September 9th, 1939

“War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did not exist, and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values.”

Cesare Pavese (1908 – 1950); diary entry

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2 Responses to September 9th, 1939

  1. thehoneypot says:

    I remember reading Pavese in school, he was one of my favorite writers back then.

  2. nagaijin says:

    Cheers for that. I must confess that I know him only through that journal entry. We didn’t study him in school in Canada. I’d like to read a bit of him now, though.

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