Anonymous said: Why do you like Casanova so much?
oh gosh anon, why don’t i love (because it is love) giacomo casanova?
i’ve described him before as ‘byron with more charm and less misogyny,’ and i still think that’s true.
because he is the actual, historical, embodiment of my favourite personality archetype: tricky, and sly, and swashbuckling, and decadent, and full of vitality, and getting away with so much. because he is an artist of life. because despite the legions of women he bedded, he wasn’t a misogynist, and he was interested in pleasuring them, too. because to me he seems to be the human counterpart of venice, the city that birthed him, which i’ve been haunted by for years. because he lived life to its fullest, whether that got him in trouble or no, and he knew the power that a story had, regularly reinventing himself to move forward, and then at the end of his life he sat and made sure that he told his own story so that he would not be forgotten.
"I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent."
"My Memoirs are not written for young persons who, in order to avoid false steps and slippery roads, ought to spend their youth in blissful ignorance, but for those who, having thorough experience of life, are no longer exposed to temptation, and who, having but too often gone through the fire, are like salamanders, and can be scorched by it no more. True virtue is but a habit, and I have no hesitation in saying that the really virtuous are those persons who can practice virtue without the slightest trouble; such persons are always full of toleration, and it is to them that my Memoirs are addressed."
"Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfills all the desires of the man it has captivated."
"I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of first introducing it into minds which were ignorant of its charms."
(all taken from his histoire de ma vie)
Giacomo Casanova #quoteoftheday #qotd
(2 April 1725 - 4 June 1798)