
Economy spoils pleasure

Economy spoils pleasure

Giacomo Casanova
The story she had told me was possible, but it was not believable.

The story she had told me was possible, but it was not believable.

Giacomo Casanova
Cheating is a sin, but honest cunning is simply prudence. It is a virtue. To be sure, it has a likeness to roguery, but that cannot be helped. He who has not learned to practice it is a fool.

Cheating is a sin, but honest cunning is simply prudence. It is a virtue. To be sure, it has a likeness to roguery, but that cannot be helped. He who has not learned to practice it is a fool.

Giacomo Casanova
We love without heeding reason, and cease to love in the same manner.

We love without heeding reason, and cease to love in the same manner.

Giacomo Casanova
Love is only a feeling of curiousity more or less intense, grafted upon the inclination placed in us by nature that the species may be preserved.

Love is only a feeling of curiousity more or less intense, grafted upon the inclination placed in us by nature that the species may be preserved.

Giacomo Casanova
From that moment our love became sad, and sadness is a disease which gives the death-blow to affection.

From that moment our love became sad, and sadness is a disease which gives the death-blow to affection.

Giacomo Casanova
If you have not done anything worthy of being recorded, at least write something worthy of being read.

If you have not done anything worthy of being recorded, at least write something worthy of being read.

Giacomo Casanova
I found that the writer who says SUBLATA LUCERNA NULLUM DISCRIMEN INTER MULIERES ('when the lamp is taken away, all women are alike') says true; but without love, this great business is a vile thing.

I found that the writer who says SUBLATA LUCERNA NULLUM DISCRIMEN INTER MULIERES ('when the lamp is taken away, all women are alike') says true; but without love, this great business is a vile thing.

Giacomo Casanova
I am writing My Life so that I may laugh at myself, and I am succeeding.

I am writing My Life so that I may laugh at myself, and I am succeeding.

Giacomo Casanova
Hope is nothing but a deceitful flatterer accepted by reason only because it is often in need of palliatives.

Hope is nothing but a deceitful flatterer accepted by reason only because it is often in need of palliatives.

Giacomo Casanova
The philosopher is a person who refuses no pleasures which do not produce greater sorrows, and who knows how to create new ones.

The philosopher is a person who refuses no pleasures which do not produce greater sorrows, and who knows how to create new ones.

Giacomo Casanova
The man who seeks to educate himself must first read and then travel in order to correct what he has learned.

The man who seeks to educate himself must first read and then travel in order to correct what he has learned.

Giacomo Casanova
Youth runs away from old age, because it is its most cruel enemy

Youth runs away from old age, because it is its most cruel enemy

Giacomo Casanova
Finishing first is nothing to brag about.

Finishing first is nothing to brag about.

Giacomo Casanova
THE MAN WHO MAKES NO MISTAKES USUALLY MAKES NOTHING

THE MAN WHO MAKES NO MISTAKES USUALLY MAKES NOTHING

Giacomo Casanova
Happiness is gained by complying with the duties of whatever condition of life one is in, and you must constrain yourself to rise to that exalted station in which destiny has placed you.

Happiness is gained by complying with the duties of whatever condition of life one is in, and you must constrain yourself to rise to that exalted station in which destiny has placed you.

Giacomo Casanova