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Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (38)

Every morning I rediscovered in her the same touching affection and in myself the same gratitude that, if it was not love, still bore a close resemblance to it. Who could have foreseen this, when I was limping from Ada to Alberta, to arrive at Augusta? I discovered I had not been a blind fool…

Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (37)

“I will never forget that, even without loving me, you married me.”I didn’t protest because the matter was so obvious that protest was impossible. But, filled with compassion, I embraced her.None of this was ever discussed again between Augusta and me because a marriage is far simpler than an engagement. Once married, you don’t talk…

Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (34)

He was quite learned, and despite my fatigue I sat and heard him out with admiration. Long afterwards I discovered that he had borrowed the brilliant theories of the young suicide Weininger.* At that moment I suffered the burden of the Bach all over again. I even suspected he had some therapeutic aim. If not,…

Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (32)

She said: “You, Zeno, need a woman who wants to live for you and help you. I want to be that woman.” She held out her plump hand, which I kissed, as if by instinct. Obviously it was impossible to do anything else. I must then confess that at that moment I was filled with…

Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (31)

You mustn’t take offense, Zeno, because that would grieve me. I know you’re a good sort and you know many things, without knowing it, whereas my professors know exactly what they know. consciousnessItalo Svevophilosophical literatureTriesteZeno’s Conscience