When a great change is effected in human affairs it brings on by degrees a corresponding change in human conceptions. After the discovery of the Indies and of America, after the invention of printing and the multiplication of books, after the restoration of classic antiquity and the Reformation of Luther, any conception of the world then formed could no longer remain monastic and mystic.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
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.
I will try to write books until I drop dead.
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.
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.
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
The great mass of humanity should never learn to read or write.
Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
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.
All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings.
I did some writing and bought a book, and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.
The new spirituality will bring about what I'm calling the 'end of better.' And that is in fact what is called for in the next of the series of books that I've been writing.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.