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GIUSEPPE MAZZINI
Genoese revolutionary, patriot, propagandist and writer
(1805 - 1872)
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Art does not imitate, but interpret.
      - [Art]

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.
      - [Constancy]

God holds with the strong.
      - [Courage]

Good counsel has no price.
      - [Advice]

Great revolutions are the work rather of principles than of bayonets, and are achieved first in the moral, and afterwards in the material sphere.
      - [Revolution]

In ourselves, rather than in material nature, lie the true source and life of the beautiful. The human soul is the sun which diffuses light on every side, investing creation with its lovely hues, and calling forth the poetic element that lies hidden in every existing thing.
      - [Beauty]

Labor is the divine law of our existence; repose is desertion and suicide.
      - [Labor]

Liberty and equality--lovely and sacred words!
      - [Equality]

Music is the harmonious voice of creation, an echo of the invisible world, one note of the divine concord which the entire universe is destined one day to sound.
      - [Music]

Nations, like individuals, live and die; but civilization cannot die.
      - [Civilization]

Pardon is the virtue of victory.
      - [Pardon]

Poetry is enthusiasm with wings of fire; it is the angel of high thoughts, that inspires us with the power of sacrifice.
      - [Poetry]

Shakespeare's personages live and move as if they had just come from the hand of God, with a life that, though manifold, is one, and, though complex, is harmonious.
      - [Shakespeare]

Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing. Advance with it!
      - [Improvement]

So long as you are ready to die for humanity, the life of your country is immortal.
      - [Humanity]

Sorrow is not evil, since it stimulates and purifies.
      - [Sorrow]

The cradle of transformation.
      - [Graves]

The epoch of individuality is concluded, and it is the duty of reformers to initiate the epoch of association. Collective man is omnipotent upon the earth he treads.
      - [Individuality]

The great men of the earth are but the marking-stones on the road of humanity; they are the priests of its religion.
      - [Greatness]

The obscurest sayings of the truly great are often those which contain the germ of the profoundest and most useful truths.
      - [Quotations]

The religion of humanity is love.
      - [Love]

Truth is the daughter of Time.
      - [Truth]

Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, and leads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
      - Life and Writings (ch. V) [Life]

Every mission constitutes a pledge of duty. Every man is bound to consecrate his every faculty to its fulfilment. He will derive his rule of action from the profound conviction of that duty.
      - Life and Writings--Young Europe--General Principles
        [Duty]

One sole God;
  One sole ruler,--his Law;
    One sole interpreter of that law--Humanity.
      - Life and Writings--Young Europe--General Principles
         (no. 1) [God : Humanity]


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