Giuseppi di Lampedusa

6/25/2008

“Nowhere has truth so short a life as in Sicily; a fact has scarcely happened five minutes before its genuine kernel has vanished, been camouflaged, embellished, disfigured, squashed, annihilated by imagination and self-interest; shame, fear, generosity, malice, opportunism, charity, all the passions, good as well as evil, fling themselves onto the fact and tear it to pieces; very soon it has vanished altogether.”

Giuseppi di Lampedusa, The Leopard (p. 314)

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~ by severalfourmany on June 25, 2008.

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