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Essays and Dialogues

Giacomo Leopardi

We would no more choose to feed the minds of our countrymen and women with the despairing utterances of the pessimist poet, than we would their bodies with hasheesh. Such melancholy as his clothed in such eloquent words may be the luxury of the idle; it is poison to those who have work to do in the world. It shuts out hope, the very spring of energy; it makes the cheerful steady pursuit of duty a thing utterly beyond human powers. For we can none of us stand alone. Either in human or divine love we must find the mainspring of all life worth living. There must be something outside of ourselves which we regard not with despair, but with hope. -- Handwritten dedication in the book, dated Feb. 19th, 1883

We would no more choose to feed the minds of our countrymen and women with the despairing utterances of the pessimist poet, than we would their bodies with hasheesh. Such melancholy as his clothed in such eloquent words may be the luxury of the idle; it is poison to those who have work to do in the world. It shuts out hope, the very spring of energy; it makes the cheerful steady pursuit of duty a thing utterly beyond human powers. For we can none of us stand alone. Either in human or divine love we must find the mainspring of all life worth living. There must be something outside of ourselves which we regard not with despair, but with hope. -- Handwritten dedication in the book, dated Feb. 19th, 1883
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We would no more choose to feed the minds of our countrymen and women with the despairing utterances of the pessimist poet, than we would their bodies with hasheesh. Such melancholy as his clothed in such eloquent words may be the luxury of the idle; it is poison to those who have work to do in the world. It shuts out hope, the very spring of energy; it makes the cheerful steady pursuit of duty a thing utterly beyond human powers. For we can none of us stand alone. Either in human or divine love we must find the mainspring of all life worth living. There must be something outside of ourselves which we regard not with despair, but with hope. -- Handwritten dedication in the book, dated Feb. 19th, 1883

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

7h 55m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

36:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:55