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37 Top Quotes By Luigi Pirandello

Famous As: Italian Playwright and Novelist & Winner of 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature
Born On: June 28, 1867
Died On: December 10, 1936
Born In: Agrigento, Italy
Died At Age: 69

One of the greats in the history of literature and arguably the best playwright and novelist hailing from Italy, Luigi Pirandello was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 for excellence in transforming psychoanalysis into celluloid. His notable work includes ‘The Late Mattia Pascal’, ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’, ‘One, No One and One Hundred Thousand and other poems’, short stories and novels in Sicilian. He had been nominated by Guglielmo Marconi as a member of Royal Academy of Italy. In 1929, Pirandello was also nominated for the Academy of Italy for his work in Diana e la Tuda (Diana and Tuda). With funding from Mussolini, he became the artistic director and owner of Teatro d'Arte di Roma. He described himself as a Fascist due to his nationality even though there have been interpretation from his play ‘The Giants of the Mountain’ that the fascists were hostile towards Italian culture. We have compiled some of his quotes from his writings, articles, speeches etc. Here are some of the famous quotations delivered by this maestro of Italian Literature.

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Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.

Luigi Pirandello
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be, like the reality of yesterday, an illusion tomorrow.

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be, like the reality of yesterday, an illusion tomorrow.

Luigi Pirandello
Life is full of strange absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.

Life is full of strange absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.

Luigi Pirandello
Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.

Luigi Pirandello
Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.

Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.

Luigi Pirandello
If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing.

If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing.

Luigi Pirandello
In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

Luigi Pirandello
It is so.When YOU think so

It is so.When YOU think so

Luigi Pirandello
You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.

You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.

Luigi Pirandello
When you say you are in love with humanity, you are well satisfied with yourself.

When you say you are in love with humanity, you are well satisfied with yourself.

Luigi Pirandello

I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.

Luigi Pirandello
I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.

Luigi Pirandello
When the characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.

When the characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.

Luigi Pirandello
I am an

I am an "unrealized" character, dramatically speaking...

Luigi Pirandello
A fact is like a sack - it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.

A fact is like a sack - it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.

Luigi Pirandello
Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!

Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!

Luigi Pirandello
…my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

…my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

Luigi Pirandello
I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve to you.

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve to you.

Luigi Pirandello
What is the stage? It's a place, baby, you know, where people play at being serious, a place where they act comedies. We've got to act a comedy now, dead serious.

What is the stage? It's a place, baby, you know, where people play at being serious, a place where they act comedies. We've got to act a comedy now, dead serious.

Luigi Pirandello
Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.

Luigi Pirandello
Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.

Luigi Pirandello
You don’t appreciate the fact that madmen are very lucky.

You don’t appreciate the fact that madmen are very lucky.

Luigi Pirandello
In his madness he became a terrifying actor!

In his madness he became a terrifying actor!

Luigi Pirandello
Have you ever thought to go away and never come back? Run away and lose your tracks, to go to a place far away and start living again, living a new life, only yours, really live? Did you ever think?

Have you ever thought to go away and never come back? Run away and lose your tracks, to go to a place far away and start living again, living a new life, only yours, really live? Did you ever think?

Luigi Pirandello
Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.

Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.

Luigi Pirandello
Una realt non ci fu data e non c', dobbiamo farcela noi: non sar mai una per tutti e per sempre ma di continuo e infinitamente mutabile.

Una realt non ci fu data e non c', dobbiamo farcela noi: non sar mai una per tutti e per sempre ma di continuo e infinitamente mutabile.

Luigi Pirandello
And no one realizes we should all, always, look like that, each with his eyes full of horror at his own, inescapable solitude.

And no one realizes we should all, always, look like that, each with his eyes full of horror at his own, inescapable solitude.

Luigi Pirandello
It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!

It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!

Luigi Pirandello
The history of mankind is the history of ideas.

The history of mankind is the history of ideas.

Luigi Pirandello
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow.

Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow.

Luigi Pirandello
We get paid to hang out in this beautiful court! Four puppets on a string, just like those two up there (pointing to the two hanging puppets), waiting for someone to jerk them into life and make them talk.

We get paid to hang out in this beautiful court! Four puppets on a string, just like those two up there (pointing to the two hanging puppets), waiting for someone to jerk them into life and make them talk.

Luigi Pirandello
For man never reasons so much and becomes so introspective as when he suffers;

For man never reasons so much and becomes so introspective as when he suffers;

Luigi Pirandello
The man, the writer, the instrument of the creation will die, but his creation does not die.

The man, the writer, the instrument of the creation will die, but his creation does not die.

Luigi Pirandello
Nowhere! It is merely to show you that one is born to life in many forms, in many shapes, as tree, or as stone, as water, as butterfly, or as woman. So one may also be born a character in a play.

Nowhere! It is merely to show you that one is born to life in many forms, in many shapes, as tree, or as stone, as water, as butterfly, or as woman. So one may also be born a character in a play.

Luigi Pirandello