Thursday, February 08, 2018


Two Types of People

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), Zibaldone, tr. Kathleen Baldwin et al. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), p. 1737 (Z 4068-4069, April 17, 1824):
People who are always used to pouring everything out naturally let out a yell if a fly stings them, or if a vase tips over or breaks, even when they are on their own. Those who are used to their own company and hold everything in do not open their mouths to complain or to ask for help if something happens to them accidentally, even in a crowd.

Le persone avvezze a versarsi sempre al di fuori, esclamano naturalmente anche quando sono solissime, se una mosca le punge, o si versa loro un vaso o si spezza; quelle assuefatte a convivere con se medesime, e ritenersi tutte al di dentro, anche in grande compagnia, se si sentono cogliere da un accidente non aprono bocca per lamentarsi o chiedere aiuto.

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