Giacomo Leopardi — Italian Poet born on June 29, 1798, died on June 14, 1837

Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most radical and challenging thinkers of the 19th century. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era. The extraordinary lyrical quality of his poetry made him a central protagonist in the European and international literary and cultural landscape... (wikipedia)

There are some centuries which - apart from everything else - in the art and other disciplines presume to remake everything because they know how to make nothing.
No human trait deserves less tolerance in everyday life, and gets less, than intolerance.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards.
Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.