Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust, but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world. It is a part of humanity.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
In imitating the exemplary acts of a God or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic societydetaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
Man wishes woman to be peaceable, but in fact she is essentially warlike, like the cat.
In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
Every man has within himself the entire human condition
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind.
If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence.