"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Cesare Pavese on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Cesare Pavese on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Cesare Pavese on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Cesare Pavese on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Cesare Pavese on Ernest Hemingway
"A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man - the one he used to be."
"The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies."
"It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?"
"No woman marries for money they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first."
"Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce."