Giacomo Leopardi


Born
in Recanati, Italy
June 29, 1798

Died
June 14, 1837

Genre

Influences


Italian scholar, poet, essayist and philosopher, one of the great writers of the 19th century.
Leopardi's love problems inspired some of his saddest lyrics. Despite having lived in a small town, Leopardi was in touch with the main ideas of the Enlightenment movement. His literary evolution turned him into one of the well known Romantic poets.
In his late years, when he lived in an ambiguous relationship with his friend Antonio Ranieri on the slopes of Vesuvius, Leopardi meditated upon the possibility of the total destruction of humankind.
Leopardi was a contemporary of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, with whom he shared a similarly pessimistic view of life. The latter praised Leopardi's philosophical thoughts on The World as Will
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More books by Giacomo Leopardi…
“The surest way of concealing from others the boundaries of one's own knowledge is not to overstep them.”
Giacomo Leopardi

“Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.”
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“Children find everything in nothing, men find nothing in everything.”
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